past Bellyitch Bumpwatch mom, is catching a lot of heat these days over the video
for her latest song, “Hard Out Here.”
expectations hoisted upon women, even upon new mom singers, like Allen who the industry wants to quickly bounce back after baby and get in shape—- even if it requires going under the knife to do so.
hard out here for a bitch!!”
video girls who emulated what is seen often in rap videos. In a lengthy Twitter response where she declared that she isn’t going to apologize, Allen denied selecting dancers
based on race.
anyone,” she wrote. “I do strive to provoke thought and conversation. The video
is meant to be a lighthearted satirical video that deals with objectification
of women within modern pop culture. It has nothing to do with race, at all.”
to twerk and would’ve been doing it too had she been able to master it and
because of her cellulite, she decided against being as naked as the other
girls. She ended the numbered rant by listing the Twitter handles of some of the dancers in the video, most of whom later defended Allen.
American histories regarding race and gender differ, there are
plenty of parallels and similarities as well.
in literature, black women are often seen playing a hooker, a video vixen, a sassy attitude-filled, loud-mouthed character or a sexually promiscuous type of caricature, the jezebel that dates back to the early days of moving picture.
substance who are educated, humble, chaste, cultured, refined, or are just the plain
old average girl next Doorish have to live with as representing who she is. All this despite the fact that, as a group, black women are way more multi-facted than the minimal ways she is portrayed in the mainstream.
those girls bent over “dropping it like it’s hot” in true stripper style was to
make a satirical point, the sad fact is that the imagery will outlast and
overshadow the lyrics of the song and her intentions.
The mom who passes
by the music channel playing Allen’s video as she flips through channels while
looking for a cartoon show to land on for her little girl to watch, she sees yet another
example of what she may not want for her daughter.
decision to make Merida, the princess in the movie Brave prettier. David Trumble’s point was that there is no need for women
of purpose to be prettified to sell them to little girls. However, by the time the sketches,
which were released initially in May 2013 in the Huffington Post, got a second wind recently and were re-circulated in social media, they had become mainly detached from the original satirical comments that once accompanied each.
Bader Ginsburg, Harriet Tubman, Marie Curie and Anne Frank dolled up, with big doughy eyes and buxom breasts in
They didn’t get the message that those women weren’t turned
into princesses to add to their value and worth. They didn’t need that.
control how people will receive the message from images on a screen, whether a video screen or a TV screen. Neither artist can control what
visceral reaction is relayed, whether positive, or negative,intentional or unintentional, subjective or objective, subliminally or overt.
consequence of getting black women to twerk and get their asses slapped in true
culture appropriation style in her video is that she is perpetuating one of the main
archetypes that the media (including video directors and black male hip hop and
rap stars) present of black women.
a racist and had no racist intent, the effect is what matters most in the end
tired of the race card or don’t see it, what a wonderful privilege you have to
be exhausted that moms of daughters prefer to shield their kid from a media
that tells them they’re good on TV only if they’re playing a nanny, maid, hooker or
other loud mouth wise cracking, head rolling side kick!
fine without being insensitive, dismissive and devaluing other people’s pain simply because it doesn’t impact us personally.