Rappers have always been viewed as misogynistic, hypocritical, two-faced people and it seems as though they have no intention of changing anytime soon… After all, when you operate from a position of privilege, it’s easy to be very resistant to change (just aske Cape Town’s elite).
We are reminded of this everytime rappers do or say offensive and illegal things and justify their behaviour with flimsy excuses and the crowd-favourite “I said what I said” aka “that’s my opinion.”
Okmalumkoolkat has done it, Nelly has done it, L-Tido has done it and it is one of AKA’s favourite things to do.
Yesterday, Kid X, whose real name is Bonginkosi Mahlangu, joined the aforementioned party when he took to Twitter to call for an end to bad bads. “This bad bad wave needs to end, we need women who can raise our kids,” he said.
I don’t know what is more evident - the irony, the hypocrisy or his misogyny.
What is a bad bad?
The term bad bad is the euphemistic way of referring to someone as a bad bitch. The phrase initially had positive connotations.
According to Urban Dictionary, a bad bitch is
- A woman who knows what she wants and knows exactly how to get it
- A woman who is always ready for anything physically, emotionally, and also intellectually (one being book smart as well as street smart)
- One who is classy and all about business
- One who knows how to take care of her man at home and in the streets and remains loyal to him, herself, and the game at which she plays
Despite the fact that they created the concept of the bad bad/bad bitch, men all over the world seem to have developed a deep-seated hate for the very thing they created. Perhaps it is because of the new found agency of these so-called bad bads that allows them to make a living off their looks, a life lived on their own terms and free of the very men who so desperately want to either bed or date these bad bads but will never get the chance to.
If Kid X is so against the idea of bad bads, why does he continue to hire them for his videos? You can’t be okay with glorifying the image only to turn around and bash it when you catch a case of the Twitter fingers for whatever reason.
Perhaps it because society has taught men that there is nothing wrong with the fact that they do not respect the very women they desire that allows these men to so comfortably contradict themselves...
For argument’s sake, let’s say Kid X spent time with one of these “bad bad’s” on set, discovered that there was a person beyond the bubble butt and fell for her. One thing led to another and they ended up having a child together… Was he still going to feel the same way he currently does about bad bads? Was he still going to be comfortable making such an asinine statement in public? Unfortunately, the chances are, he would.
A quick Youtube search of Kid X music videos brings up countless results of music videos in which he is surrounded by the very people he thinks are incapable of raising children. Which probably goes to show that he merely objectifies these women without getting to know them because if he did, he would know that many of them are mothers and perfectly good mothers at that.
Mothers who figured out that there is a honest way to make money and ensure their children are fed, educated and clothed.
Unless he thinks there is something wrong with being a bad bad and a music video model by extension? A word that his girlfriend uses in the positive sense to refer to her friends as well.
One of his followers argued that it was ironic that it was people who aren’t even bad bads who are bothered by the statement but based on that argument; white people should not be bothered by how racism affects black people and black women shouldn’t care about the health issues affecting and killing black men and so forth.
Despite how often this happens, it is disappointing that someone like Kid X would stoop so low. This should not deter us from holding rappers to a higher standard however. If we continue to hold them accountable and poke holes in these flimsy arguments, they will no longer have an excuse to hide behind their ignorance.
Disclaimer: The views and opinion of this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of ZAlebs.
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