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The concerned parents on Morning Joe found something to be outraged about over the video of SAE frat members engaged in a racist chant: namely the rapper Waka Flocka Flame’s decision not to perform for the fraternity, saying on CNN last night that he was “disgusted” by the video. (Waka Flocka Flame had performed for the frat the previous summer.) Co-host Mika Brzezinski thought Flame should take some responsibility, given that “'n-word'” appeared in his lyrics.
“If you look at every single song, I guess you call these, that he’s written, it’s a bunch of garbage,” Brzezinski said. “It’s full of n-words, it’s full of f-words. It’s wrong. And he shouldn’t be disgusted with them, he should be disgusted with himself.”
“Popular culture becomes a cesspool, a lot corporations profit off of it, and then people are surprised that some drunk 19-year-old kids repeat what they’ve been hearing,” said Bill Kristol. He added that Tipper Gore “tried to raise this issue, and was widely ridiculed,” referring to the parental advisory labels the future V-FLOTUS enacted after her daughter purchased Purple Rain thirty years ago.
originally posted by: babybunnies
Actually, I tend to be on the side of Morning Joe, for a change.
It seems to be perfectly ok that rap music, played loudly and often, contains the N word very regularly. White people can play rap music with no recourse at all, with the N word blaring over loud speakers for all to hear.
The minute that white people use the same language, they're expelled and demonized. It's a double standard.
Either the word is bad, or not. It can't be okay for one group but not for another. You can't have it both ways.
originally posted by: Bone75
What a stupid argument. The kids were being racist, plain and simple.
A better argument would have been to blame gangsta rap (in part) for fueling the stereotype that makes these kids racist.
For example, its hard not to be racist when you're at a family oriented parade with your kids and a float full of black people rolls by blaring a song about cooking crack. "Bakin' soda..... I got bakin' soda".
originally posted by: Bone75
a reply to: Spider879
Here, let me start the process.
The song you just posted is despicable and I will never let my children listen to or repeat something like that.
originally posted by: Metallicus
I am not defending the actions of the SAE members because it was stupid, but I don't really like the way people can have their entire life derailed for merely drunk singing words. It isn't like they actually were out in public intimidating people. They were on their own bus getting drunk and stupid. Words should not be a reason to expel someone at least in this case.
Again, what they did was stupid, moronic, whatever, but the punishment for drunk singing stupid crap was a little harsh imo.