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by vivrant thang on makes me wanna holler
Oh make me wanna holler / throw up both my hands
Oh, make me wanna holler/They don’t understand
Read this mess that was posted a couple of days ago on the notorious celebrity gossip BTSNBN (Blog That Shall Not Be Named). It’s easy enough to find.
I am not an avid reader of the site, nor will I ever be. I have been there a few times in the past when linked there from other sites. As with all these kinds of blogs, they make their dollars by being habitual line steppers and stirring up controversy. Fine. They are reporting gossip after all. The celebrities revel in the attention.
However, there are certain lines you do NOT cross. How dare they fix their cyberlips to call a pillar of our community a “ho?” That’s a disgrace.
Some of the commenters are arguing that “Ho Sit Down” it’s a recurring theme on the site and that’s it been used for other celebs and public figures when they do something that the “BTSNBN” staff disagrees with. So why are we up in arms over “old ass” Maya Angelou? Besides, she actually is a former ho.
I know, I know. I’m close to the edge as well.
Because of all the controversy, which I’m sure they are thrilled about because hits equal dollars, the staff put up a silly “disclaimer” that of course appeased some of their ignorant commenters.
You see what I thought of it.
You can’t piss on Vivrant Thang and tell her it’s raining.
Maya Angelou is an icon in our community. She is an elder that has made invaluable contributions to our literary landscape and was an important figure in the Civil Rights Movement. If it wasn’t for these “chitlin-era” (WTF?) leaders, their (presumably) BLACK asses wouldn’t have a platform to talk the mess they talk on there. We are in fact standing on their shoulders. It’s okay to disagree with their actions and critique their ineffectiveness as it’s true that a lot of our leaders are in fact still stuck in the dark ages. However, it must be done respectfully. It’s unconscionable that she was mentioned or pictured anywhere near the word “ho.”
So let’s delve into the argument that they use the “Ho Sit Down” theme on the site for anyone in the public eye that says or does things they disagree with. They are using it for Maya because she came out endorsing Hillary with what they percieve to be a diss to Obama, who I guess is their candidate of choice.
“As we saw in S.C., these old-timers are disconnected with what the people want.”
First of all, did I miss something? Obama did win big in SC and got some pretty huge endorsements after that. So what the hell are they talking about? Was there another outcome that they wanted?
Then, they are disconnected with what the PEOPLE want? She’s talking about what SHE wants. Is she not entitled to endorse the candidate of her choice?
Again, this is the problem I have with these Obama stans (not to be confused with supporters, of which I am one). They attack anyone that isn’t voting for him, as if we all have one collective mind and are not allowed to think and evaluate a candidate individually. Somehow everybody with black skin better vote for Obama or you are a race traitor that needs to be taken out immediately. That mess pisses me off royally. Ya’ll ignorant negroes are always a day late, a dollar short, and a few bricks shy of a load when it comes time to get down with the “U-N-I-T-Y.”
Whatever the reasons, Maya chose to overlook the major Billary missteps and support “her girl.” Disagree with her? Cool. But don’t disrespect her like that. She doesn’t deserve it. Save those insults for Kwame Kilpatrick. Now that’s a proven ho that needs to definitely sit down!
What’s next? Is there a post coming tomorrow with Maxine Waters picture under, “Supaman this ho!”
Despite her endorsement of the Hillary, does anyone really think Obama wants the vote of anyone that would in any way associate Maya with the word ho? Do you really think he would approve of that kind of “support?”
I think not. Not my candidate. I don’t know who they are really voting for. What’s really going on? We are supposed to be running the upstanding campaign here. It’s ignorant to reference Obama’s name on anything like this. Wait until this story really catches on. It’s already spreading like wildfire.
And we were up in arms over Imus. I tell you, some of us sure got it twisted.
Now, let me go sit down…with a drink.
If I make it through this campaign, it will be a miracle.
If you care to want to have your say about this, here’s all the info you need.
Update: 1/31 : Verizon Wireless is pulling their advertising dollars from that site. Good. I don’t want my cell phone bill money going to fund foolishness.
Also, check out Afrobella’s commentary. She’s much more eloquent in her disapproval. Ya’ll know how I do.
Great post. One of the best denunciations of BTSNBN that I’ve read all week in blogosphere! As a woman a couple of decades than Ms. Angelou, I’m pleased to see women of your generation step up and draw a line in the sand saying to those within your generation, “you’ve crossed a line on this one.”
Great post! I agree with everything you said.
There is also another statement using ho and Obama that I have come across on Facebook profile pictures, (Bro’s (Barack) before Ho’s (Hillary)).
I think this is equally tragic because people are making overt sexist statements to rally people to support Obama.
Thank you for your post!
young woman said:
Actually they’re making a joke referencing an episode of the Boondocks. Totally separate issue, dude and not related to being sexist as it’s a play on sexist rappers dealing with hidden issues of homosexuality… People who watch the show(a graphic designer friend of mine in particular) decided to play off the joke in his support for Obama. Now, if u wanna talk about how people should employ civility, I’m with you. But this is not an issue of sexism(though this campaign was laced with legitimate ones). …had to let u know.
And I am glad you are not mentioning their name!
vivrant thang said:
@ sowithin: Thank you so very much for stopping by and commenting. I am just so angry about this, admittedly because Maya is my soror and because she is a woman I’ve always admired. There is definitely a line and they have just stomped all over it. I’m also mad that they try to insult folks’ intelligence. I don’t want my candidate associated with any mess like that. Again, thanks so much for your comments.
@ Fal: Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Yea I’ve seen that on a t-shirt and I don’t like that either. I think Obama would give anyone showing up at a rally wearing that the serious side eye.
And no, I’m not mentioning their name and giving them more hits! They don’t need to be named!
Again, thanks for your comment
yeah… thats blatant and total disrespect… we have to draw the line somewhere… and you dont always have to agree with your elders but you definitely have to respect them. Very tasteless and class-less
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I don’t agree with Maya Angelou either, but I wouldn’t step to the point of not showing her the respect she deserves. You see the kind of drama which The Tabloid Era has created? Maybe 100 years from now, it will once again be about journalism again. Then again, I don’t know. lol. Money talks.
Seriously though, Vivrant, I like the way you stood up for Maya and defined the difference between an Obama stan, and an Obama supporter.
Then, on top of the post, they went and found the most disturbing picture ever to group with the post.
vivrant thang said:
@ Eb- Exactly. Tasteless and classless…not in line with what an Obama supporter should be. Let that kind of support stay on the other side of the aisle.
@ Don – I appreciate your support on this. I also like the distinction you made between the Tabloid Sensation era and real journalism. Sadly, I don’t think it will ever go back there.
And yes, I meant to comment on the picture. They got her looking like Uncle Ruckus from Boondocks…on purpose. Terrible.
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Although I disagree with her support of Billary, I’d never call her a hoe. That’s a bit much and disrespectful.
vivrant thang said:
@ ph : Exactly. There’s a way to disagree respectfully, which is the way I run things on this blog. However, this isn’t a gossip blog and their business is causing controversy. I just wish they wouldn’t do it at the expense of a woman like Maya.
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