Friday, December 15, 2006

Pimps Are Cool Now?

The December 14th issue of Rolling Stone magazine has a picture of Snoop Dog on the cover. He is wearing red, with a Santa Hat, and holding a candy cane.

The blurb next to the photo says: "At Home With America's Most Lovable Pimp" Yeah, they actually connected the words "lovable" and "Pimp" in the same sentence.

So... since when are pimps lovable? I suppose when said pimp can sell millions of dollars worth of CD's and fill concert halls. After all, this is America where family values money is the name of the game.

In this article, Snoop Dog... I'm sorry, Snoop Dogg (oh, how I hate creative spelling!) begins by telling us how connected he is with his children because of his deep involvement with youth football. He goes on to tell us that his involvement has brought many less-connected fathers into deeper relationships with their children, all of which are wonderful things. Unfortunately, Mr Snoop, or should it be Mr. Dogg, spends the rest of the article talking about gang activity, drugs, and his love for pimping.

Pimping.

This is something to be proud of? Something to brag about????

Wikipedia defines pimping thus:

"A pimp finds and manages clients for a prostitute and engages them in prostitution (in brothels in most cases and some cases street prostitution) in order to profit from their earnings. Typically, a pimp does not force prostitutes to stay with him, but they have been known to be abusive in order to keep their prostitutes in line or maximize profits. A pimp may also offer to protect them from other pimps, prostitutes or abusive clients. He can also enable a prostitute to work in a particular area under his control. Pimping is a sex crime in most jurisdictions."

This scumbag (yes, he IS a scumbag, no matter how much money he makes) says of pimping: "I had it like that. See, that shit was my natural calling and once I got involved with it, it became fun. It was like shooting layups for me. I was makin' 'em every time. 'Cause pimpin' ain't a job, it's a sport. I had a bitch on every exit from the 10 freeway to the 101 freeway."

This disgusting parasite spends the bulk of the article talking about dope, gang violence, and on his "infatuation" with the pimp life, and even discusses the fact that his wife, from whom he split and later reconciled, knew about it but looked the other way.

I suppose that by the end we are supposed to go back to the beginning where we are to feel warm and fuzzy about this dope-addled, criminal pimp just because he coaches youth football.

Sorry Snoop, or Dogg, or Calvin, or whatever you call yourself at the moment. You may be famous. You may be loaded to the gills with cash. You, sir, are a vile, steaming, stinking pile of dog****! you are doubly vile because you are the parent of a girl child.

I can't say enough bad things about you... and for all of the pimps of the world that prey on young girls and women.

9 comments:

Tasha said...

He's hardly the worst of the bunch, especially in the rap game. He's just the one making the most noise and the most money off of it. He has his own version of the "Girls Gone Wild" series and has an affinity for Dolomite, Don Magic Juan, etc. Absolutely disgusting, but there isn't much we can do anymore to escape it. I'm almost at the point of desensitization. I listen to the music, but don't really listen to the lyrics anymore because I know they're mostly misogynistic, bad rhyming garbage. *sigh*, our culture is degenerating too quickly

Leslie said...

Excellent post. Very well-written. I couldn't agree more!

What's really sickening to me are the kids I saw in high schools when I was working who thought this kind of image was cool and called themselves "pimps" and "hos." I don't think many of them really understood the connotation of those words, but I think that attitude and those labels are dangerous.

Grimm said...

Man, I know I may say this phrase too often for your posts, but I truly mean it every single time.

Wonderful post.

There are people in this world who I do not understand, and quite frankly have given up even trying to. Their ways of thinking and priorotising of values just leave me totally baffled.

Gunfighter said...

Tasha,

I'm with you, but I disagree on it being "our" culture.

My culture is one of pride. My culture, our culture, is one of family reliance and love. Our culture is one of deep respect for nature and of love for our elders.

That crap spewed by various rappers and others, who are in many ways blessed by the "Gatekeepers" of whom we spoke some time ago, isn't black culture... it is degenerate culture. The problem we have as a community, is that we let that line blur.

Don't buy into it.

Hold the line.

Leslie & Grimm,

I agree.

We owe it to our grandparents.

Tasha said...

GF, I say our referring to the generation that I'm automatically eschewed into based upon my age. Not so much my own culture or the bigger OUR.

Lawyer Mama said...

I'm absolutely disgusted. I just don't understand how anyone can be proud of being such a parasite.

Kelley said...

I agree; Snoop is pretty revolting.

But if you go to Wikipedia and enter his name, you are likely to be very amused by his high school yearbook photo. Clean scrubbed and in a suit! My how things change...

janet m. kincaid said...

Excellent post, Gunfighter. I've tried to understand rap as a 'musical' and 'artistic' genre, but a lot of it still eludes me. As for glorifying prostitution and going around calling each other pimps and hos, that I definitely do not understand.

So many have worked so hard to eradicate and rise above the degradation of racism and sexism and make the world a kinder place for women and people of color that this kind of behavior seems like a blatant slap in the face to those who have gone before us.

Heather said...

I cannot imagine him priding himself on such things with a daughter! Does he hope to expand the "business" into a family affair later? DISGUSTING!