Full disclosure: I’m no fan of Kim Kardashian anyway. I mean, seriously? She got famous from making an uninspired, yawn-of-a-p-oRn tape with Brandy’s little brother. And though she lays claim to the power of the booty and her ability to fry chicken for her on again/off-again boo, Reggie Bush, I guarantee you neither her badunkadunk nor her soul food skills can compare to the most average of Shaniquas from around the way.
Anyhoo, I got a good giggle when I read THIS STORY, about how Demi Moore Twitter-checked Kim K. for tweeting that she was at the club “big pimpin'” with her girls Serena Williams, La La Vazquez and Kelly Rowland.
Demi: @KimKardashian No disrespect I love a girls night out but a pimp and pimping is nothing more than a slave owner!
Demi: if we want to end slavery we need to stop glorifying the “pimp” culture
Demi: It’s not her! iwe have allowed it 2 B considered cool, but it still is what it is! RT @jaeearly: tru but she doesnt mean it quite so literally
Demi: Just so ya’ll are clear I like @KimKardashian I was just making a point about how we have used a word and desensitized the real meaning.
Demi: Clearly I stirred up a s**t storm, but 2 create change U have 2 be willing 2 take a risk and be willing 2 provoke thought & conversation
I stopped laughing and really got to thinking about what Demi was saying, though, when Change.org emailed me a link to THIS STORY a post by Rachel Lloyd, executive director of Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS), the nation’s largest service provider to girls and young women who’ve been commercially sexually exploited and domestically trafficked. As Lloyd pointed out in her piece:
…the glaring omission from all the articles, blogs and commentary [about Demi vs Kim] is any real analysis of Demi’s point – that we glamorize and glorify pimp culture, use terminology that seems to legitimize the practice, and in doing so ignore the fact that pimps are modern-day slave-owners.
…Kim Kardashian, like most people in this country, is probably totally unaware of the harsh reality of pimping and thinks of it in the context of a Jay-Z song, a 50 Cent video, an Oscar-winning song and movie, or a caricature from the 1970’s. I’m sure if Kim knew the real stories, tears and scars behind the glorified images of pimps, she’d think differently about the language she used. I’d encourage her and anyone else who uses ‘pimpin’ as a verb to watch our Showtime documentary ‘Very Young Girls’ to learn the truth about pimp culture.
Lloyd went on to point out in the piece that more than 100,000 children in THIS country are exploited through the commercial sex industry every year, and the median age of entry into the game is between 12 and 14 years old.
I admit: I hadn’t really thought of it that way.
But as much as I love me a good Jay-Z song, I sure am thinking about it differently now.
*deleting “Big Pimpin'” from my playlist AND sending a virtual fist bump to Demi and Rachel Lloyd for keeping it all-the-way-real when it comes to protecting our babies AND reminding us that words, even when used innocently and absentmindedly, have power*