The Feminist Nonsense Continues: Lizzo at the Lakers Game

I’m not even sure where to start with this.  In case you haven’t heard I’ll recap the insanity.  Pop star Lizzo went to a Lakers game in a loose T shirt dress with a cut out at the behind which exposed her bare cheeks and black thong.  During the game Lizzo was put on the jumbotron and she did a little dance.  It was cute but then she turned around so the camera can get a look at her bare butt cheeks and thong while she continued to dance.

I was appalled by it but there’s a lot of shocking things going on in the world today.  I was prepared to file this away and move forward.  But then Lizzo and her dress with the butt cut out became a trending topic and Lizzo went on a rant on IG.  And here is where the problem starts for me.  Lizzo is quoted as saying “if you don’t like my a$$ you can kiss it”.  We weren’t thinking about her a$$ until she showed it to us.

The so called #bodypositive rant is what made this incident a feminist and “woke” talking point on You Tube this week.  Lizzo is a #bodypositivity ambassador and the body positivity movement rubs me the wrong way.  I’ve seen #bodypositivity posts all over Instagram and they come across as a manipulative scam.

#bodypositivity is a way to get women out of their clothes.  #bodyposi convinces women that they have to take off their clothes in order to prove that they love their bodies and are confident women.  The #bodyposi community believes that bearing it all is a way to conquer insecurities.

The #bodypositivity movement really has very little to do with confidence and being happy with yourself.  It has more to do with seeking attention and validation.  I have more respect for #thirsttrapthursday posts.  At least they are completely honest in their intentions and they aren’t fake woke.

The #bodypositivity and modern feminist movement is telling women that they should seek to be lusted after.  Modern feminism and #bodypositivity are not seeking to have women valued as a human beings and individuals.  The focus on a woman’s body and not anything else she can offer the world.

Lizzo is beautiful, talented, energetic and charismatic.  I wouldn’t have noticed that she is heavy without her pointing it out.   Her size and feminist activism is part of her brand despite the fact that she is a well trained classical flutist and rapper (what a combination) with a great stage presence.  Lizzo has a great deal to offer the world but instead she chooses to focus on a$$.

She is selling herself short and the image that she puts out of herself is cartoonish.  I feel like she is living up to stereotypes about larger women, particularly large Black women.  Lizzo claims to be standing up for women that don’t have slim bodies but she presents full figure in unflattering ways when it would be very easy for her to project a stylish image.  She has the goods and resources to do so.

I’m curious about what Lizzo was expecting when she turned her bare backside to the jumbotron camera.  Was she expecting a round of applause?  She received criticism from showing her thonged behind in public (shocker) and then she went into victim mode and told everyone that they were criticizing her because she is big and Black.  She didn’t take into consideration that her actions would be seen as uncouth to some if not most people.

But Lizzo isn’t the biggest problem.  The biggest problem are the social media feminists.  They say that the world was trying to police her body because she is a Black with a lot of meat.  She could have worn almost anything without criticism but she chose something that she knew would be controversial.  Those of us that find her taste and behavior to be questionable are now being made out to be bigots and chauvinists.  This is emotional blackmail.

It’s not our job to validate every person when they do things for shock value or out of desperation.  And we don’t have to give positive reinforcement to Hollyweird and rich n word culture.  This Lizzo situation is almost a real life version of The Emperor’s New Clothes.  

Lizzo could do a lot to represent full figured women by just being the talented and beautiful woman that she is but she’s wasting this opportunity with her shenanigans.  I do not think that the activism that she is becoming known for will sustain her career as a musician.  If no one’s told Lizzo this, you’re pretty and talented.  You don’t need to pull childish pranks.

 

Shannon’s Christmas Playlist

It’s Christmas music season and here is a short playlist with a few of my favorite songs.  Have a happy holiday season and enjoy the music.

 

I love Stevie Wonder’s voice and this is song has a very sweet sentiment.

 

This song has become a classic.  I remember when it was new.  I bought it on cassette and played it for years until my tape player broke.

 

This is probably my favorite Christmas song and I love the video.  The 80s fashions put it over the top.

