quote:Originally posted by HeruStar:
Figured if we're going to talk about a song, we'd probably need to point a few key lyrics...
Being a stripper isn't neccessarily a respectable occupation. But they're are respectable women that happen to be strippers.
It's the trance that these women are able to put men in that makes them the envy of all women...These women are usually in fairly decent shape, and take pretty good care of themselves (sometimes it's just genetics). Women that don't stay in shape and take care of their bodies, have no room to speak against strippers.
I have so many issues to take up with your statements that I don't know where to begin! First, Brother Heru, one shouldn't zero in on a few "eloquently-stated" lines in this song and forget that Brother "T-Pain" is still adulating a stripper. In no other race of people would find men publicly announcing their adoration for "strippers," as if this is something to be proud of, except ours, and it's disgraceful. Of all the accomplished Black women that this brother could be honoring, he decides to honor a stripper. This is proof of where we are as a people. When are we going to learn that because of our situation in this country, everything that we do and say in the media, particularly if the media is broadcasted worldwide, is going to be received as a representation of our entire race? Right now, this comes across as a joke. And it's very difficult to take a person (or group) seriously when they are representing themselves in these explicit and abhorrent ways.
Secondly, I wouldn't refer to rap videos for examples of what strippers generally look like. Often times, the women that you see casted in rap videos, particularly the women that are the most attractive and fit, are professional models and actors. Most strippers don't look ANYTHING like the women being featured in costly rap videos. Most strippers are busted, overweight, unattractive, have tiddy-sag and stretch marks, and many of them DO NOT take care of themesleves for the simple fact that they are in this profession in the first place. Others work as prostitutes and escorts during late night hours. More importantly, it's not a woman's appearance or shape that makes her worthy of being envied, but her dignity and self-respect. Women with self-respect should be highly honored in our community, not women who "look good" while exploiting and selling themselves out for money.