As Black America prepares to celebrate the BET Awards this evening, I thought I’d put a few things into perspective as it relates to Paula Deen’s use of the N-word, Black America’s celebration of the same word, and selective anger.
To date, celebrity cook Paula Deen has been dropped from the Food Network and Smithfield Foods has nixed her as a spokesperson. In addition, Walmart, Target, QVC, Caesars Entertainment, Home Depot, diabetes drug company Novo Nordisk, J.C. Penney, Sears, and KMart have terminated or suspended endorsement deals with Deen. This after it was revealed in court documents that Deen told an attorney questioning her under oath last month that she has used the N-word.
According to the court documents in a sexual harassment suit filed by Lisa Jackson, the former general manager of their jointly-owned restaurant Uncle Bubba’s Oyster House, Jackson says that she was appointed by Deen to handle the catering and staff for Bubba’s wedding in 2007. She asked Deen what the servers should wear and Deen allegedly said, “Well what I would really like is a bunch of little niggers to wear long-sleeve white shirts, black shorts and black bow ties, you know in the Shirley Temple days, they used to tap dance around. Now, that would be a true Southern wedding wouldn’t it? But we can’t do that because the media would be on me about that.”
And as bad as Deen’s comments are, I’ve heard worse and from the same people who claim to be offended by a white Southern women’s use of the word.
Tonight Los Angeles will host the 2013 BET Awards, a celebrated event from coast to coast in Black America with nearly all of the hip-hop artists nominated being Black.
All of which got me to thinking about Blacks celebrated use of the not only the N-word to describe themselves but the words bitch and ho to describe women and sometimes men depending on the context of the lyric (i.e. bitch ass nigga, etc.)
While there are so many categories to choose from when it comes to the BET Awards and the nomination of rappers who degrade and disrespect Black people, for the sake of brevity we’ll stick to Video of the Year–just note that many of these nominees in this category are nominated in other categories including Male Hip-Hop Artist of the Year.
Video of the Year
|SONG – ARTIST
|“No Lie” – 2 Chainz feat. Drake
|(Fuckin) Problems –
A$AP Rocky feat. Drake, 2 Chainz
& Kendrick Lamar
|“Started from the Bottom” – Drake
|“HYFR” – Drake feat. Lil Wayne
|“Poetic Justice” – Kendrick Lamar feat. Drake
|“Thrift Shop” –
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz
|“Adorn” – Miguel
|“Diamonds” – Rihanna
|“Suit & Tie” – Justin Timberlake feat. Jay-Z
Kanye West feat. Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz
TOTAL NOMINATIONS FOR THE N-WORD – 45
TOTAL NOMINATIONS FOR CALLING WOMEN/MEN BITCHES – 13
TOTAL NOMINATIONS FOR CALLING WOMEN/MEN HOS – 3
TOTAL NUMBER OF RECORD CONTRACTS / ENDORSEMENTS CANCELLED – 0
TOTAL TIMES PAULA DEEN USED THE N-WORD (THAT WE KNOW OF) – 1
TOTAL CONTRACTS CANCELLED WITH PAULA DEEN TO DATE – 11 AND COUNTING
Now for my folks who will be watching the BET Awards tonight, please make a note and let me know if the Food Network, Smithfield Foods, Walmart, Target, QVC, Caesars Entertainment, Home Depot, the diabetes drug company Novo Nordisk, J.C. Penney, Sears, or KMart runs any ads during the show. Because that my friends would be hypocrisy in addition to everything else I’ve already pointed about our celebrated use of the N-word and selective anger.