Did you get angry when Tyler Perry cast Kim Kardashian in his latest flick? Do you cringe when brothers hold up KK as the role model?
P.S. Don’t hold it against them. The idea of a very attractive white woman who has a black woman’s figure with lots of money, few inhibitions and an undiluted, unashamed love of black men has to feel like Christmas to those who aren’t thinking through the complexities and contradictions.
Have you railed against the Kardashians’ undeserved celebrity. If so, you might be harboring some secret joy at Kanye West’s recent and recently deleted tweet.
Shame on you. And, no, it doesn’t matter if she’s complicit. It doesn’t matter if they are both using each other. Not. At. All.
Here’s why. Not only was this a childish remark — Honestly, where do these people get their dialogue? Kanye’s tweet is right up there with the only line I heard from Ms. Kardashian’s porn tape with Ray J, “My p*ssy is about to explode.” Seriously. I know some precocious 8th graders who could come up with something better. Read a book. Get a clue.
But back to the point. When black men treat women like sex toys, this directly and negatively impacts black girls in too many ways to count and too profound to ignore. In the end, it diminishes both men and women alike. The implications go far beyond American borders. Try travelling some place where people’s only direct experience with African Americans has been with rap videos. Then take a look at Mr. West’s tweet and see if it makes you smile.
I have no idea what Kim’s real story is but a very early, abusive marriage and the aggressive behavior she tolerated from Kris Humphries makes me think that despite the bravado and poses, she has her own pain and very serious limitations to contend with. A mom who urges you to appear in Playboy because she missed her chance? I’m no prude but something’s very wrong with that. Not to mention the messy milieu of professional athletes and celebrities that her father was a part of.