Thursday, April 12, 2007

Questionable Quotes: The Justification of Ho

Snoop Dogg, a fan of the word "hos," commented on Imus, the 187 year-old Whitey McWhitey bigot who used to term on-air (along with the adjective nappy-headed) to describe black female basketball players. Here's what Snoop had to say:"It's a completely different scenario. [Rappers] are not talking about no collegiate basketball girls who have made it to the next level in education and sports. We're talking about hos that's in the 'hood that ain't doing s**t, that's trying to get a n**ga for his money. These are two separate things. First of all, we ain't no old-ass white men that sit up on MSNBC going hard on black girls. We are rappers that have these songs coming from our minds and our souls that are relevant to what we feel. I will not let them muthaf**kas say we are in the same league as him. Kick him off the air forever." [source]

Snoop Dogg - the modern moral compass of America - pointing us straight to the justification of the term ho. I would have an easier time reading this comment if he did not star that Girls Gone Wild Spring Break - you know, degrading college-aged girls who were out of the hood and doing shit. Time to go back to the drawing board with that comment - I understand his point, it's just that no matter how you package it up, it's still a big box of wrong. This is honestly a double-edged sword for me - people have the freedom to say whatever they want in our country. I just don't understand why they would want to degrade young women when their only actions were working hard both on and off the court (playing Division I sports isn't a walk in the park). I also don't understand why people have to keep bringing it back to race. If he wanted to be mean, he could easily have gone the less caustic tranny insult route - works on almost any female athlete regardless of race (and I'm not justifying/supporting mysogny). BUT WHY BE MEAN TO THESE WOMEN IN THE FIRST PLACE? In the meantime, I'm leaning toward Snoop's "kick him off the air for good" comment - personally I don't want some inarticulate century-old cowboy-hat-wearing asshole making tons of money of consistently bigoted comments - it's the same reason I don't like Ann Coulter and her Adam's apple minus the cowboy hat. Instead, let's fill his place with someone who can shock people with their intelligence.

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