Cardi B May Want To Get Rid of Her Security Team

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OPINION- There is a brief video clip (see at the end of this post) that went viral of Cardi B being groped by a douchebag fan while she was being escorted by her security team. More than likely the groper felt that because of Cardi B’s past occupation as a stripper, he is entitled to a quick feel. Of course, on social media that is the excuse that some are using to justified why the man committed sexual assault. They are also saying, Cardi B had on an outfit that screamed touch my rear end. It’s worst when Black women are showing up with their font capes in hand, displaying their “pick me” attributes.

Not only was rape culture in 3D during that video clip, but it was also an extreme level of toxic masculinity by Cardi’s own staff, which was her security personnel. Cardi’s security decided to hold her back after she was groped, instead of grabbing the perpetrator and ensuring his face was shattered in multiple places. The holding back of Cardi B during that time showed the devaluation of the person who they were supposed to protect. Why is she paying these guys, when they can’t even do their jobs correctly?

Many women with an emphasis on Black women have often said that we are the least protected, and the most disrespected and this is true. Cardi B’s security didn’t defend her, therefore should be dismissed. The security team Cardi B had in place, were just a waste of DNA and didn’t earn their paycheck that day and more than likely may do the same thing, which is nothing if that happens again (let’s hope not).

I can’t imagine Julius (Beyonce’s bodyguard) allowing Bey to be grope without repercussions, nor grope at all. I’m sure if one would try it, the assailant may be sipping through a straw for an extended stay at the local hospital. Cardi B’s security looked amateurish in that clip and displayed the same toxic energy that Black women have to deal with in our personal lives when faced with the various tiers of rape culture and toxic masculinity by those who should be protecting us. They can’t even protect us when we aren’t celebrities, and prominent Black women can’t even get protection when they pay for it.

After what took place, Cardi B needs to fire that entire security staff who was there and did nothing. Often, those who are supposed to be so called bodyguards are hired based on brawn and not much else. Sometimes they are hired based on their reputation in the hood as an enforcer and don’t have the intellect to create a firm security plan together, where Cardi B wouldn’t be subjected to what she had to experience.

An adequate bodyguard must have an arsenal of credentials, and that includes a past clientele list that should be part of their references they submit to show that they know what they are doing, before being hired. One can’t afford to hire anything without vetting the personnel properly to ensure that the VIP is confident that the security detail knows what to do in any situation. It’s time for Cardi B to cut ties with these useless bodyguards, before next time an assailant may do more than just palm her behind.

-Ms Scripter

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The Many Tiers of Rape Culture

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end_rape_img-fRape culture has many forms and not just the sexual assault kind one sees on the news, where the perpetrators are given 25 years to life for brutal attacks if caught and convicted. Rape culture has an array of forms, and the tiers can go from subliminal and advance to critical levels.

The lowest layer on the rape culture chart starts off with victimization, which has several forms alone. Victimization shows up as unwanted touching in a non-sexual way, the disclosure of private details about one’s sexual life that one didn’t ask to be a part of, could be deemed as inappropriate. Rape jokes, homophobia/transphobia, locker room talk, sexist attitudes, and victim blaming. I’m sure we all know someone whether in the work place, or in our private lives that have been known to exhibit the victimization tiers of rape culture.

Level II of rape culture is degrading someone, like catcalls. When someone is in public, that person should not be subjected to catcalls. Let people go to their destination, without others impeding on them by flapping their gums. I can’t stand when the weather gets a little warm, and that give individual(s) (men) the license to start the enhancement of cat calling to monumental levels. If one does participate in catcalling, one is also participating in rape culture. Sending someone an unsolicited picture of one’s sexual anatomy is another form of rape culture. If they didn’t ask to see a picture of one’s private parts, don’t send it! Of course, the situation in the club or any other public space where one thinks it’s a good idea to grope someone, without his or her consent is also a part of rape culture.

