Step right up. See black male celebrities caping for free. With the S on their chests, black male celebs are here to save you. And by you, I mean white women.
A couple of days ago, a video surfaced of Khloe Kardashian’s mass exodus from a club in L.A. Her entourage was deep with bestie Malika, security, her friend Game and his entire crew in tow. Paparazzi were outside waiting to do what paps do. The camera lights flashed, video tapes rolled. At some point the paps, club goers or both started heckling Khloe about her marital woes. One obnoxiously loud stranger asked, “What’s up with Lamar on that crack?” Although Khloe remained mute, Game swooped in to play Captain-save-a-Kardashian by threatening to break the cameraman’s equipment. “Put your cameras down or there’s gonna be seven broke cameras,” he yelled. “You thought Kanye was a problem, I’m a real problem.” Meanwhile Khloe’s black female bestie, nearly came to blows with a guy defending Khloe and Game didn’t bat an eyelash about her protection.
Granted they are type A personalities like myself who are uber protective over friends. Totally understandable. It’s just annoying when you rarely see the same men jumping to defend black women.
There’s a long history of black men feeling like white women were a prize due to racism, conditioning and self-hatred. Historically, white women were off limits. The price of even looking at a white woman was brutal murder like 14-year-old Emmett Till who was beat, had one of his eyes gouged and shot in the head before he was dumped in the Tallahatchie River. And that was only 58 years ago. Once death was no longer the price, black men paid for engaging with a white woman she became revered by many black men as the ultimate prize. And what do you do with any prize? You protect it at all costs; hence the caping.
Game isn’t an isolated incident. Remember when Nas swooped in to save Gwenyth Paltrow after she used the N-word in a tweet? “I’ll slap the sh-t out of somebody for Gwenyth Paltrow,” Nas told an interviewer. “She gets a pass.” So because she’s a cool white girl, she gets a pass to drop “nigga” and Nas will go as far as slap somebody for her? How many black men–Juicy J, Mike WIll Made It, Pharrell–couldn’t wait to co-sign and defend Miley Cyrus to the press because according to them, her reinvented act isn’t cultural appropriation; it’s just her being a talented swagged out 20-year-old? It was also black men who tried their hardest (we’re eyeballing you Snoop Lion) to make Kreayshawn happen despite her lackluster rhymes and White Girl Mob dropping the N-bomb all over the ‘net. Side-eye, dudes.
Perhaps the sting wouldn’t leave such a ting if the same savior mentality showed up every once in a while for black women; you know, the women who look like their mamas and daughters. When Russell Simmons co-signed the god-awful Harriet Tubman sextape, there was a deafening silence from black male celebrities. When Rihanna was beat to a pulp by ex-boyfriend Chris Brown, black male celebrities were pretty damn quiet then, too.
The Kardashian family’s fortune stems from publicity. Khloe knows how to handle the paps. Her relevancy depends on the paps. Let’s also start being real about how much celebs who are famous for fame’s sake call the paps themselves. She appeared to be pretty unbothered. It’s interesting that Game felt the need to make a spectacle to “protect” his homegirl.
If you’re not one of these caping black men, I’m not talking to you. Chill. If you are, is it too much to ask that your cape extend to the very women who are always on the front lines when black men at large are getting racially profiled, killed by vigilantes or dragged in the media? Certainly there’s room for a little integration under those capes. Or maybe not.
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