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Canceling Cancel Culture

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I can no longer keep track of who I should not be supporting. Nearly every week, we are canceling someone for some transgression, and frankly, I am officially over it. And, I’m over it because nobody ever really gets canceled. Robert Kelly is still out here prospering; Lil Duval is still…lil duval-ing; Linnethia Leakes is on my television every week; and, Azalea Banks makes it to the homepage of your favorite blogs at least once a month.

By now, I feel like we, collectively, know that canceling people doesn’t change their problematic views, so why do we still participate in it?

It’s entertaining. I’ll admit, I have spent many a glorious afternoon reading Twitter thread after Twitter thread aimed at dragging someone (who usually absolutely deserves it) by their flimsy edges. After all, how could they be so stupid to say all their real thoughts and feelings aloud? Don’t they know how social media works by now?

The problem with canceling people is that we don’t leave room for them to grow. Yes, we are super-woke right now, and we have all these new, super-woke terms in our everyday lexicon. Yet, despite what Beyoncé says, we, in fact, did not wake up like this. If I were a betting woman, I would bet that a good number of us grew up in conservative, religious-based households where the notion of respectability was bred into our being because our parents thought it would save us from the injustices they endured. And you know what this actually bred in us — sexism, colorism, classism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia and all those other bigotries. It takes years and years and years of living and reading and listening and interacting with other people to start dismantling some of this.

And, when we cancel people, most people don’t respond with head down and tail tucked; instead, they double-down in their bigotry which only prolongs the awakening. So, what really comes from all this canceling? Does any policy change? Does it make women and transwomen safer? Does it make sure poor Black and Brown children aren’t bundled up in classrooms with no heat during dangerously cold weather?

And that’s not to say that sometimes this internet fury doesn’t work. I fully believe @ReignofApril’s #OscarsSoWhite hashtag pushed representation in the film in the right direction. Plus, the consistent dragging of Lena Dunham by Black women just makes my heart soar every time, so I definitely don’t want that to change. However, I recognize that beyond some entertainment value, cancel culture is more performative and harmful than anything else. For a community that is constantly pushing against the stereotype of monolithism, canceling people sure feels a lot like…monolithism.

Yes, some people do need to be canceled – William Henry Cosby is at the top of the list. But then I think about Gabby Douglas, whose comments about her teammate’s sexual assault were unequivocally wrong, however, the calls for her cancellation felt premature and well…wrong too. The girl is 22 years old and as it would happen, a victim herself (allegedly). Doesn’t she deserve just a little grace?

Let’s call cancel culture what it really is: it is our way — the marginalized, the invisible, the silenced, the powerless — to exert some control over a world that is increasingly becoming more dangerous and less tolerant. It is a performance of a power that really doesn’t exist.

So, I implore you, before you reach for your device and join in on canceling the next problematic fave, think about who you used to be and remember the next person to be canceled could be you.

 

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Fix It Jesus! Mo’nique Asks For A Boycott of Netflix After Declining Their Small Offer For Comedy Special

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Mo’nique is shedding light on Hollywood again, but this time the light is a little dim. The Academy Award winner took to Instagram to voice her disappointment in Netflix’s abysmal offer for a comedy special. She claims they offered her $500,000 and that was nowhere near what Amy Schumer was offered.

 

“Hey my loves, I am asking that you stand with me and boycott Netflix for gender bias and color bias. I was offered a $500,000 deal last week to do a comedy special. However, Amy Schumer was offered $11 million, Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle, $20 million. Then Amy Schumer went back and renegotiated 2 more million dollars because she said, ‘I shouldn’t get what the men are getting, they’re legends. However, I should get more’ and Netflix agreed.

Still, don’t believe it… take a look at the video for yourself.

#BOYCOTT#NETFLIX FOR #COLORBIAS AND #GENDERBIAS. PLEASE STAND WITH ME. I LOVE US.

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My reaction

Let us not be petty. Mo’nique deserves more than $500,000, honestly. She has proven herself despite being blackballed in Hollywood (allegedly).

Mo’nique isn’t entirely wrong for pushing back against the offer — we do know there is some bias when it comes to women in the industry, and she is a black woman, so she gets it twice as hard.

If it were me, I would’ve taken the money and kept it moving. Let’s be realistic — Netflix isn’t going anywhere, and a boycott won’t be happening for something like this. We aren’t cutting the chord. Plus, Netflix has been offering us some good, quality content lately.

Mo’nique shared the video on Instagram and barely garnered 50,000 views in 5 hours. It took The Shade Room to help it get some attention. Netlix gambled and now Monique is gambling but she has way more to lose.

 

Should Mo’nique have taken the money and minded her business, or does she have a point, even if isn’t very sharp?

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Offset:”I Cannot Vibe With Queers” While Wearing Queer Designers

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Fellow Migos rapper Offset just keeps running into the mess in 2018! The rapper has made headlines for cheating on his fiance of 90 days and now he can add another headline for a verse dropped referring to him not vibing with queers.

He was featured on Boss Life with YFN Lucci. You can hear the song in its entirety below but the “I cannot vibe with queers.” starts at 0:23.

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I will never understand how rappers spew homophobic comments and lyrics like this but continue to wear queer designers and even mention them in their songs. Why even mention you don’t vibe with queers in a song? Cardi B get your man.

Was the verse necessary? Or should we not expect much from someone who records themselves cheating?

 

UPDATE: Offset has now released an apology via Instagram.

 

 

Considering the incident his group Migos had with performing with drag queens during Katy Perry’s SNL performance, I’m not buying it. Not to forget about the group’s comment on ILoveMackonnen the rapper who came out last year. “The world is fucked up. This world is not right.”

 

 

How many more times is the group together and separately going to apologize for homophobic comments like this?

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Singer Seal Reads Fox News, Stacey Dash and Everyone Else

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On Friday, January 12, 2018, singer Seal took to his social media to read Fox News, former video vixen Stacey Dash and every other critic of his January 10th Instagram post. In that post, which Seal re-posted a meme of television mogul Oprah Winfrey with dethroned Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein with the meme reading; “When you have been part of the problem for decades…but suddenly they all think you are the solution”. This came days after Winfrey received her historic Golden Globe honor and gave her much-publicized acceptance speech referencing the #MeToo and Time’s Up movement.

In the wake of his post Seal found himself in a publicity storm with Fox News discussing the merit of his post as well as black Twitter tearing the singer apart, calling him everything from an “Uncle Tom” to a “coon”.

After two days it would seem like Seal had finally had enough and posted a video letting everyone know that he was not attacking Winfrey. In the three-minute video, he refers to Harvey Weinstein as merely the “pig in the picture”. He explains that re-posting the meme was not an attempt to come for Winfrey but rather him calling out the “hypocritical and double standard nature and behavior in Hollywood”.

To further support Seal’s point, in an email obtained from the Motion Picture Editor’s Guild, they stated that the “recent public reports about sexual harassment demonstrate what many of us have long known about the entertainment industry – that discrimination and sexual harassment exists and, in many instances, has been tolerated and/or ignored”.

Seal went on to state that if these Hollywood men looked anything like him they would be facing more than being merely fired. That their firing isn’t real justice for those who have been sexually abused and harassed, these abusers need to be charged.

Before his video ended he addressed Fox New for trying to use him as a pawn against Winfrey and finally coming for the station’s favorite puppet Stacey Dash, advising Dash to keep his name out her mouth and commenting that she can stay living in the Sunken Place.

 

 

Do you agree with Seal?

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