 

Who else but The Temptations could make Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and R & B classic?

 

If The Temptations only made this one track they would still be legends.

 

I love this song.  It’s pure happiness and joy.

 

Little Drummer Boy is one of my favorite Christmas songs.  I love what Justine Bieber did here.

 

No one sings like Whitney Houston.

More Feminist Confusion

The feminists are at it again.  These people are harder to understand than calculus.  Music producer Jermaine Dupri made a comment that most female rappers today make songs about the stripper life.  Social media feminists got upset for some reason and somehow Jermaine Dupri has become a prudish hypocrite in their minds even though their response is a bit prudish.  I thought feminists were in favor of “sexual liberation” and expression.

I don’t listen to much new rap music anymore.  I’ve gotten too old.  So if I have heard of you that means that you have become pretty darn popular.  Cardi B is a hip hop pop star that has become difficult to escape.  And I’ve gotten introduced to Megan Thee Stallion and City Girls.  I don’t care for Cardi B. at all but I think that Megan Thee Stallion and City Girls are quite talented.

I’m a Bible thumper that believes that there is more power for women in modesty than there is in raw sexuality.  I also believe that these talented young women would be better served by not flaunting their sexuality.  The public will only tolerate that without mocking it while a woman is young but no one is young forever or even very long.  You have to have something to sell and talk about other than sex.  But I’m not the target market for the music industry and I’m in my middle forties.  The City Girls and Megan didn’t ask for my opinion.

I like these girls because I can understand what they are saying.  They aren’t mumble rappers that sound like they are coming out of a cold medicine induced haze.  They are charismatic, energetic, young, brash and beautiful.  They are urban or perhaps ratchet is the better word and make no apologies for it.  Their music is fun.  And yes, they are sexy and put forth a stripper like image.  When I ran across their videos on You Tube they made me smile.  I don’t know City Girls and Megan Thee Stallion’s backgrounds but Cardi B. was an actual stripper.

Hip hop has been filthy, blunt and telling tales of urban counter culture since the late 80s. That’s the draw and the charm.  Hip hop has sold millions and probably billions because it sells a fantasy to those of us that are students, housewives and work cubicle jobs.  They say and do things before an audience that most of us would never do even after a couple of shots of tequila.  Feminism has done it’s job.

The City Girls parents probably hadn’t even met yet when tawdry rap music gained popularity and began to dominate the charts. Megan The Stallion and Cardi B. never really had a chance and most young women are never really given a different option to present themselves as something other than slutty.  But hey, we’re talking about grown, career women and I respect their choices.

Explicit lyrics, filth and racial slurs ahead.

I thought that feminists were in favor of women expressing themselves sexually and on their own terms.  That’s what the City Girls and Megan Thee Stallion are doing.  It’s what Nicki Minaj did before them.  And it’s what Lil Kim and Foxy Brown did before her these girls’ parents even met.  The young feminist response to Jermaine Dupri’s response should have been “So what if they rap about stripping.  What’s wrong with stripping?”  That would have made more sense to double down on their feminist values.

More trash ahead.

Instead they name off a bunch of other current female rappers that have a more wholesome or emo image.  In order to say that all young female rappers aren’t stripper like.  If feminists are truly supportive of these modest rappers why aren’t they more popular?  Capitalism is it’s own form of Democracy and feminists get a vote.

Jermaine Dupri is absolutely right.  Most popular young female rappers are selling sex.  It’s the way of the world and you need to be a real rebel to make a different choice.  There may be a Lauryn Hill or Missy Elliot equivalent for today but she doesn’t seem to be selling much music.  Or at least she’s not selling enough downloads and getting enough buzz to become mainstream like Cardi B.

Jermaine Dupri isn’t young anymore.  He’s forty six years old and it sounds like he’s gained some wisdom along the way.  He understands that there is more power for women in modesty and using talent and intelligence.  I hold the same opinion but I guess I’m enough of a feminist to respect an adult woman’s life choice.  He’s just trying to let young women with aspirations in the music business that their longevity is not in blatant sex appeal.

