For Women Who Want The Ballerific Life!
In a recent Twitter rant my friend in my head, Kanye West, had an epiphany. It's time to eliminate the word "B****" from our vocab. The lyrical mastermind behind such classic hits as "Gold Digger" and "Niggas In Paris" is taking a stand against the word that demeans so many women across the world.
"I usually never tweet questions but I struggle with this so here goes... Is the word B**** acceptable?" Kanye began, "To be more specific, is it acceptable for a man to call a woman a b**** even if it's endearing? Even typing it in question form it still feels harsh."
I squinted at my iPhone screen thinking maybe I didn't really read what I thought I did. Was Kanye hacked? The man behind "That's My B****" couldn't really be asking this, could he? Is he going to stop kicking b****** out like Pam too? So I read on.
"Has hip hop conditioned us to accept this word? Do we love this word as much as we love the word NIGGA in an endearing way? Correction, Here's the age old question, would we refer to our mothers as b******? Would' we call our fathers niggers or better yet NIGGAS? If nigga is such a positive word, why do we feel so uncomfortable for white people to say it, even with a hall pass?"
This can't be! He wants us to stop using the word "nigga" too?
"Is it ok to use b**** as long as we put BAD in front of it? Like you a BAD B****," says the man who described his girlfriend as the "Perfect B****" in a song he released just a month ago. "Perhaps the words B**** and NIGGA are now neither positive or negative. They are just potent and it depends on how the are used and by whom?"
You can imagine as I was reading all of this, I couldn't help but question the meaning of life. How could Yeezy go from having a Bad B**** Contest to realizing the word was morally wrong?
"I was recently questioned about the use of the word B**** in my music and initially was offended by anyone questioning anything in my music. I will admit that I sometimes go back an omit cursing from my records. I like to use profanity as a tool and not a crutch. Stevie Wonder never had to use the word b**** to get his point across."
Au contraire Kanye, Stevie Wonder's "My Cherie Amour" translates to "My Bad B****" in French.
I guess I understand Kanye's point but it kind of falls on deaf ears when a majority of the music he puts out has "B****" and "Nigga" in it. I mean, my favorite line off Watch The Throne was "You know how many hot b****** I own?"
Well I counted how many hot b****** he owned. Below is a list of 20 songs where Kanye uses the word "B****". Do you think he'll stop performing them?
"Breathe In Breathe Out"
"Bring Me Down"
"Devil In A Dress"
"Hell Of A Life"
"Niggas In Paris"
"That's My B****"
"Who Gon' Stop Me"
"Why I Love You"
"Illest Mothaf** Alive"
"I Don't Like"
On a serious note though, do we as women really care about the word "B****" anymore? Does putting the word "Bad" in front of it matter? What are your thoughts. In related news, check out a word from Lupe Fiasco "B**** Bad"