This week, we’ve been faced with famous black men who clearly don’t care about women. Rick Ross, who has a sordid history of rapey lyrics, proved just how rapey he could be in his latest appearance on The Breakfast Club.
On top of telling the world that he can’t help himself when dealing with a female artist—he’s gotta “fuck”—he then tried to make show co-host Angela Yee show him her legs. C.R.I.N.G.E.
Ross has since apologized via Facebook, saying:
I want to address an insensitive comment I made on a very sensitive issue, especially in a minority dominated industry like hip
hop. My entire empire’s backbone is led by 2 of the strongest people I know and they happen to be women, my mother and sister. The operations wouldn’t run without them and I have the highest regard and respect for women in this industry. I have a daughter myself, my most cherished gift in the world.
My comment is not reflection of my beliefs on the issue. A mistake I regret. I hope to use my mistake, my platform and the community to create positive discussion to implement change on a very important issue. respect for the ones who stand up to say hey that isn’t right. Now it’s time to accept responsibility and all do better.
I look forward to continue working with & supporting female artists. my discovery process was documented by vh1 on #signed which premiered last night. Many of the most talented artists you’ll see in the running to be the next #MMG superstars are female artists. I look forward to clarifying my comments through my support.
Thank you to everyone who’s going through the journey with me, we coming out everyday stronger.
Rick Ross wasn’t the only powerful black man behaving badly this week. No, I’m not talking about allegations of Usher’s $20 million herpes; I’m talking about the guy who used to be good at basketball, Gilbert Arenas. He’s the same idiot who brought a gun to a game, so it’s no surprise that he’d put his foot in his mouth. Arenas recently reiterated his unpopular opinion that Lupita (of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ) Nyong’o isn’t attractive and that her skin makes her even more undesirable. In. What. World?!
Above, watch this week’s episode of Judge of Characters—a digital show that passes judgment on pop culture through the lens of Black Twitter.