Okay, people. We’ve only been moved to use the header Not Okay when something comes across our desk(top) that is so singularly, strikingly wrong that it needs to be addressed straight on (and that only once, really). But the internet is large the fuckery goes deep and there is only so much time in a day, so when 12 or 13 things come across your desk(top) that scream ‘Not Okay’ on the very same day–its time to throw SEO to the wind and have a roundup at the Not Okay corral:
– Danny Brown Gets Head On Stage: Over the weekend notoriously x-rated rapper Danny Brown apparently received oral attentions from a female fan in the front row mid-rap at a Minnesota concert, who pulled his pants down without permission. A blurry video appeared online, some questionable “firsthand” testimonials surfaced on Reddit (damn, between this and mis-identifying the Boston Marathon bomber, Reddit is like the new CNN and shit) but the entire incident only became real when Kendrick Lamar tweeted about it (and Danny replied):
Feel free to place your vote of Okay or #NotOkay now, but maybe not before reading:
– Kitty Pryde Gets Mad About Danny Brown’s Oral “Thing”: Today in an entertaining and thoughtful but also somewhat disturbing Noisey editorial, Danny’s tourmate Kitty Pryde got mad about the whole thing in a rather unexpected way:
“‘The Thing’ was not a thing that Danny facilitated—it was an actual sexual assault, and somehow nobody gives a fuck about that but me.”
Which seems ludicrous on the face of it, but raises some interesting points about our expectations and the way we read things (or play things off–gentlemen, I’m looking at you) differently based on gender and race. Along the way she says some smart things and some crazy things and also gives a hilarious glimpse into what being Danny Brown’s tourmate is actually like:
“Gropers…take everything Danny raps about 100% literally, and assume that before the show we’re all backstage licking molly off each other’s buttholes. They often wear tube tops, even in Michigan where it was cold as fuck. Sometimes they come back to our hotel with us, and I’ve even parked their cars for them when they’re too drunk to drive. “
–Tyler, The Creator’s Ad Pulled By Mountain Dew For Being Racist: The infamous “Felicia The Goat” Mountain Dew spot created by Odd Future’s Tyler, The Creator was called out in a scathing editorial on YourBlackWorld for its heavy-handed use of racial stereotypes, specifically “ratchety negroes” (<–YBW’s words, NOT MINE) who are assembled in a police line-up with said goat, voice-acted by Tyler himself. The editorial directly resulted in Mountain Dew pulling the ad. Now there’s no disputing that this ad is offensive and makes blatant use of racial stereotypes-but whether it reinforces them or spoofing through extreme exaggeration the way the very same messages are conveyed by cop dramas and other less-controversial media is a worthy subject of debate (watch above to get it from the goat’s mouth, so to speak). YBW also notes that Mountain Dew is under pressure for its sponsorship of Lil Wayne and his refusal to apologize for comparing his sex-partner’s vaginal parts to the face of murdered civil rights activist Emmett Till. Which brings us to:
-Lil Wayne Apologizes For His Offensive Emmett Till Bars: After standing firm for a minute Lil Wayne eventually caved to pressure, officially apologizing to the family of murdered civil rights activist Emmett Till for the line: “beat the p**sy up like Emmett Till” on Future’s song “Karate Chop.” From the outside at least, coming as it does within hours of Mountain Dew dropping Tyler’s ad spot, this appears to be a move from the Rick Ross playbook, standing on free speech and wordplay right up until the moment the corporate money gets fucked up (at least Lil Wayne’s apology is not completely after the fact). On the other hand it feels wrong to beat up on Wayne the same day he goes back in to the hospital with purp-related seizures. And as tempting as it to speculate that he wanted to get his conscience clean because he knew his health was shaky–or even cracked under the stress of the situation–the only human thing seems to be to wish Wayne a speedy recovery so that he can live to spit another day. Read the full text of his open letter below:
Dear Till Family:
As a recording artist, I have always been interested in word play. My lyrics often reference people, places and events in my music, as well as the music that I create for or alongside other artists.
It has come to my attention that lyrics from my contribution to a fellow artist’s song has deeply offended your family. As a father myself, I cannot imagine the pain that your family has had to endure. I would like to take a moment to acknowledge your hurt, as well as the letter you sent to me via your attorneys.
Moving forward, I will not use or reference Emmett Till or the Till family in my music, especially in an inappropriate manner. I fully support Epic Record’s decision to take down the unauthorized version of the song and to not include the reference in the version that went to retail. I will not be performing the lyrics that contain that reference live and have removed them from my catalogue.
I have tremendous respect for those who paved the way for the liberty and opportunities that African-Americans currently enjoy. As a business owner who employs several African-American employees and gives philanthropically to organizations that help youth to pursue their dreams my ultimate intention is to uplift rather than degrade our community.
Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr.