If shade was a fifth, we'd all be drunk right now. While the Grammys gathered the best in music, Twitter had the juice and gathered two in particular for grade A level shade: The Weeknd and Taylor Swift. From The Weeknd being compared to Michael Jackson, and whatever Taylor did to upset the masses, the shade was bountiful.
1. The Weeknd being compared to MJ doesn't seem to settle with anyone in the world.
How you look after watching one of The Weeknd's live performances and someone says he is the next Michael Jackson pic.twitter.com/5xR1OzXHji
— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) February 16, 2016
2. He's not on any Jackson level for that matter
The weeknd being compared to Michael Jackson? He not even Tito!!!!!!
— Peaches (@Yes_Indee_d) February 16, 2016
3. And people made sure that this comparison needed to stop
" @jassyjasx : The Weeknd > Michael Jackson" pic.twitter.com/53yhJJ7YrK
— Baba CHO (@Chidubem__O) February 16, 2016
4. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday...take your pick
The weekend sounded like a weekday.
— Him Kardashian-West (@mrLdavis) February 16, 2016
5. This is not what the greatest of all time sounds like.
The Weeknd sings like he has a vibrating Blackberry Curve in his throat.
— Melech E. M. Thomas (@MelechThomas) February 16, 2016
6. Unless it's this goat that we're talking about.
— Ice (@OfficiallyIce) February 16, 2016
7. Maxwell Who?
8. From fashion to performance, Taylor Swift received too much
OH MY GOD I AM DONE 😂 pic.twitter.com/8GlO9M9kkm
— Chill Vibes (@ChiIIVlbes) February 16, 2016
9. First, she opened the show...
The Grammys started with a bathroom break how nice.
— reggie (@1942bs) February 16, 2016
10. And was promptly snatched
@Deardarkness Doesn't sing, either
— Rachel McKibbens (@RachelMcKibbens) February 16, 2016
11. When did Anna make the move from Vogue to The Voice?
Anna Wintour is SLAYING this "Out Of The Woods" performance. #GRAMMYspic.twitter.com/yx77fGDOXc
— Bustle (@bustle) February 16, 2016
13. What Blackberry is to The Weeknd, Apple is to Taylor
I WAS TOLD BY APPLECARE pic.twitter.com/AMlhDv4daU
— Mewtwo. (@__glitterDICK) February 16, 2016
14. And the best tweet to get in formation...
"I got Hellman's in my bag! Swag" pic.twitter.com/VtHCEvvhvg
— DJ Saul T. Nutz (@dcmadness202) February 16, 2016
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Unless you're totally off the grid, you know Adele is set to release her new album on November 20. Yesterday, the British powerhouse singer had Twitter-fingers flying with the release of her latest single "Hello." If you haven't heard it yet, check it out below.
There have been opinions ranging from utter elation from fans to the ever-present #hatertwitter asking why we even care, and even some saying that Adele is mediocre in comparison to other soul singers and is a proponent of cultural appropriation. Although there's no logical reason to deny Adele's talent, to say she's mediocre is, at the very least, grossly inaccurate. The girl can siiiiiiiing. I personally have no problem with Adele's music and don't find her to be a cultural appropriator. I can appreciate Adele as a soul singer because, as such, she stays in her proverbial lane. She sings from her heart about love and heartbreak, and she's damn good at it (have you heard "I'll Be Waiting?"). That's what music is about. You can definitely hear the iconic influences (a touch of Etta, anyone?), but Adele's sound is her own.
Don't get it twisted. You can definitely be a fan of Adele while still recognizing that the entertainment industry does award privilege to white musicians. We absolutely retain the right to get angry and be offended when our culture is pimped for the entertainment of the masses and the profit goes into the hands of outsiders. However, good people, Adele isn't doing that. She isn't some cheap imitation of what we do. She's just Adele singing some songs and doing it well, in a way that seems to resonate with a lot of us. Now, if you want to talk mediocre white girls who get away with appropriation (i.e.Miley Cyrus? Katy Perry? Taylor Swift?) Get at me.
But leave Adele outta this.
At her concert a few weeks ago, Taylor Swift, a Horcrux for white mediocrity, invited new hip-hop sensation Fetty Wap on stage to perform his hit record “Trap Queen” with her. This just added another item to the long list of things Taylor Swift has done to annoy me.
Unfortunately, because of Twitter, Vine and Instagram, sites that thrive off of exposing the bizarre happenings of the celebrity world, I bore witness to this performance. Despite Swift singing loudly and off-key and dancing awkwardly (as she does at every awards show), my main concern was Fetty Wap’s presence at her concert in the first place.
Hip-hop and the blackness associated with it is tokenized in white pop culture by artists who otherwise ignore the complexities and challenges embedded in black culture. Swift is an obvious example of this harmful trend.
She wants a peek inside of the fun of hip-hop and rap, but shies away from the social, economic and political realities expressed within the music. Swift uses her veil of "I’m-just-an-innocent-white-girl-with-a-guitar-and-a-basic-singing-voice" to shield herself against conflict and controversy with the creators of the same black music she uses as a prop at her concerts. Last year, she took pictures of Jay-Z and Beyoncé at her birthday party, seemingly in an effort to ratchet up her cool points. Yet in 2009 Swift played victim to Kanye’s epic interruption speech at the VMAs, where he hinted at the racism that allowed Swift to beat Beyoncé for the Video of the Year award. Swift wants Beyoncé as a “friend,” but would never publicly acknowledge how her own privileges, afforded to her through whiteness and white femininity, hurt black female artists such as Beyoncé. In fact, Swift is clearly still preoccupied with the “Imma let you finish...but” moment, as she whined about it again at this year’s VMAs when she presented Kanye with the Video Vanguard award. It’s like the girl can’t let anything not be about her.
Leading up to the award show, we all saw how Swift incompetently handled Nicki Minaj’s criticism of MTV for not nominating her viral video “Anaconda” for Video of the Year. On Twitter, Minaj asserted that black women are often under-recognized for their art, particularly when compared to white women who get famous from mocking our culture. Instead of using Minaj’s expression of her concerns as a teaching moment, Swift became defensive and called for some sort of shared sisterhood — a tactic white feminists often use to undermine black women when we bring attention our oppression.
Again, the annoyance I find with all of this is that Swift lives for the culture and music that black people create, yet couldn’t give a damn about our problems. Swift bobs her head to Kendrick Lamar’s albums, publicly proclaims her affinity for his music and even invites him to give a guest verse on one of her songs, but does not utter a word about the tragedies and hardships outlined in his lyrics.
Greg Tate, an African-American academic who writes about traditionally black music and the patterns of appropriation calls this phenomenon “everything but the burden.” Essentially, white people love to take on the rebellious and enjoyable aspects of black culture but leave the struggle and pain that created those feelings behind.
The Fetty Wap incident took this to an entirely new level. This time, Swift was not just rejecting the burden, she was mocking it. Dancing and singing with Wap on stage to “Trap Queen” deftly underscored her fetishization of hip-hop culture and the blackness that undergirds it. Swift has probably never been to the trap and likely did not even know what the term meant until the popular song brought the phrase to the mainstream. Could Swift define any of the lyrics and references in “Trap Queen?” Does she know what “cooking pies" is and what Wap means when he says he introduced his girl to the "stove?"
I cringe even picturing her saying “bando” out loud.
A song like “Trap Queen” includes almost no aspects of a world that Swift can likely identify with or understand. So when she performs it on stage with its curator, the whole thing looks like a weird attempt to get Wap’s magical blackness to somehow rub off on her and permeate her vast whiteness. She uses Wap as a tool to appear hip — but still innocent. Still innocent enough to play the potential victim (both figuratively and literally) of a black man like Fetty Wap, if he were to ever interrupt her on an awards show stage or, heaven forbid, did not want to be her friend.
And therein lies the problem. Blackness is not a costume or a prop. It is not an elixir for lameness that white people can take in doses when they want to have fun. Being black has real consequences and comes with challenging lived experiences. So, if a person like Swift wants to interact with it, she better respect and try to understand it instead of treating the music and culture like a play thing.
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The time has arrived for another MTV Video Music Awards and, as per usual, it was messy — like a real mess. Each year something happens that leaves us either gasping or debating whether or not to turn off the television and this year was no different. Below you will find a list of 14 moments from this year's VMAs that left us either shaking our heads or grabbing our seats!
1. When MTV aired a "White Squad" commercial...
2. When Nicki Minaj brought Taylor Swift on stage during her performance.
3. And then CALLED OUT MILEY CYRUS WHILE ACCEPTING AN AWARD.
4. And Miley looked like she was about to sh*t herself.
5. Justin Bieber crying.
6. Kanye getting LIT.
7. Like REAL LIT.
8. Kylie Jenner's "look"
9. Miley Cyrus being the host.
10. And everything she did — from her culturally appropriated hair...
11. to even using the term "mammy" during the award show.
12. When Iggy attempted to rap once again.
13. When Kanye gave his sermon...
14. And finished by announcing he's running for president in 2020 (wheeet?)
What moments caught your attention during the VMAs tonight? Let us know in the comments below.
In a recent New York Times interview, Miley Cyrus discussed this Sunday's upcoming VMAs as well as the past controversy surrounding the announcement of the awards show nominees over the summer. While the mainstream media attempted to paint the situation as a petty feud between singer Taylor Swift and rapper Nicki Minaj, their exchange ignited, yet again, a much-needed discussion about white feminism and the continued exclusion of black women from activist circles. "You made it about you," Cyrus said to Joe Coscarelli of the New York Times about Minaj's words. Cyrus further attempted to continue the conversation by offering guidance to the rapper by saying, "If you want to make it about race, there’s a way you could do that."
Of course, Cyrus's interview embodies the core tenements of white feminism: centering oneself in the middle of the discussion and attempting to police black women's diction while benefiting from the artistic and activist work they do daily. But her words (or lack thereof) also highlight something deeper and exceedingly common across American culture. Cyrus asserts that she "know[s] the statistics" and "what’s going on in the world," yet, she remains silent.
Cyrus, like many white liberals, maintain that they are socially conscious despite their complete lack of awareness of racial politics.
Something that's not discussed as vehemently is the racism and ignorance that exists on the left. So often, white liberals get a pass for their racial illiteracy. They absolve themselves from their part in white supremacy because they do not actively participate in the racism flagrant across Southern politics. Because they tend to vote on major issues with actual logic and facts versus anemic and so-called moral values, white liberals tend to deliberately dislodge themselves from racism. But their somewhat enlightened voting record does not absolve them from their active participation in white supremacy.
After Bernie Sanders was interrupted by activists Marissa Johnson and Mara Jacqueline Willard, there was a negative reaction from the left. While most denounced their disruptive actions, writing them off as unnecessary and disrespectful, many completely wrote off the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Their actions caused thousands of white liberals to vocally write off a movement born out of years of violence and domestic terrorism. What these phony allies do not understand is that movements like this, movements that are in direct confrontation with a system that America was founded on, require boisterous disruptions. They require holding up a highway during rush hour, to interrupt presidential candidates; because without these excessive intrusions, and due to the fact that white people regularly ignore the voices of black people, we suffer in silence.
Cyrus's intentional silence on the brutal and rampant killing of black bodies throughout the country reflects her real lack of concern and racial awareness. She can prance on television advocating for female public nudity, but she has nothing to say on the violence against black bodies. But Cyrus's actions and words reflects the culture wherein she is present most, one that frequently appropriates black culture but remains silent about the violence from the state black people are forced to experience from the cradle to the grave.
Being a white liberal does not automatically make a white person "woke." It does, however, automatically maintain a white person immune and ostensibly unconscious to the real and violent effects of white supremacy.
white silence is white consent.
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Amy Poehler has recently been reprimanded by the media for featuring a joke about R&B singer R. Kelly urinating on Blue Ivy, Beyoncé’s child, in her upcoming show, Difficult People. The joke, which is spoken by Julie Klausner's character, perpetuates the rape-culture plaguing Western societies and is bizarre, due to Poehler's self-prescribed identity as a feminist. But, in the context of white feminism, her editorial behavior is nothing short of mundane.
White feminists have a tendency to use black women as props in their pursuit for gender equality.
In 2014, British singer Lily Allen was criticized for her music video, "Hard Out Here." The song, which was meant to denounce the frequent reduction of women to nothing more than sexual objects, featured mostly black women, gyrating. As a self-proclaimed feminist, Allen released the song to rebuke culture-fueled sexism that cheapens women's self-worth — suggesting that they are nothing more than sex objects or props. While the message of this song is certainly meaningful, the music video alters the true intention behind the lyrics because it features mostly black women gyrating and twerking in the background. Allen's video ignores black women's worth and focuses on their asses. Like Allen's "Hard Out Here," Poehler is using a black girl, Blue Ivy, as nothing more than a piece of a joke that is bound to get a few laughs.
In action, white feminism ignores other forms of marginalization affecting women of color. They fail to recognize that women of color do not experience sexism the same way they do. White feminism is truly only concerned with freeing cis middle-class white woman from their single bond: sexism. They deny the extent to which women of color experience racism, transphobia and ableism. And, unfortunately, they are the faces people see when they hear about feminism in mainstream media. White feminists like Poehler, Allen and Taylor Swift are suffocating feminist spaces for women of color to reside peacefully.
White feminists love to peddle the all-inclusive definition of feminism: a person who believes in the social, political and economic equality of the sexes. But they do not abide by their own philosophy. White feminists love to tell men to "check their privilege" when it comes to sexism, but when it comes to racism or transphobia, they rebuff all criticisms directed towards them. What they fail to realize is that, even when it is not intentional, their actions are damaging and degrading women of color. Black women's perceptions is black women's reality. Black women's lived experience is much more valuable than white feminists perceptions. So instead of denying your racist actions, recognize that what you are doing and saying is real and devastating to women of color all over the world. Realize that calling out women for their racism and transphobia is not a form of pitting women against each other. It is an authentic attempt to derail a narrow form of feminism.
Stop centering your whiteness — get real and get intersectional.
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By now, we've all heard of Nicki Minaj's tweets calling out the VMA's for not nominating her for "Video of the Year." Many people think that Nicki had no place to say she wasn't nominated because of race. Some people say that her video was "soft porn" and that she shouldn't be awarded for trashing around her "man-made parts." But despite Minaj's intensions, she did point out that the VMAs are indeed biased toward black women with certain body types. Only certain types of women get acknowledged, and there are double standards in place that some people don't address.
Before I begin, I do want to point out that I don't think women should feel compelled to sell their sexuality to be successful, and that the music industry and viewers should stop holding this as some sort of requirement to be successful. However, I also strongly believe that women have the right to openly express their sexuality without being slut-shamed for it. My arguments are in no way favoring a certain body type over another, but instead pointing out the hypocrisy in people's arguments against Minaj and the way she chooses to present herself.
Now, let's touch base on some of the arguments against Minaj and take a look at both current and past VMA "Video of the Year" nominees.
1. "Why is Minaj complaining about race and body types? Beyoncé was nominated!"
Although Beyoncé is black, Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj do not have the same body types. In her tweets, Nicki mentioned both race and body types. We love to put Beyoncé on the curvy black girl pedestal, but let's be honest. Compared to a lot of women, Beyoncé does not have the biggest butt, curviest curves, or thickest thighs on the block. Compared to women in Hollywood, yes, of course Beyoncé is curvy. But heck, Beyonce was dancing around with a thigh gap in her "7/11" music video.
Note: I am not using thigh gaps as a definite measure of curviness. Nicki Minaj has one herself in her "Anaconda" video. However, the fact is that Beyoncé is just curvy enough for Hollywood without her body being considered too vulgar or sexual. On the other hand, Nicki's butt and curves are too much for people, even when she covers up.
2. "Why is she tossing skinny girls under the bus? Half of her body is made of silicone and augmentations."
I've seen a lot of comments like this, especially on the comment section of HuffPost Women's latest article about this ordeal. It's disappointing to see these comments, especially from women who follow a feminist publication, because in this case it doesn't really matter whether or not Nicki's body is fake. I know it might be hard for many people to believe, but there are black women out there in the world with bodies similar to Minaj's (maybe not as well sculpted, but still similar). So when we shame Minaj for her "disgusting," man-made butt and hips we are indirectly shaming women who naturally look like her. And that's simply not acceptable.
3. "'Anaconda' is a horrible song and she sampled it!"
We can pull out a long list of songs that probably didn't deserve to be nominated for "Video of the Year." I personally don't think "7/11" or "Bad Blood" are that great. And not to mention, if I hear "Thinking Out Loud" by Ed Sheeran one more time, I cannot be held accountable for my actions because it's driving me insane. But hey, it's all subjective and these songs are, for the most part, picked based on popularity and influence.
4. "Nicki Minaj didn't get nominated because her 'Anaconda' lyrics and video are degrading to women."
People like to pick apart Minaj's lyrics and say that she is shaming skinny women. But why are we forgetting that back in 2013, "Blurred Lines," a song that perpetuates rape culture against women, was nominated for "Video of the Year?"
This argument is frankly invalid. In the case of Robin Thicke's video, MTV didn't seem to care about what was considered degrading to women. And the VMAs promotes videos and live performances where sex sells, so I don't think they consciously thought, "we can't disrespect all women and perpetuate sex-selling by nominating 'Anaconda' for 'Video of the Year.'"
5. "All that Nicki did in 'Anaconda' was exploit her sexuality and throw her body around."
Several other female artists have danced or pranced around sexually, some singing superficial lyrics, and were nominated for "Video of the Year" regardless. Let's look at some examples and keep in mind the common thread here — it doesn't matter how naked or provocative you get. If you are thin, you've got the okay for a nomination.
"Telephone" By Lady Gaga (2010 | Nominated)
Lady Gaga literally dances around in a bra and thong with a similarly dressed posse, and then later in caution tape. Work like this from Gaga is considered artistry. However, if Nicki Minaj did those moves, she would be considered too provocative and slutty because her exposed, curvy body would overwhelm people.
"ART" | "INNOVATIVE" | "ACCEPTED"
"DEGRADING" | "A STEP BACK FOR WOMEN" | "INAPPROPRIATE"
"Wrecking Ball" By Miley Cyrus (2014 | Winner)
You know, the one where she's completely naked while riding a big ball, seductively touching herself, and french kissing a hammer. She won, of course.
"When I Grow Up" By The Pussycat Dolls (2008 | Nominated)
This band and this song had so many sexual overtones. But their thin bodies perfectly complemented their synchronized dancing and snagged them a nomination despite their superficial lyrics.
"Womanizer" By Britney Spears (2009 | Nominated)
This music video once again proved that it was okay to be completely naked but only in small doses.
"Lady Marmalade" By Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya, Pink and Missy elliott (2001 | Winner)
"Would you like to sleep with me tonight" are the most memorable lyrics from this "Video of the Year." Even though this ensemble featured three black women, Lil'Kim and Missy Elliott were the only notably curvy ones, and Missy was fully dressed and only briefly shown. The other three girls were pretty slim. Nonetheless, this very provocative burlesque-themed video won in 2001.
6. "Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood" video sets a good example and Nicki Minaj's video is a menace."
I'm not going to argue who's the better role model. But people are acting like Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood" video is so innocent and doesn't put down other body types. And no, she doesn't have song lyrics calling out a body type like "skinny bitches" or anything. But are we going to elect to ignore the fact that Taylor, the all and mighty born-again feminist, only features thin women in her music video?
Even though Taylor Swift and her predominately white gal-pal crew aren't shaking their bodies everywhere, they are strutting around in provocative bad-ass outfits that sport their conventionally beautiful skinny bodies. And whether Taylor and her fans like it or not, the "Bad Blood" video does slip into "sex-sells" clichés like "slim women skilled with dangerous weapons who dress not in practical fighting gear but in sexy and revealing outfits that offer no protection."
So there you have it. You can dislike Nicki Minaj all you want and say that she's just finding something to hate on because that's her style. But people should stop using these arguments because they are weak and hypocritical. Let's stop getting so worked up about this "feud" and direct our attention toward the double standards the music industry has for women of color with curvy figures.
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Twitter was so lit last night. From Nicki Minaj calling out the VMAs and Taylor Swift interjecting her point of view to discovering the Sandra Bland dashcam video had been edited, it's been an off the wall few days. Meek Mill decided to go on a rant and call out Drake for having a ghost writer to which the internet promptly freaked out about and shared reactions to.
