My bro @therealspiess45 in his element! I don’t understand anything that’s happening. #marist #football
My bro @therealspiess45 in his element! I don’t understand anything that’s happening. #marist #football
*Trans woman walks out of a women’s restroom*
Cis woman: What were you doing in the women’s restroom?? I don’t really feel safe with people like you in there.
Trans woman: I was only …
Amazing. One of my comics friends PLEASE draw this now!
skinny people mad over nicki minaj’s lyrics, please multiply your feelings by 24/7 and then u will perhaps understand a little bit what thick girls may be going thru when your bodies are the ones that are served in stores, represented, desired and glorified……you can cope with 1 song not about u…………….we can do it together. i believe in u
Crazy cat lady wrecking ball courtesy of #modcloth. #CATLADY #rhinestonecateye
This tiny #grazebox popcorn is so good and so adorable.
I may need an intervention. #officeplants #propagation #plantmama #succulents
So when Miley Cyrus or Katy Perry bring black girls on stage, dance with them, acknowledge their figures- it’s offensive and appropriating. But, when Nicki Minaj makes an entire video focusing around black girl’s asses and asserts her power, reduces these women to objects and flaunts her authority it’s YAAASSSSS NICKI SERVE IT. Is that because she’s black? So it’s okay for people of the same race to dance with each other but someone who does not share the same levels of melanin enters the picture, they’re doing something wrong? …idgi
You’re completely ignoring context. In Lily Allen’s Hard out Here video, she literally says, “I don’t shake my ass cause I have a brain” as Black women shake their asses in her video. She is literally degrading the Black women who shake their asses in the media. The song also uses references to Black rappers (i.e. the title of the song referencing the rap song “Hard out Here for a Pimp” and her lyric “bragging ‘bout my cars or talking ‘bout my chains”), suggesting that Black rappers are more sexist than white male musicians (which isn’t true, there’s lots of sexism in all music genres) and also suggest the source of sexism in the music industry is Black people (Black male rappers and twerking Black female dancers).
In contrast, Nicki Minaj is reclaiming a song (Baby Got Back) that was made by a Black male rapper who celebrated (but also objectified) Black female bodies. Throughout her song, Nicki raps like a man would, talking about her sexual conquests with men and the size of their dicks, almost as a way of doing to men what they have done to women (objectifying their dicks as Sir Mix A Lot objectified Black women’s asses and many other men objectify women’s vaginas). She also brags about her sexual prowess and stays in control and aggressive in the video (she goes as far as cutting a banana representing a dick and slapping Drake’s hand away—the video critiques the male gaze). The target of mockery and disparagement in Nicki’s video is men and the male gaze, and the video works to reclaim agency from it.
In what way is Nicki asserting power over her dancers? In her video, she twerks along side her back up dancers and dances with them and interacts with them on the same level. She is just as scantily clad as they are. Lily Allen, however, stays fully covered in her video, does not dance provocatively, and thus contrasts her own pure and respectable femininity with the Black women, using their twerking and scantily clad bodies as an example of “bad” female sexuality and femininity—of women “objectifying themselves.” This is racist because it frames Black female sexuality as lesser than white femininity and antithetical to feminism.
In summary: Nicki’s video is very much a celebration of female Black beauty and sexuality coming from a Black woman. Conversely, Lilly Allen’s is using Black women as props to frame them as a vile or bad form of sexuality or being too sexual to prop up her own feminism.
So you might say, “what about Miley Cyrus? she twerks along side her Black background dancers too!” But here’s the problem: Miley Cyrus continually appropriates Black culture and also uses Black women as props. It does matter that these artists are white because in these cases the point of including the Black women is either to, in Lily Allen’s case, offset Black sexuality/femininity as too sexual or bad in comparison with her white femininity/feminism, or, in the case of Miley Cyrus, to get “street cred” and exotify her own sexuality by appropriating Black culture and using Black people as props to do so. See this analysis of Lily Allen’s Hard Out Here video and this analysis of Miley Cyrus by Black people who know a lot more about this than I do.
I haven’t seen anything about Katy Perry using Black dancers. I’ve just seen criticisms of her appropriating AAVE and other PoC cultures. So I’m not sure why you brought her up, but maybe I just haven’t seen the videos in question.
Either way, it’s not like white artists having a diverse cast of back up dancers is a bad thing automatically. Here is an example of a white artist using back up dancers of other races without objectifying them: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Ilh1ewceco (notice this artist tackles the same issue as Lily Allen—sexism/objectification in the media—without being misogynist and racist toward other women). But the examples of Lily Allen and Miley Cyrus ARE racist and Nicki Minaj’s video isn’t the same as theirs.
