Her appropriative swag is yet another reminder (not that we needed any more this month) of how little black women are valued in our society, even in genres we co-create. In a moment where cool is synonymous with swag, a particular manifestation of black masculinity, Kreayshawn’s dismissiveness and denigration of black women animate her success.
The objectification of black women as a lyrical trope is what makes Kreayshawn interesting. Look at this white girl who talks like a black man! Isn’t she awesome?
honestly i’ve been thinking about this a lot, more than i’d like to admit. i watched the video two or three times because it kept on popping up on my dash, and i was like, “am i missing something everyone else is seeing?” i don’t hate it, but i still can’t wrap my head around so many (critical) folks are loving this.
not to mention the girls raggin’ on other girls shtick. this whole song is about chicken heads, “the basic bitches where that shit so i don’t even bother” and hating on girls who work at arby’s. and i’m supposed to be like ha! ha! oh those basic bitches! fuck them! yeah… no thanks. is it internalized misogyny? is it part of living in a sexist society that makes us internalize some of this bullshit? is it reclaiming a space in a hypermasculine environment?
i mean i think i have my own personal issues (recovering sensitive child/bullied/not being girly enough/being dismissed since i’m a femme queer by butches/being dismissed in music scenes because i’m a woman/whatever) but i try to put that aside and try to get the tough girl shit… but i never do. it often involves way too much putting other girls down to make you seem tougher, and i don’t get it. i hate those environments.