Social Media Trends Commentary Hot Takes : Gayle King, Oprah Winfrey, Pete Buttigeig, Snoop Dog, and STARZ Power The internet was straight wilding last week.
Apparently, black, white, and green Twitter wanted all the smoke with both Gayle King and Oprah Winfrey. The beef stemmed from a leaked interview segment between basketball great, Lisa Leslie and Gayle King. In it, Gayle presses Lisa about the recently deceased basketball legend Kobe Bryant and past rape allegations.
The internet was not having it and that let be known via retweets and key board dissing. Even controversial rap artists Snoop Dog and 50 Cent, had something to say, albeit disrespectfully. Just when the situation seemed to be settling down, black women made it clear that Snoop Dog and 50 Cent had “tried it” with their blatant disrespect and cussing out of Gayle.
The entire #GirlDad hashtag movement began to be questioned. How could men who professed their love for their daughters, turn into such vile critics of two African-American women? When the smoke settled, a community divided is what was left standing and Oprah going on air to vouch for the welfare of her friend. CBS, Gayle’s employer came to bat for her, but aren’t they source of the controversy? According to Gayle it was someone for the CBS camp that shared that particular clip.
So who won? Social Media, by demonstrating how it’s the master manipulator of people and emotions and a medium that facilitates hate and bullying at an unprecedented speed. A house divided will not stand.
Political Hot Seat – Pete Buttigeig, the candidate that corporate shills wants to force down everyone’s throat. The voting public has made it clear that they aren’t having it. With the suspect results from the Iowa Caucus, a poor debate performance and his treatment of black residents as Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, the “Golden Boy” doesn’t seem so golden. This country can’t afford a Pete Buttigeig or anyone else that’s backed by corporations. We already know what that type of presidency looks like. The candidate to beat Trump needs the black vote, which is something Buttigeig does not have and black folks ain’t so willing to give up. At least not the new blacks…lol.
Starz Power – Chapter one of Starz’s Power has finally ended and the jury is still out on if I will tune into the next chapter. The show was indeed a guilty pleasure. However, I could not help but think of how the show reinforces negative stereo types of black women. Tasha (Naturi Naughton) – the sole dark-skinned regular black female cast member on the show was a “chicken head” according to her deceased husband, drug dealer, poor mother, and murderer and slept with multiple men. It’s hard to keep track of the many ways that black women have been displayed so wretchedly in film and television. Hopefully, Naturi goes on to land better roles. Trailers for the Power spin off don’t look that promising either, but I could be wrong.
Whelp, that it for this weeks social media trends commentary. Now let me get back to Blacklist.