Friday, February 29, 2008

Why, Sistas, WHY!?!?!?

Ok, Disclaimer Time.

The video I'm about to show is to encourage discussion. I'm not passing any judgement on these young ladies for what they're choosing to do. I would like us to discuss exactly what motivates these young ladies to do what they're doing, however.

This video is probably not safe for work, although it's on YouTube. Consider yourself forewarned, and don't blame me if your boss thinks otherwise. The language is bad, and there's some lewd behavior, but you're not really going to be able to comment if you don't watch it in it's entirety.

A co-worker forwarded me this. I don't go scouring the web for this kinda stuff, but it was so disturbing on so many levels, I had to throw it to ya'll to make some sense for me.

I'm not sexist! Some of my best wives are women. Remember that before ya'll start flaming me.
Ok, now for some context: this is apparently an open audition for an upcoming Flavor of Love type reality show for Florida rapper Plies. You probably don't know him, but he's a college educated, Kirk Franklin look-alike who had a very minor hit last year with T-Pain called Shawty . He's no Jay-Z, but don't tell these young ladies that.

Watch and weep.

Sojourner Truth is crying inside. Ida B. Wells too. Hell, I'm crying myself.

I don't really know what angle to discuss this from, but I'd ask that we stay away from the typical responses (fatherlessness, sexism in hip-hop). Those are valid reasons, but they can't possibly explain away all of this. These young ladies are practically handing over their dignity on a silver platter for the possibility of being on an unscheduled (evar?) reality show with a 4th rate rapper. What sense does that make?

I'm not asking the question that follows for the sake of blaming or pointing fingers. And I don't want this to turn into a male vs female cyberbattle, but I gotta know.

Question: Why do SOME black women do this kinda stuff? Key word: SOME.

Bonus Vids: A Medley of Plies Greatest... uhhhmmm, Hits!?!!?

100 Years

Shawty (ft. T-Pain)

Got Em' Hatin'

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