I’m going to preface this post by making it known that I’m not all that familiar with Kendrick Lamar or his music. I mean I know who he is and that he is often lauded as being one of the best lyricists out right now, but do I know his music? Not really. Still, when I read that he was being dragged on twitter for expressing his disdain for photoshop and smoothed out blemishes on women I was intrigued.
The song/video in question is titled, Humble. Watch for yourself (fast forward to around 1:40 to watch the portion this article explores):
According to an article in Atlanta Black Star, when the single/video dropped yesterday, there were tweets blasting Lamar’s references to women’s stretch marks and photoshopped skin. I spent about 5 minutes looking for these negative tweets and came up empty, y’all. Folks really love this video. Sidebar: I feel like I’m too old for Twitter. It is the single most uncomplicated, yet complicated platform ever. Anyhoo, I couldn’t find the tweets, so here are a few reported from the ABS article.
First of all, the stretch marks and natural hair aside, the visuals in this album are pretty dope. As for the matter at hand, I think labeling this video as an example of misogyny is a bit of a stretch. Misguided? Yes. Misogyny? Eh… I just need black men to leave black women’s bodies alone. Kendrick’s intentions were well-meaning, as were Usher’s in this video HERE, but am I ready to hand out a round of applause? Not quite. It’s nice that he likes us with natural hair and stretch marks, great, but we aren’t here to please you, bruh. We’re doing us. Maybe we don’t like our stretch marks or acne marks, and maybe we cover them up for ourselves. Fancy that! All this video does is reinforce the idea that a woman’s body/physical appearance is ultimately about men, and that ain’t how we roll, fellas. Some women do, but most of us are covering are faces in glitter and paint because we like that shyt. We’re girls! We ain’t thinking about you and what you like.
Also, the girl in the video looked like she was on some Alicia Keys no makeup makeup bullshyt, and we all know how I felt about that. Did he deserve to be dragged? Eh…it ain’t that deep for me, but let’s be wary of these dudes who fancy themselves pro-women when they out here reducing us to nothing more than our hair and our asses. In short? Leave us alone. The rest of the song, tho? Fiyahhhh
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