Now first an foremost, I am not sure why TMZ.com is responding to Reverend Al Sharpton regarding their “roboho” comment.
I realize that I don’t have Reverend before my name and I am a female and under 50, but please, give a sista her respect when due.
Last time I checked, I called TMZ.com out on that and not the good Rev. Although, the Rev’s support is much appreciated, give credit where credit is due. Had I not written that editorial, this probably wouldn’t be an issue today as no one seemed too upset to write about it. Just like the Rev wouldn't like others to take credit for his work, the same applies here. I am a blogger and I am sensitive about my shit!
Now on to TMZ.com.
TMZ.com has responded back to Sharpton’s claim they were racist when criticizing Beyonce’s stage outfit at the Black Entertainment Television (BET) Awards last month.
TMZ.com commented on a photo of Knowles' saucy robotic ensemble at the ceremony, describing her look as 'Roboho'. Sharpton wrote to the website, saying, "It is intolerable to think that TMZ.com would find humor in calling Beyonce - someone who symbolizes the strength, dignity and uplifting of Black women - a 'Roboho,' and they should be denounced by the entire community for glorifying the continued oppression of women with this derogatory term. Racism in America is perpetuated by ignorance and hate and using one's airwaves or media entity to promote it is a blatant setback to civil rights and the advancement of equality."
TMZ.com insists race had nothing to do with the comment, telling Sharpton; "In response to your statement questioning TMZ's use of the term 'roboho', first and foremost, please note that we called Beyonce's performance outfit "roboho" not Ms. Knowles herself. There is a difference. "As to accusations that our comment was racially motivated, TMZ has humorously called into question many celebs for wearing racy outfits - regardless of their race. In the past, TMZ referred to Victoria Beckham, aka Posh Spice, as 'poshtitute,' Hulk Hogan's daughter a 'working girl' and called Lindsay Lohan's trashy ensemble a 'Ho-rror.' A tight mini-dress is a tight mini-dress! Even Kid Rock got a humorous "ho" reference in a December 2006 story, and last we checked, he was neither Black nor a woman."
So what. So what if you called 15 women ho’s. All that further says is that TMZ.com not only has an issue with Black women but apparently with women period. We shouldn’t tolerate anyone being called a ho in our media, including infotainment which is read by many young people whose brains are like sponges and soak up every image and word.
I noticed however, that TMZ.com failed to address the rampant racist comments on their website from their readers regarding their supposed non-racist remarks.
"Black people are idiots Black people can't dress A few of them are hot (ie. Rhianna) Most are not (ie. HIV-infected Bayonce) Black people: understand this: The more you complain about whites hating blacks, the less you will amount to in your lives. Can you honestly find ANY successful black people in the world? I can't. Why? They all complain. The Japanese were slaves too at once point. Want to know why they are some of the richest people in the world? They don't dwell on the past. So listen up you little oil rags: SHUT UP."---JEFF
"YOU "AFRICAN AMERICANS" CAN JUDGE WHITE PEOPLE BUT WE CANNOT EVEN SAY A WORD ABOUT YOU. YOUR REPRESENTING REVERSE RACISM AND THATS PATHETIC. DON'T TALK ABOUT THIS SLAVERY !@?#$ EITHER BECAUSE YOUR MOTHERLAND SOLD YOUR PEOPLE TO US. YOUR IN A FREE COUNTRY THAT WAS FOUNDED BY WHITE PEOPLE...YOUR LUCKY TO BE IN THIS COUNTRY BECAUSE YOU COULD BE LIVING BACK IN ETHIOPIA. NOT ONLY THAT BUT THE MAJORITY PEOPLE SUCKING THE WELFARE, MEDICAID AND ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS IN THIS COUNTRY SUCH AS FOOD STAMPS ARE AFRICAN AMERICANS!!! AT LEAST THE WET BACKS THAT COME FROM MEXICO KNOW HOW TO WORK THEIR ASS OF FOR THE FREEDOM THEY'RE STARVING FOR. ALL YOU PEOPLE KNOW HOW TO DO (FOR THE MOST PART) IS BITCH, WHINE, POP OUT KIDS AND SHOOT EACH OTHER. YEA....I PLAYED THE RACISM ROLE, BECAUSE YOUR DOING THE SAME F**KING THING. SO KISS MY WHITE #$!@?" ---WHITEGIRL
Now what? Yeah, I thought so. You can wordsmith it all you want, but at the end of the day, you called her a ho and are now trying to hide behind how you called her a ho. TMZ.com must be taking taking pointers from my Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and his two-stepping around whether or not he had an affair with a spanish language news reporter.