Well, wake up indeed, Mr. West!
It seems Kanye West was in a reflective mood this Labor Day weekend, as he took to Twitter to pose some questions about the use/misuse of words that have derogatory, damning origins, such as 'b-tch' and 'n—-', in modern popular culture.
THE ONLY RACE IS THE HUMAN RACE, WE ARE ONE
— Kanye West (@kanyewest) September 2, 2012
He then continued on (this is a summation of all relatable tweets):
I usually never tweet questions but I struggle with this so here goes… Is the word BITCH acceptable? To be more specific, is it acceptable for a man to call a woman a bitch even if it's endearing? Even typing it in question form it's still feels harsh? Has hip hop conditioned us to accept this word? Do we love this word as much as we love the word NIGGA in an endearing way? correction, Here's the age old question, would we refer to our mothers as bitches? Would' we call our fathers niggers or better yet NIGGAS? If nigga is such a positive word, why do we feel so uncomfortable for white people to say it, even with a hall pass? Is it ok to use bitch as long as we put BAD in front of it? Like you a BAD BITCH. Perhaps the words BITCH and NIGGA are now neither positive or negative. They are just potent and it depends on how the are used and by whom? #FREETHOUGHT.
We love love LOVE this contemplative side to you, Kanye!
AND we adore the fact that 'Ye is using his influence and a something so accessible as social media to inspire a very important discussion about words, how we use them, and the meanings we give them, which obviously can change over time.
We urge Kanye to listen to Lupe Fiasco track Bitch Bad which addresses this specific issue in such a masterful way, for example, Lupe spits: "Bitch bad, woman good, lady better."
Yay for critical thinking! Yay for expanding one's mind! Yay for being more conscious and inquisitive about things we may take for granted!! And yay for a tolerant, well informed, yet still curious, future word!
Then again, if Aaron Paul has any say in it, "b-tch" has a whoooole other meaning when it comes to his incredible character Jesse Pinkman on Breaking Bad:
@kanyewest: I usually never tweet questions butI struggle with this so here goes…Is the word BITCH acceptable?” Ummm…I hope so.
— Aaron Paul (@aaronpaul_8) September 2, 2012
Ha!!!!! We love that guy.
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