I believe both opinions show good points but I dislike how criticising you are towards Lily Allen. Her song ‘Hard Out Here’ is one of the few songs that advocate the importance of feminism. Quote “don’t need to shake my ass FOR YOU cause I have a brain” implying that she will not shake her ass to please a man. Meaning of a pimp: a man who controls prostitutes and arranges clients for them, taking percentage of their earnings in return. A pimp could be anyone of any race and it looks as if you’re just assuming they are black which if I’m not mistaken, is racist? “
Lily Allen is dressed in tight clothes that society would still look down on, there might be many various reasons as to why she doesn’t want to show off her body due to maybe self esteem issues, you don’t know the reason and tbh if you didn’t see, she was shaking her ass just as much as the others (which weren’t all black, there were various cultures in the group of women).
When the man comes in to tell them how to twerk, she turns the lyrics around and sings sarcastically about how women should look/do to please men. “If you can’t detect the sarcasm you’re misunderstood.”
As for Nicki Minaj’s video - I don’t really approve of the whole jungle theme she’s got going on in her video clip that reminds us women could be portrayed as animals.. but otherwise, it is nice to see a woman of demand and who takes control of her life even though the crawling to drake could have looked a little demeaning.
What amazes me here is that all of this was addressed & you assume that your need to defend Lily Allen & disapprove of Nicki Minaj is happening in a vacuum. Way to make theroguefeminist’s point!
You know what we should talk about?
The Assyrian/Christian genocide that is happening right now in the Middle East. But no one has seemed to even notice that this is going on and that is unacceptable.
Christians in Iraq, predominantly ethnic Assyrians, are being systematically targeted by the terrorist jihadist group, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS. Businesses and homes of Christians are being marked with the Arabic letter N, ن, (pronounced “noon”), which is the pejorative Arabic word for Christians. Much like the Star of David used to mark Jews during Nazi Europe, the letter is meant to designate and shame Iraqi Christians.
Christian families were given the deadline of July 19th to either leave Mosul, convert to Islam, pay a religious tax or die by the sword. Given the prosecution and struggle facing Christians, hundreds fled the city, taking little more than the clothes on their back. For the first time since the 4th-century there are no Christian Assyrians in Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city. The Assyrian community had peacefully existed in that region even before the existence of Islam; but today, every Christian institution in Mosul has been destroyed, burned down or overrun by ISIS.
The atrocities against Assyrian Christians being committed include execution style murders, public crucifixions, beheadings by the sword, public displays of mutilations, and gang-raping of women in front of their children and husbands. Christian cemeteries, churches, important archeological sites and beautiful ancient Assyrian and Mesopotamian statues dating back some 3,000 years are also being callously destroyed. (x)
We have another holocaust in our midst, and with all of the social justice blogs that exist on tumblr, I’m honestly surprised and rather appalled that there has not been any attempt to get this news out. (Perhaps other Assyrians such as myself have made similar posts to this but have not received any support in making these issues known.)
But this isn’t something that just started yesterday. Over a month ago, ISIS crucified eight Christians in Syria for rejecting Islam. I wouldn’t have known about this if my mother hadn’t informed me of it because our media doesn’t seem to find this story to be worth covering.
And the circumstances for Assyrians/Christians in the Middle East have only been getting worse:
- families are throwing their children from the top of a mountain in order to keep them from suffering prosecution (x)
- on August 6th, a report from northern Iraq stated, “(45) children died of thirst… (1500) men were killed in front of their wives and families, (50) old men died also from thirst and illness. More than (70) girls and women (including Christians) were taken, raped and [are] being captured and sold. More than (100) families are captured in Tel afar airport.” (x)
- ISIS is systematically beheading Assyrian/Christian children and displaying their heads on spikes in a park (x)
Mothers and fathers have lost all hope for survival and would rather see their children die at their own hands than suffer at the hands of the extremist group. Thousands of people are left homeless and on the run, dying of starvation, thirst, and illness. Children are being mutilated and their severed heads displayed.
So why isn’t anyone taking action? Is it easier to just play dumb than get involved?
Or perhaps the atrocities in the Middle East are only important to the people and governments of western countries when they directly involve them.
Whatever the reasons may be, inaction is unacceptable.
So now that you have been made aware, you know what to look for. You can search online and in the papers for more information about this genocide and help spread the word. Maybe then our western governments will realize that they can’t keep genocide a secret, even if it is happening on the other side of the world.
Please help my family.