Below are some the best reactions from our friends on twitter:
Who compared you to Drake tho ?😕 you aren't even the best rapper in your relationship. https://t.co/abVELHljIa
— brittanymiller (@Bririxxx) July 22, 2015
— Regoton (@regoton) July 22, 2015
Many were wondering who they should credit for all the tears and ex-bae phone calls they've made while listening to Drake
If Drake don't write then who tf was running through the got damn 6 with their woes? I WANNA KNOW WHO WROTE THIS HEAT 😤 — Wise Boy (@WiseBoyMadeIt_) July 22, 2015
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The 2015 MTV Video Music Awards (VMA) nominations were announced on Tuesday, July 21. Nicki Minaj received nominations for "Best Female Video" and "Best Hip Hop Video" for "Anaconda". She also received a nomination for "Best Collaboration" for "Bang Bang" with Jessie J and Ariana Grande. However, neither "Anaconda" nor "Feelin' Myself," a collaboration with Beyoncé, were nominees for "Video of the Year" or "Best Choreography." Additionally, "Feelin' Myself" did not receive any nominations for the 2015 MTV VMAs all together.
Nicki Minaj took to social media to express her concerns about the "Anaconda" and "Feelin' Myself" videos not being considered for "Video of the Year" and "Best Choreography" despite their immense impact in pop culture.
Read below to see what Minaj shared on Instagram and Twitter.
Oh but trust me. I'll be on that stage to collect my awards for vid of the year. Feeling Myself & Anaconda. 😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊
— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) July 21, 2015
QueenBey hit me about Anaconda after the IG snippet was released saying how much she loved it. She was also VERY hands on w/FeelingMyself 😊
— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) July 21, 2015
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Modern feminism has been a problematic movement since its inception. Starting in the first-wave, an overwhelming number of white women have discarded women of color in an attempt to create and maintain a world that benefits their own. While many believe this myopic ideology is becoming extinct, it seems to be ever-present, running rampant throughout mainstream white feminism.
In a string of tweets, Nicki Minaj charred MTV and the entire music industry for their lack of recognition of black female artists and their influence over the industry. After Taylor Swift attempted to "defend herself" from what she saw as an attack on her nomination, she utilized her recently learned feminism to criticize Minaj for her what she assumed to be divisive tactics. Those who have been curious as to whether or not Swift's feminism was spoonfed to her by problematic white feminists have their theories confirmed — it was. Her condescending response and quickness to center herself in a struggle black women are facing exemplifies the biggest problem with white feminism — the lack of intersectionality.
By definition, feminism focuses on social, political and economic equality for all women and men; that includes black women. While it might seem redundant to insist upon black women's place in feminism, it is necessary because of the constant denial we face.
The "isms" affecting black women are, at minimum, dual: sexism and racism.
So often, black feminists are urged by white feminists to check their race at the door, with white feminists insisting that sexism trumps racism. They are told that because of that, black women should direct most of their energy to fighting the patriarchy. However, black women are unable to physically divorce their identities. When we walk down the street, people don't just see a woman, they see a black woman. Because of that, we must fight against white supremacy and the patriarchy, two systems affecting both our pay and the stereotypes surrounding us. Despite the literature written on intersectionality, white feminism frequently overlooks the struggles black women face, showing minimal solidarity. Instead, they insist on branding feminism as something that is wholly theirs, void of major critique on racial injustice and racist discord.
Let me be clear, I don't think Taylor Swift is racist, I think she is a white feminist.
Taylor Swifts tweets are real examples of why #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen is not only needed, but relevant. White feminists seem to be more interested in freeing their nipples than a black woman's right to inquire why she is being arrested. As a collective unit, mainstream feminists don't vocally advocate for the right for black girls to live. Instead, they seem to be in a frenzy over the release of Amy Schumer's new movie.
Many have called for Swift's critics to lighten up, suggesting that there is no such thing as a perfect feminist. They are right, there is no such thing as a perfect feminist. However, being a "bad feminist" does not mean that you are allowed to ignore the struggles of black women. It does not mean that you can center your feelings in a discussion about a racist system that you benefit from. It does not mean that you can ignore the rampant police brutality aimed at the bodies of black women.
You don’t get to pick and choose which things you want equality in. If you are going to label yourself a feminist, you must advocate for equality for all, regardless of race.
This means freedom from homophobia, xenophobia, racism, sexism and classism. This means that you must push back against narratives that have a tendency to paint white women as victims and black women as jezebels, regardless of their crime. This means that you must advocate for the livelihood of transwomen who are so often overlooked by mainstream media because of transphobia.
We didn't ask for these systems of oppression to be created. But you [white feminists] asked to be a part of a movement that, by definition, is supposed to fight for all types of equality for all women. So stop being choosy of what you speak on and start embodying what feminism is all about.
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