After all, Lauryn Hill still sells out concerts even though her fans know she might show up two hours late.  And we’ve never seen much of her body or heard much about her sexual experiences.  She did it all with talent and hard work.  Punctuality, not so much.

But feminists are interested in arguing and becoming outraged no matter what.  That seems to be the goal.  They aren’t even standing behind their cause of sexual liberation and expression.  A man got them to rally around modest rappers today which is what he was supporting.  Women stay losing.

#teambreezy/Confessions

Chris Brown shot his mouth off in a recently released new track and it’s got the Black gossip blogs on You Tube in a tizzy.  He said something to the affect of he only has sex with Black women with nice hair.  How sweet.  Lucky them.  That song lyric has started a poop storm.  I’m glad because #teambreezy needs a wake up call.

Before I go on about how stupid I think #teambreezy is I must confess my own problematic favs.  I make no excuses.  I’m just admitting to my hypocrisy but I’m still going to talk trash on #teambreezy and their idol.

My problematic favs:

The Kansas City Chiefs – There have been some very special people that have played or currently played for the Chiefs and by special I don’t mean exceptional athletic ability.  I’m mean menaces to society.  I saw a Facebook comment calling all Chief fans scum bags for defending our star receiver despite his current controversy.  I got nothin’.  That commenter is correct we are scum bags.

Anyone that’s been to a Chiefs game knows that we are scum bags.  Guilty as charged.  I won’t argue.  But heck, we want the Chiefs to make it to the Superbowl next year and my man Tyreek runs with the speed of an animal.  I’m still mad, sad and shocked that Party Boy Hunt is gone.

The NFL as a whole – I never once considered boycotting the NFL.  I don’t enjoy much but football is one of the things I actually like.  The NFL is problematic from the owners, to the players, to the fans, to the refs.  But I’m not going to stop watching.  I will continue to watch and just complain about everything.

R. Kelly – The debate is not whether Robert is guilty or not.  He’s guilty as all hell and should have gotten a jail sentence.  He beat his charges in a trial that was crooked as a hairpin.  So what am I supposed to do about that?  I wasn’t on the jury.  That’s the question I have for the #cancelrkelly folks.

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The debate is whether we should continue to listen to his music.  I’ve owned 12 Play since 1993 and it’s downloaded to my mp3 player.  I promise I will turn him down at stop lights when I have my windows down OK.  And if I ever get married I will instruct the wedding DJ to wait to play Step in the Name of Love late in the evening.  Me not listening to his music isn’t going to undo anything that has been done.

I’m sure that I could think of more problematic favs if I really thought about it.  But like I said earlier I don’t really like very much.  But now that I have confessed my sins back to #teambreezy.

Of all the annoying fan bases I’ve seen on social media #teambreezy is honestly the worst and that says a lot.  They bother me more than the idol worshipping, bullying Beyhive. They need therapy worse than self depreciating, chronically depressed Dallas Cowboy fans.  #teambreezy irks me more than Trump supporters.

#teambreezy has been out here looking stupid for years.  These women publicly fawn over a man that is as well known for beating the living hell out of a woman than for his music.  This goes beyond having a crush on a bad boy rock star.  I really think that there is something wrong with these girls.

So why are any of us surprised by Chris Brown’s brash behavior and rudeness towards women?  He’s already proven that he is a horrible man with bitterness in his heart towards women.   And women have proven that they don’t care.  He still has plenty of willing female companions and a legion of fans.  This is why women and feminism don’t get taken seriously.  Women don’t even demand basic respect and kindness such as don’t severely beat a woman in the face.

Chris Brown did his time under the law so he is free to further his career.  I can understand #teambreezy positively critiquing and enjoying the music.  But these psychos are in love with him.  If they had the chance to have an abusive relationship with Chris Brown they would jump at the chance.

#teambreezy reminds me of the episode of The Office when Jim was talking to Dwight about his dream life.  Dwight mentioned his boss.  Jim stopped him and asked him why he had a boss in his dreams.  Dwight defended having a boss in his fantasy life as opposed to being the boss or being independently wealthy.  #teambreezy is in love with a man that is a known abuser.  Of all the celebrities they could have a fantasy relationship with they choose the one that beat a woman in the face.  Some people can’t be helped.

