Black Twitter has been on a role as of late. This week’s #RacismEndedWhen hash tag mocked the GOP’s declaration that racism was over with wit and snark that no TeeVee pundit could’ve ever come close to matching. And Melissa Harris-Perry can count herself as the highest profile member of black Twitter to cast a scornful eye at feminist blog Jezebel for its review of R. Kelly’s album “Black Panties”, which the review called “a magnificent ode to p*ssy.”
Jezebel’s Isha Aran seemed to mock R. Kelly as much as praise him, but Black (feminist/womanist) Twitter wasn’t having it.
Here’s a quote from the article which caused the dust-up:
Of course, no song quite reaches the heartfelt poignancy of “Marry the P*ssy,” a song which not only boasts repeating the word “p*ssy” 56 times, but also is an actual proposal song to a woman’s s*x organs. Yes. A marriage proposal to a p*ssy. And one that will undoubtedly usurp the stronghold Train’s ‘Marry Me’ has on the first dance at far too many weddings.
“Black Panties”/the Gilded Age of S*XY S*XY EMAN-S*X-PATION drops December 10. Mark those calendars.
Melissa Harris-Perry tweeted in response, “Thanks for linking our Black Feminism Syllabus @Jezebel, but what’s up with that R. Kelly piece?”
MHP wasn’t alone in what ranged from confusion (Jezebel is a feminist blog, right) to outrage. Ebony‘s Jamilah Lemieux tweeted : It’s 2013 and I still have to explain to people why I have issues with R. Kelly. Guess we need a White victim to emerge so folks will get it
From A$AP Feminist: The #FastTailedGirls discussion is no more relevant than this very moment, as Jezebel salutes and praises the work of R Kelly.
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