Teh Crazy Years

Social Media as Cultural Mirror

Actor Jesse Williams* said this at the 2016 BET Awards:

‘This invention called whiteness uses and abuses us.

Burying black people out of sight and out of mind while extracting our culture, our dollars, our entertainment like oil — black gold, ghettoizing and demeaning our creations, then stealing them, gentrifying our genius and then trying us on like costumes before discarding our bodies like rinds of strange fruit.
cultural ref.

All-New Mickey Mouse Club member, NSYNC starlet, and deep thinker, Justin Timberlake responded on the Tweeter Machine:

#Inspired

Hilarity ensued.

Tweeter responded with hours of typical SocMed style:

‘Inspired you to do what? Continue to emulate black culture through your music while ignoring issues affecting black people?’

‘So does this mean you’re going to stop appropriating our music and culture? And apologize to Janet too.
[ref Janet Jackson’s SuperBowl costume malfunction]

JT responded after hours of being Tweet-abused:

I forget this forum sometimes… I was truly inspired by @iJesseWilliams speech because I really do feel that we are all one… A human race.

‘I apologize to anyone that felt I was out of turn. I have nothing but LOVE FOR YOU AND ALL OF US. –JT.’

So Tweeterz doubled down:

You are a mediocre white boy with little rhythm. The LEAST you can do is acknowledge your privilege and wrong doing.

You RUINED Janet Jackson’s career…

Lesson?

6 Comments!

  1. DougM (quiet, keeps to himself, kind of a loner, nobody thought he’d do anything like this)
    Posted June 28, 2016 at 9:08 am |

    Lesson?
    Some people are jackasses.
    Buuut I knew that already.

    People who attribute social problems to genetics will never be able to fix the problem. Heck, some don’t even want to. Some want compensation for their inherited victimhood, some want to look down on others for their inherited inferiority/privilege, and some just want an excuse to bully others. You know… jackasses.

    Note to radical celebs: You’re just being bullied; the jackasses won’t love you, no matter how low you grovel or how much you apologize for being mau-maued.

  2. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted June 28, 2016 at 9:56 am |

    Lesson: don’t tweet with twits.

  3. Fawkes News (#Snarknado)
    Posted June 28, 2016 at 10:01 am |

    Lesson: Twitter is a sewer.

    (was going to say what Dick said, but he beat me to it :)

  4. s2
    Posted June 28, 2016 at 10:14 am |

    Lesson? What is now called Cultural Appropriation used to be thought of as acceptance.

    Acceptance is now a bad thing, somehow.

  5. Posted June 28, 2016 at 5:25 pm |

    Well, there’s always Liberia if jesse feels the need. Maybe justin could go with him – kum by yah.

  6. MikeG
    Posted June 28, 2016 at 8:53 pm |

    Janet Jackson’s career was ruined way before Justin got a hold of…….er….her career.