The Black drama channels love to expose colorist attitudes of Black male celebrities.  I’m tired of that and don’t care anymore.  It’s beating a dead horse at this point and nothing is changing.  Black people are really starting to bore me with this s—.

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Chris hasn’t learned anything from the criticism he’s getting either.  He is digging his heels in and saying that only ugly women are mad.  That’s not a very good business model.  If you were running a diner would you tell people that they have to be solid 8/10s to be served in your restaurant.  If you did that you would go out of business pretty fast.  And Mr. Brown is thirty years old saying this foolishness.  THIRTY!

It’s obvious that most famous men like thin women. Imagine one of the Jonas Bros. or an MLB pitcher or whatever publicly making rude remarks about overweight women and telling them that they would never have anything to do with them. Feminists would go off and no one would be defending his preference or telling them that they are too sensitive. But then again men wouldn’t dare publicly insult White women even if they aren’t his type.  For some reason there is a minority of men that feels the need to scream from the rooftops what their preferences are even when they are not asked.

So I’m glad that Chris made that nasty remark in his song.  I hope that it will help #teambreezy snap out of their trance since the pictures of Rhianna’s battered face don’t seem to make a difference.  Stop being taken advantage of ladies.  Chris Brown doesn’t like you.  You’re just a cash cow to him.  He doesn’t even really like women with so called good or nice hair or however he phrased it.  They are disposable vaginas to him.  Put your Chris Brown fandom behind you and move on.  It’s OK we’ve all loved and admired the wrong person at one time or another.

90s Songs Based on Mental Illness and Depression

 

The passing of Bushwick Bill of the Geto Boys made me think of the hip hop classic “My Mind is Playing Tricks on Me”.  I began to ponder if other 90s tunes were based on psychotic episodes.  I came up with a short list.  The list is random and not ranked.

Geto Boys, My Mind is Playing Tricks on Me

This is a cautionary tale that teaches that even when you’ve gotten away with wrongdoing you can’t escape the guilt and paranoia that your deeds brought about.

 

Blind Melon, No Rain

This is a perky and upbeat song about feeling stagnant in your life and depression.  Blind Melon’s lead singer Shannon Hoon died from a drug overdose in 1995.

 

Dr. Dre and Ice Cube, Natural Born Killas

This is a creepy song with the stand out lyric “Can’t be around my mama ’cause I scare her”.  It’s also a sweet vow to undying friendship and loyalty with the unforgetable lyric “I’m down for Dre like ACs down with OJ”.  I kind of want that to be a part of my wedding vows.

 

Green Day, Basketcase

This was my introduction to the Bay Area band Green Day circa 1995.  Green Day owns this genre.  They have other hits inspired by hopelessness and discouragement such as Longview and When I Come Around.  They’ve built a solid career in modern rock and have been going strong since the early nineties.  The band is still together and they are all still alive at the time this was written.

 

 

Bushwick Bill

I’m writing to pay my respects to Houston rapper Bushwick Bill.  He was truly a unique and talented individual.  None of us will ever see anything like him again.  He was charming, eloquent and very short.  He was a dwarf and didn’t stand four feet tall.  Bill and his bandmates from the Geto Boys were one of my favorites from the 1990s rap scene.  He died earlier this week after a long illness at age fifty two.

Their most popular song is “My Mind is Playing Tricks on Me”.  It’s about an ongoing struggle with schizophrenic episodes.  It’s a classic.  Now that I think about it there were a few 90s hits across genres about mental illness.  The Geto Boys music is dark, introspective, edgy and honest.  It was filthy and gritty.  They didn’t ask for sympathy or pity.  They didn’t try to be heroes.  They simply and artistically told their stories of Houston ghetto life with sharp wit and intelligence.  I will always have an appreciation for the Geto Boys and artists like them.

 

https://www.npr.org/2019/06/10/731076691/bushwick-bill-of-houston-rap-group-geto-boys-dead-at-52