Level III of rape culture intensifies, this tier represents the phenomena that have been around for a while now, but has been recently getting a lot of attention, which is when a man covertly removes a condom during sexual intercourse, without the consent of the person they are having sex with at the time. Condom removal without the other person’s consent is never okay. In the present, politicians are looking to put laws of this nature on the books, to address it. Statutory rape is also an action that we should know is part of the intensifying levels of rape culture. The excuse that one didn’t know that he/she was 15 at the time of sexual intercourse is not going to fly. One may be convicted of statutory rape and will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of their lives, even after serving time in jail if applicable. One better makes sure that the person that they are engaged in sexual intercourse with is of legal age, in their state (which varies). Sexual coercion is also part of level III of rape culture. Pressing someone to have sex is part of the dimension of rape culture. If one has to pressure someone to have sex, then it says a lot about you, and mainly that you are a sexual predator.

Level IV is the last level of rape culture, which is explicit violence. Actions like rape are the most violent out of the definitions. I also want to make it clear, that having sex with someone who is intoxicated and can’t give clear consent is also rape. When one commits acts of battery, incest, and murder that can also be characterized as part of rape culture.

Now that one has understood (hopefully) all the definitions from lowest to highest; it’s important that no matter how low the tier is, participating in any of these actions means one is contributing to rape culture. Lastly, if one sees their friends groping, cat calling, making rape jokes, talking about having sex with intoxicated victims, one should check their friends, etc or you also become part of the problem.

Works cited:

http://www.11thprincipleconsent.org

-Ms Scripture

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Ashley Judd Apologizes for Calling Hip Hop “Rape Music”

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NEW YORK – It has been well documented concerning Ashley Judd’s comments last week on hip hop while she was promoting her book All That Is Bitter And Sweet. Judd stated in her book that rap music is a “rape culture”. Here is an excerpt: “YouthAIDS created hip public service announcements for TV and radio using popular local and international celebrities and athletes and was participating in the MTV World AIDS Day ‘Staying Alive’ concerts. Along with other performers, YouthAIDS was supported by rap and hip-hop artists like Snoop Dogg and P. Diddy to spread the message … um, who? Those names were a red flag. As far as I’m concerned, most rap and hip-hop music—with its rape culture and insanely abusive lyrics and depictions of girls and women as ‘ho’s’—is the contemporary soundtrack of misogyny.”

Judd realizes now more than ever that the hip hop community is at an even bigger scale now, and she has since proceeded to go on a PR campaign to take back those comments, after receiving some backlash. She also made a point to single out P-Diddy and Snoop Dogg in her initial statement, but conveniently left out Eminem’s down right derogatory misogynist lyrics. I wonder why? Judd reached out to Russell Simmons, and release a statement via Global Grind. “My intention was to support artists to know that they have so much power,” said Judd. “That they make incredible life changing impressions, particularly on the young. And we have choices everyday with our expressions, we either empower and celebrate unity or to re-enforce inequality and degradation.” Judd went on to include,  “I so regret that my indictment of rape culture as a whole has been with that paragraph interpreted as me blaming rap and hip hop exclusively.”

Judd is trying to sell books I get that part, but the focus is now solely on her comments about hip hop. Maybe she also needs to apologize for subjecting us to her movie Tooth Fairy. In all honesty, Judd does have a point, but hip hop is not the only genre that fits this criteria. So it appears that she was just taking aim at the hip hop culture alone. I’m sure she thought her comments would go unnoticed or quite frankly not challenge. If you going to attack a genre, you better be prepare to discuss the other genres who also fit the sexism mold. It appears when people want to discuss sexism, or violence; hip hop is the convenient scapegoat. What is played on the radio in terms of rap music is nothing but sexism at its best with the videos to match; their is no disputing that. The artist who create positive rap music is not in the spotlight as much, and that is our fault because we do not support them like we should. I wonder does she think Lupe Fiasco, Common, or  Mos Def are part of the problem? Judd should have done her homework before making generalizations.

Now going forward I just hope all hip hop artists avoid taking subliminal or rather non subliminal shots at her on their albums. We all know how creative some of our favorite rappers can be. If any hip hop artist decides to go that route, they will only be supporting her initial comments all along. So let us hope no one attacks her with the use of derogatory lyricism to prove a point, which will not be much of a point at all.

-Ms Scripter

Just blogging for-the-masses, ya dig?

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