BET: Hip Hop vs. America video. The influence of Big Business & the portrayal of women.

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Bling and Asses.

The Commercialization of Hip Hop. Hip Hop is Dead.

BET: a conversation (Cornel West, Nelly, Chuck D, Farai Chideya, Jeff Johnson, Nelson George, 50 Cent, Dr. Eric Michael Dyson)

Great series. Speak the truth…and no one will buy your music. That’s the logic. Talk about bling and asses. It’s the commercialization of hip hop, instead of artistic integrity. This video alone has 2970 comments as of time of writing.

“How can you maintain integrity vs. money?”

Tip Drill (count yerself lucky I don’t have the video, just the song):

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elephant journal Sep 13, 2009 3:13am

EL: Waylon, with all due respect, if you recognize that a lot is wrong with objectification, I don't know how you can continue to promote and defend American Apparel.

Waylon Lewis: I don't defend them against objectification, I've been clear on that. I do however appreciate their making their stuff in USA, offering workers fair wages, ESL classes, being among first to offer organic blanks (which are huge business, and mostly conventional) in US. You're right, Elaine, on the objectification/sexualization bit—and AA is unrepentant on that count, I did a blog last week on how they view their questionable-taste ads as essential to their approach: http://www.elephantjournal.com/2009/09/american-a

elephant journal Sep 13, 2009 3:13am

EL: Waylon, with all due respect, if you recognize that a lot is wrong with objectification, I don't know how you can continue to promote and defend American Apparel.

Waylon Lewis: I don't defend them against objectification, I've been clear on that. I do however appreciate their making their stuff in USA, offering workers fair wages, ESL classes, being among first to offer organic blanks (which are huge business, and mostly conventional) in US. You're right, Elaine, on the objectification/sexualization bit—and AA is unrepentant on that count, I did a blog last week on how they view their questionable-taste ads as essential to their approach: http://www.elephantjournal.com/2009/09/american-a

elephant journal Sep 13, 2009 3:13am

EL: Waylon, with all due respect, if you recognize that a lot is wrong with objectification, I don't know how you can continue to promote and defend American Apparel.

Waylon Lewis: I don't defend them against objectification, I've been clear on that. I do however appreciate their making their stuff in USA, offering workers fair wages, ESL classes, being among first to offer organic blanks (which are huge business, and mostly conventional) in US. You're right, Elaine, on the objectification/sexualization bit—and AA is unrepentant on that count, I did a blog last week on how they view their questionable-taste ads as essential to their approach: http://www.elephantjournal.com/2009/09/american-a

elephant journal Sep 13, 2009 2:03am

In reference to the photo above, which is taken from the video and vividly represents the objectification of women in hip-hop, a reader commented (on FB):

objecting to all the nudity dude

My reply:
There isn't any in the post. That image is from the video, which does a great job re talking about portrayal of women in hip hop. The above is an example of that.

We're equal opportunity. Last week Hipster Porn was our most popular post (and we need traffic to survive) and I went out of way to include men and women, both. Same with Branson post. If you actually click on those posts, you'll see–particularly with Branson–I'm trying to direct the traffic toward interesting content. In the Branson post, which you probably didn't actually click on, I included videos of The Elders, which was amazing.

Nothing's wrong with nudity. Lots is wrong with objectification. We're happy to publish an article if you'd like to delineate your views on the two.