5 People I Wish Would Just Stay in 2017
The best way to describe 2017 was “meh”. It wasn’t horrible but definitely nothing to write home about. There were highs and lows, great triumphs and dark days (January 20, 2017 comes to mind). We saw people win big and others fall hard. And as always, there were those who showed their ass, wouldn’t shut up, did more harm than good and were exposed for the no good POS they are. This list is dedicated to them. Here are the 5 people I’d like to hear less from in 2018; the people I wish would just resign, or fade into the background or retire to Boca Raton, never to be heard from again.
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Like most of the world, I had never heard of B.O.B. until 2010 when his wildly infectious single, “Nothin’ on You” featuring Bruno Mars, sat at the top of the charts and could literally be heard everywhere. Since then he’s released a pretty consistent stream of his own music, features and collaborations with other artists. Though I’ve personally never been a huge fan of his, I’m certain I’ve twerked something at least a time or two to his music over the years.
However, as of late brother B.O.B. has been making headlines for all the wrong reasons. Most recently, B.O.B. posted the following:
“They say slavery lasted 400 yrs… America is only 250 yrs old… You ever seen a slave ship? They can find a billion year old dinosaur bone but can’t find any slave ships. #SlaveryIsNotInMyDNA.”
N****, what? Are you seriously contesting the legitimacy of slavery because you have never seen a slave ship? I could delve into how completely asinine and flawed that logic is, but I think we’re all sensible enough to know that Mr. B.O.B. is quite simply, on that bullshit. In fact, remnants of a slave ship were recently delivered to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which I’m assuming B.O.B. has never visited. Read here for the story.
While I wish I could tell you that that’s where the foolishness stops, a simple scroll through B.O.B.’s timeline will reveal differently. Here are just a few gems over the last couple of years:
- August 30, 2017: “Y’all do realize Time-Zones were created right ? it has nothing to do with the shape of anything”
- January 25, 2016: “A lot of people are turned off by the phrase “flat earth” … but there’s no way u can see all the evidence and not know… grow up”
- December 6, 2015: “When a celebrity in great health suddenly suffered a stroke, heart attack, aneurism = cloning center”
Bruh! In 2018 I just need B.O.B. to put down that krptyo-chronic extra strength strain and step away from the keyboard. For our sake.
4. Omarosa Manigault
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Le sigh. Where to start.
Black people are not monolithic. We don’t all hold the same viewpoints and beliefs. Amongst us you will find a wide variety of thought. Because of this, I can appreciate those with political beliefs that differ from mine. I don’t have to agree to be respectful of one’s opinions. However, what I cannot respect is the support of and advocacy for policies that harm our communities, no matter what side of the aisle you sit on. So Omarosa’s steadfast support of her now former boss and his administration’s policies, which disproportionately adversely affect black and brown people, has always been troubling to me.
Particularly insulting to me was the administration’s use of Omarosa, to which I’m certain she was a willing participant, to pander to black folks. To my knowledge there’s nothing in her background that made her uniquely qualified to serve as the Director of African American Outreach (whatever that means), other than she’s black. And baybeee, that’s just not going to cut it. In fact, most of us were hip to the bs and paid her no attention anyway.
As April Ryan, who has her own history with Omarosa, said about Omarosa’s firing, “I do not delight in anyone’s demise.” But I can’t say I’m going to miss her. I tend to subscribe to the school of GMA’s Robin Roberts on this one: “Bye Felicia.”
3. Lena Dunham
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Admittedly, I’m not familiar with Lena Dunham’s work. I’ve never watched Girls and I probably wouldn’t be able to pick her out of a crowd. However, what I do know about her is enough to make me gag and stay clear of supporting anything she’s involved in.
I first heard Dunham’s name in 2016 when she accused football player Odell Beckham of having misogynistic and awful thoughts about her after he didn’t speak to her at that year’s Met Gala. I remember thinking how ridiculous the accusations were and how it may have been possible that Beckham didn’t speak to Dunham, not because he didn’t find her attractive or didn’t want to have sex with her, as she argued, but because he had no phuckin clue who she was! Dunham subsequently apologized for her nonsensical, unfounded, self-indulgent and narcisstic comments.
It wasn’t until a few weeks ago that I again found myself reading about Dunham’s foolery. Amidst the many women in Hollywood who have come out to share their stories of being sexually assaulted, actress Aurora Perrineau, a woman of color, accused Girls writer, Murray Miller, of raping her when she was just 17 years old. Dunham, along with Girls co-showrunner Jenni Konner, issued a statement in support of Miller that read in part:
“While our first instinct is to listen to every woman’s story, our insider knowledge of Murray’s situation makes us confident that sadly this accusation is one of the 3% of assault cases that are misreported every year.”
My initial reaction: You bitch! How dare you, a self-proclaimed feminist, accuse this woman and sexual assault survivor of lying. My outrage was further compounded after learning that in her 2014 memoir, Dunham falsely identified a man of raping her while in college and later bemoaned over the media’s question of her veracity. I’m not here to weigh in on whether or not Dunham was telling the truth in her memoir; that’s not my job. But seriously? The irony is too much.
Author Zinzi Clemmons, announced that she would no longer be writing for Dunham’s Lenny Letter. In her compelling statement, Clemmons calls for, “women of color—black women in particular—to divest from Lena Dunham.” Consider it done sis.
Read Zinzi Clemmons statement here.
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I think this one is pretty self explanatory. However, for your review, here’s The Washinton Post’s most recent list of the terrible things Trump has done since becoming president. Enjoy.
1. Sexual Predators
It has been my sincere and great pleasure to see the epic downfall of all of these big shot, heavy-weight, big-wigs as a result of their own deplorable actions. I have found even more pride in the women who have found the courage and strength to share their stories, name their accusers, and say, “no more.” However, it is not lost on me that many of the women whose stories have been shared and who have been publicly supported and believed are white women who themselves have some degree of power.
When women of color, like Aurora Perrineau and Lupita Nyong’o, leveled similar accusations, they were discredited. Now, can you imagine the difficulty the average woman of color, without the status, wealth and acclaim of Perrineau or Nyong’o, may have in deciding whether or not to confront her assailant and tell her story? She is not only risking her livelihood but is doing so in the face of the very real likelihood that she may not be even be believed.
My hope is that this current cultural shift towards exposing sexual misconduct and believing women will allow for all women, poor or rich, black or white, educated or not, to feel safe saying #metoo. So to all the nameless and faceless Harvey Weinstein’s, Al Franken’s, Louis C.K’s, Kevin Spacey’s, R. Kelly’s, Bill Cosby’s, Mystikal’s, Donald Trump’s, Roy Moore’s, and so on…do us all a favor and just stay your asses in 2017.
Who are some of the people you wish would just stay in 2017?
*Editor’s Note: After compiling this list, it was brought to my attention that George Zimmerman was up to his same ol bullshit. His ass definitely deserves a spot on this list and all lists in years to come.
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