Monday, July 14, 2008

Yung Berg Must Have Vitiligo...

...because how else do you explain such an ignorant, self-hating comments?

I'm sure 90% of AverageNation™ has no idea who Yung Berg is, and since I don't exactly frequent the FM airwaves, I'll admit I needed a little refreshing myself.

According to my AverageOlderBrother, Berg (I'm just guessin', that's short for Iceberg, right?) is the nameless d-bag on that Ray-J song that seems to be very popular for some unapparent reason.

Or perhaps you remember his teeny bopper hit "Sexy Lady".

Or perhaps not.

Anyways, since I caught a lot of flack for putting Lauren London out there the other day, I guess I owe the ladies some sorta weird GetBack by running these equally ignant comments. Berg was recently asked about his preference in the opposite sex, and he provided this gem.

“I’m kinda racist… I don’t really like dark butts too much… It’s rare that I do dark butts. Like really rare… It’s like, no darker than me. No darker than me. I love the pool test….

If you can be like ‘Yo, baby. I met you in the club. Let’s go back to my house. Jump in the pool exactly like you are.’–And you don’t come looking better wet than you were before you got in the pool then that’s not a good look.”
Alrighty then. Here's the offending audio, just in case you wanna hear it in context.

Paper bag tests? Is that what's really hot on the streets right now?

Surprisingly, the two women interviewing him didn't even bother checking him, thus the indirect co-sign. But this being Les Internetes and all, soon thereafter, sistas were all over this moron, leading to this half-assed "apology".

Yeah, I know, in the grand scheme of things, Yung Berg is little more than a crumb in the annals of hip hop history. Still, the most interesting thing is that (according to AOB) Yung Berg mostly appeals to young black girls, who buy the overwhelming majority of his music. I'm sure dude was prolly high on syrup or something when he made that comment, but it'll be interesting to see if this effectively ethers his career or only increases his sales.

Cause you know, rap music can be strange like that sometimes.

I'm gonna go waaaay out there and proclaim this as a watershed moment for sexism in hip hop. Berg is small potatoes and thus an easy target. Men can and should be vocal about such ignorance, but ultimately women (like the two bimbettes who interviewed him) co-sign whether or not this is acceptable. If the legions of young girls whom his music targets stop buying this drivel and quit requesting his songs, it could prove to be a turning point of sorts.

It would be the ultimate "enough is enough" message. Using this lightweight as a sacrificial lamb just might send a message to true players of equal ignorance (Snoop, Nelly, Plies) that their time is nearing.

On the other hand, if we look up a year from now and see dis' bama accepting a BET Award, I'd have to consider that an admission that folks don't give a crap either way.

Time will tell.

Question: Is this a prime of example of When Keepin' It Self-Hated Goes Wrong, or will Yung Berg's preteen fans forgive and forget? Have you ever heard something so ignorant and over-the-top?

Yung Berg Recants “Anti-Black Butt” Statements [StreetKnowledge]

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