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Rap hasn't appealed to me for almost twenty years, so this is entirely based on the video at hand, and based on some of the comments posted here.

It seems like a two-pronged issue. Because on one hand, it's an incredibly stupid thing to invite someone on stage to sing along if there's lyrics that, sung by anyone besides the rapper in PUBLIC, might upset people. So I don't think the rapper or the audience have any real right to be mad at this kid for that. The rapper is the stage smith, and as such, he has a responsibility to his audience and to the show at hand. Inviting someone who's white on stage to sing along to a song with a lot of derogatory slurs and not saying in advance, "Hey, maybe skip the parts when we get to the n-word, yeah?" To me, that shows incredible negligence. You can't just assume that some concert goer, let alone one with a couple of beers in them is going to have all their wits about them.

On the other hand, I'll be blunt, I think it's kind of asinine how many people are still saying, "Don't be offended by a word if you're gonna use it all the time." Taking a word meant to be derogatory and hateful and making it your own is not the same as having your cake and being offended by it too. Whether hateful or not, words have history and that history has weight. In an ideal world, those words wouldn't carry that weight, but no one has any right, none whatsoever to say what people should or shouldn't be bothered by. No one has any right to tell anyone how they should feel. A person is well within their rights to say as they please, but that doesn't mean those around you have to be okay with the words you choose to say.

Now, I DO get the mixed messages that can send. Dave Chappelle said it best in one of his earliest episodes. He was dropping the n-bomb repeatedly as part as of his show and had a field day with his glorious Black-White Supremacist skit. And sure enough, when people were on the streets after, greeting him and dropping n-bombs left and right, he was very taken back. So he addressed the issue and said he should've been a little more responsible and told his audience the impact and power those words have, why he uses them in the skits he had, and the intent behind them.

"Why is it that when you say the word and claim it for your own, it's okay, but when I do, I'm scrutinized?"

It's case by case, really. Racism has been something I've dealt with since I was a teenager. In college, some of you know I got into a very vicious fight over it that ended with a broken beer bottle getting lodged into my shoulder. Derogatory remarks don't hold the same weight for me anymore because of that incident, and because I'm almost forty years old and I try to live as best I can without carrying as much baggage as I did when I was your guys' age. But not everyone is in the same boat as I am.

I don't think using slurs and derogatory remarks makes someone a bad person. Intent is everything, and carelessness does not equate to racism. But I do think people who use those words liberally are inconsiderate and insensitive, because when you say things publicly, people around you are subjected to it, and not everyone appreciates hearing that kind of language so carelessly from anyone. If I hear a black guy dropping the n-bomb repeatedly, I won't get offended, but I'll still move away just because I don't want to constantly hear words like that, for the same reason I don't want to constantly hear people half my age cursing like sailors because it's fun to swear apparently. *It's cathartic when you drive, granted. :P *

To make a long story short because every single post I ever make is an essay none of you will ever read *not that I blame you,* the rapper was irresponsible for bringing someone on stage to sing along to a song with lyrics neither he nor his audience would be comfortable hearing her sing along to. That's basic common sense and even if common sense would dictate that maybe she SHOULDN'T have used those words, when someone's singing them to a cheering crowd and asking you to sing along, and you're also kind of drunk, it's easy to let your better judgement slip away. But that doesn't mean people don't have any right to be bothered when others liberally use derogatory or hurtful language. In this particular case, either he set her up for that publicity nonsense, or he was just negligent, but that doesn't negate the feelings many may have outside of this incident. Because in this particular incident, it's not as simple as this white girl went on stage and just started singing the n-word to a crowd of her own accord.
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