Hiphopkatrina3

Oh I had a good LOL moment when I read the following quote from Kirsten John-Foy with Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network in response to rapper David Banner’s criticism of the Rev. and his effort to clean up rap lyrics.

And I quote:

From time to time we do encounter people that have sexual fantasies about Reverend Al Sharpton, but they are always women and Crump’s proposition is a first.  However, in keeping with the National Action Network’s Decency Initiative, I am sure Rev. Sharpton would not call Crump the “N” “B” or “H” word. And, despite Crump’s personal request, I am sure Reverend Sharpton would not call him a faggot. He would just pray for him. We at NAN are pro civil rights for everyone, even Levell Crump who has not had a banner year since his debut album in 2003.”

So you may be asking yourself what prompted all of this.

In an interview with sohh.com, Banner came out swinging against the civil rights leader, who last week organized protests around the U.S. calling for public divestment from the music industry until rappers stop using the words “bitch,” “ho” and “nigger” in their lyrics.

"The next time you see Al Sharpton, tell him I said fuck him and he can suck my dick," Banner told the Web site. "I might change the name of my album from ‘The Greatest Story Never Told’ to ‘F*ck Al Sharpton.’      

“I hate Al Sharpton. This is the kind of sh*t that I’m talking about. They’re killing kids in New Jersey and all across the country and all a ni**a got to talk about is rap lyrics? F*ck that about they’re our elders and we gotta respect them. I’m tired of this. They’re like the parents, but the parents are crucifying the kids.      

"They tried to crucify Nelly and Akon … we need to come together because they’re only doing this because we’re not saying anything. Sharpton] a permed-out pimp. Him and Jesse Jackson are out here charging people to do rallies with them. They’re more worried about their investors than our kids. Tell him David Banner said it."

Now what I don’t find funny and extremely interesting is that in Foy’s quote (which I might add is an official statement from the organization) he had no problem saying referring to the words nigger, bitch and ho as “N” “B” or “H” words but when it came to the word faggot, he just said it, point blank.

What’s that all about?  Unlike with journalist Jonathan Capehart’s recent use of the word at the big gay presidential forum where it was used for context, Foy clearly is using the word to degrade, embarrass, and or put on blast Banner.  Even if Banner was gay, does that make it okay to call him a faggot?

Not cool.

When Sharpton first announced his Decency Initiative I said then that it was imperative that we include the word faggot on the list of words that shouldn’t be used and not to just focus on the “N” “B” or “H” words. 

So what’s the deal?  Since Foy reps Sharpton’s group, is this an indication of how the group feels about the word faggot?  That’s it is alright to use.

I don’t know, what do you think?