Nicki Minaj's new video "Stupid Hoe" has been banned on BET networks. Ok, let me start out by saying that I haven't ever really been a fan of Nicki Minaj, but she does have catchy lyrics. I think she's a bit over the top (I think that's just her 'gimmick' to get attention ' by the way, Lil' Kim has already been there, done that just like Madonna has already been there, done that compared to Lady Gaga). Nicki Minaj has found what works for her and she works it. Period. Whether it's her attention-seeking get-ups, her breasts popping out at a performance at Good Morning America (come on girl ' you wore a low cut shirt that practically showed your tatas from the onset) or her raunchy songs (in one which case she likens herself to Angelina Jolie compared to the then-bride of Brad Pitts' Jennifer Aniston), what the hell is the difference? BET, I have a question: Are you kidding me? How many other videos have you had on your station by other rappers (men, mind you) that have had explicit lyrics and nearly-naked women showing off more than you can show (and that you show anyway)? A little afraid to show a woman taking her sexuality into her own hands, huh?
The Vagina-Penis Paradigm
Nicki Minaj's new song and video isn't any different than any of the other booty-poppin videos that you usually see on BET. What's so different between this video and all of the other videos featured on this TV station? I'll tell you what ' it's a woman superstar at the forefront of the video ' that's what. Try and tell me differently. Show me any of the other videos with sexually explicit, women-degrading lyrics that you already show on your network and I'll show you a little boy in school who is already imitating those words and actions (I know because I hear it first hand from my sister, who teaches in our schools). Ladies and gents, I do believe we are witnessing what you call a 'double standard' or as I like to call it ' The Vagina-Penis Paradigm
. So tell me BET, what's so different between this provocative song by a woman and other songs by men that you have allowed to be played on air? As far as I can tell, this video just like all the others is the epitome of what BET has stood for over the past 15 years.
How many other videos have you 'banned' because of explicit content? (Answer: not many) Get it together, BET. What are you really
afraid will happen if you play the 'Stupid Hoe' video? Is it you have a political agenda against showing fierce, cursing women-rappers? As a matter of fact, I find it pretty damn empowering that Nicki Minaj is taking her sexuality into her own hands by showing as little (or as much) as she wants, saying exactly what she wants and in a fashion that is her CHOICE to do so. Minaj recently tweeted "Can't premiere on a network b/c it's important that my art is not tampered with or compromised prior to you viewing it for the 1st time." Well, at least she's looking at the bright side...
Is it that surprising that a woman would take control over how she is sexualized in the media, therefore turning the predominantly male-dominated industry on it's head?
Now some of you may ask, aren't you reading a bit too much into this Lisa? Maybe you're looking for a story that fits in with your woman-empowerment ideals? Fair enough, but I'm pretty sure I'm not crying wolf on this one. Tell me if there's something else I'm not seeing and I'm definitely open to viewing it from a different perspective.
I truly believe this isn't about censorship ' that's just a cover to stay away from talking about the real issue at hand' sexism. From back in the day, to present day music, why is it that Jay-Z can talk about women being bitches ("I got 99 problems, But a Bitch Ain't One"), Lil Jon can say "Skeet Skeet" on air, 2 Live Crew could call women "Big Booty Hoes", Juvenile can have a song "Back that Ass Up" getting airplay, Y.G. can get away with a song called "Toot It N Boot It" etc., etc., etc. Come on BET, who are you fooling? You've become a product of your own demise for so long you don't even recognize when you're the one who's perpetuating the problem.
Or maybe, silly me, this all could just be a marketing ploy, in which case, BRAVO for your continued perpetration of the messages you send to young girls and boys.