This time last week the media was at a fever pitch about singer Rihanna and her blow up with Jackie Magazine. We gave our unique view on the blow up here but true to form the media lauded brave Rihanna for taking to her twitter to write an impassioned rebuttal to the writer’s “desperate” use of the word Nigger when in reference to the singer. Urban bloggers gave the good for her spiel while the commenters gave credit to her advanced education she received in the Caribbean. Apparently even though Rihanna dropped out of school she is still ahead of US pop stars and didn’t need a publicist to write her rebuttal for her. Other bloggers and members of media didn’t understand how the Dutch could think Nigger would be an ok word to use and thought the excuse it was a joke was a plea bargain. A week later now the dust of settled Rihanna did what she does best, make fools out of people who support her. She took to twitter to confess she uses the word in her everyday interactions AND she thinks it’s funny that white people don’t have the same right to the word. Of course outside of this piece there will be no tough love for the singer. Everyone got what they wanted the media got a story during a slow news week, the bloggers got hits and Rihanna got about 40k more in record sales. Meanwhile an editor is out of a job and the debate on white people using nigga outside of paying 500 dollars for a rap concert rages on. I am sure there is a faux controversy around the bin for Rihanna and I am sure the media will feign the faux outrage as they cover it but know we still feel the same today as we felt the last week. Hopefully we can begin a real conversation about the use of the word among the youth. If white people can’t use it fine then stop with tanning of America claims, the claims of how hip hop bridged the races and how the word lost its power. If the word still causes outrage then the power is very much still there. What do you think of the situation?
The web is ablaze about dutch magazine Jackie calling Rihanna a “niggerbitch” during a fashion segment in the magazine. In that segment it teaches dutch women how to wear her “ghetto” styles with their specfic climate. Of course Rihanna took to twitter to “read” them and TALK THAT TALK showing she is no push over saying:@evajackie I hope u can read english, because your magazine is a poor representation of the evolution of human rights! I find you disrespectful, and rather desperate!! You ran out of legit, civilized information to print! There are 1000’s of Dutch girls who would love to be recognized for their contributions to your country, you could have given them an article. Instead, u paid to print one degrading an entire race! That’s your contribution to this world! To encourage segregation, to mislead the future leaders to act in the past! You put two words together, with the intent of abasement, that made no sense…”***** BITCH”?!….Well with all respect, on behalf of my race, here are my two words for you…FUCK YOU!!! . I guess I should clap and go good for you Ri but I won’t. As a matter of fact the magazine should @ her back and go thank you for proving our point. Rihanna just posted on her twitter about some alleged racist encounter and out of the blue magazine uses racist slurs against her? Sorry I don’t beleive you and you need more people to me this is nothing more but a stunt used to put her back in the public’s eye as a victim. If you follow Rihanna’s career this happens frequently when her shenanigans make headlines. Earlier this year when Rihanna was “sick” during the Grammy’s with the flu and had to pull out of two charity events all while mustering up the strength to party with her Roc Nation co-horts pictures of her fight with Chris Brown researfaced and it went from irresponsible Rihanna to “Poor Ri”. Of course history repeats itself and Rihanna again in the headlines for her smoking, drinking and partying ways now is being bullied by some random guy in a hotel per her twitter page and boom a Dutch fashion magazine picks up the racist flag and calls her a “niggabitch”. Ok Rihanna and team claps for effort but this is nothing more than another plant to the press plain and simple. Maybe they should have called it “Niggas in the Netherlands” and put ball so hard beside it. According to Jay-z he takes the power from the word every time he uses it and he uses it alot. Just in Toronto he along with Kanye performed the pair’s hit song Niggas in Paris 11 times. It is always the people who use nigga the most who get the bent out of shape when it comes back on them. Rihanna’s twitter is a combination of nigga this, pussy that and other fowl and obnoxious sayings daily, so much so the ” rascist” hotel employee almost brought out the “nigga” in you.. The magazine was wrong yes and I am sure this writer will face the “scary”( inserts laughter) Rihanna Navy in her @ on twitter but I urge people to stop getting upset over other groups using the word if we consistently market it to them. Jay-z and Steve Stout tell us tirelessly how hip hop has done more for racial relations than any other movement in history . Well if that’s the case then stop getting so upset when everyone wants the right. What is your opinion ?