This morning, I received a call from a good friend and mentor. This isn’t unusual—but the timing and direction of the conversation was extremely unexpected. He asked if I’ve seen the new Cardi B. and City Girls, “Twerk” video https://youtu.be/QryoOF5jEbcto which I responded no. He then likened in to another famously provocative video, “Tip Drill”,https://youtu.be/Nr4gpOc55nQmade by the Nelly in the early 2000’s which caused major controversy even till this day. So, at 8am this morning, I stopped to check out what my friend called ‘the biggest threat to the psyche of our youth’. I find this video particularly unique due to all the women cast and the objectification of human bodies. Artist like Nelly, Uncle Luke, Snoop Dogg and others all faced huge backlash for degrading materials and content against women. This video completely flips the script while posing several intriguing questions concerning community, morality, and the idea of sex. Below, are some thought provoking questions I asked myself and peers:
- Are there any problematic occurrences in the video?
- Is there a psychological or moral impact on the black community stemming from a video of this nature?
- What is appropriate to critique?
- Would you want your younger sibling imitating or looking up to these individuals?
- Is this a product of the feminist movement and/or women’s liberation movement?
- How does a video like this relate to body censorship/ body-shaming/slut shaming?
- How should a video like this influence men both young and old?
- As a man, do I cheer, discourage, or remain silent?
- Does my presence (as a black man in this society) restrict me from taking a stance on this issue?
- How does a video like this impact the #BlackGirlMagic or #MeToo movement, if at all?
- What is Black Girl Magic? What are some examples of it? Cardi B?
- What is the requirement or responsibility of a role model? Are there any?