First off, I have to be honest and say that I have never heard of i Heart Memphis until today. I have also never heard the the that got him featured on this national hip hop station. But I clicked the link on Bossip (yeah I know) because the title said “The Swirl: I Heart Memphis Reveals His White Girlfriend Inspired “Hit The Quan” Dance/Song.”
So I watched, and noticed a few things. I Heart Memphis seems like a really sweet guy, at least from my first impression. And when the hosts asks for him to bring out the woman who inspired such a popular song, she, too, was pretty, sweet, and a little shy. Honestly they’re cute together.
What I thought was super obnoxious is that the host of the show roar with surprise and congratulations that this kid “landed him a white girl,” as if he had won the lottery. They treated Gabriella like a rare and exotic animal, to be studied and admired.
If I’m correct, I don’t believe Eve or Azealia Banks–both involved in interracial relationships themselves, got such high praise. Uhm….yeah I’m pretty sure they didn’t.
I use this event to point on an example of the double standard black women face in a community that thinks it’s a total lottery win to bag a white chick, but expresses faux disappointment (faux because these folks weren’t checking for these girls anyway) when they meet, marry, and mate with white men.
The perception of critics of black women IR dating behave as if they’ve won the tri-state jackpot is really a projection, because based on what I just saw here, that’s pretty typical.
But I have to say, I Heart Memphis and is girl remained dignified and above the schoolyard excreta.
What say in all this?