As Christelyn’s post on the recent firing of Roland Martin from CNN for making homophobic comments illustrates, some groups are simply not to be messed with. “White women,” as a class, seems to be one of those groups.
Prime example of the protected status of white women? See rapper 50 Cents’ refusal to say anything even the least bit insulting or denigrating about comedienne and late-night talk show host Chelsea Handler, no matter what she say’s publicly about him. Chelsea Handler admitted to dating 50 Cent for a while before breaking up over what she calls “something stupid” that had a little bit to do with the singer Ciara, who also dated 50 Cent in that past. Chelsea had the following to say on the Howard Stern morning show about her last phone conversation with 50:
I think I called him the worst thing you could say to a black person short of calling him the N-word. I said something like youâ€™re like a street person basically. Something along the lines of being a gangster, and it was really, really offensive and I hung up and Iâ€™ve never spoken to him again.
Surprise, surprise, I have yet to hear 50 Cent say anything even remotely negative about Chelsea in any interview. Which is really amazing considering how negatively 50 talked about his ex-girlfriend, actress Vivica A. Fox, a black woman, in several interviews. 50 Cent has spoken disparagingly about his son’s mother, declared lyrical war on rapper Ja-Rule, and dropped the word “b*tch” and “h*e” more times than can be counted in reference to black women on his albums.
But what has 50 Cent had to say in public that was negative about the blond-haired Chelsea Handler? Not a peep.
Silence is telling.
I think 50 Cent has to know that white women and the white men who in control of most media will issue a blackout on 50’s career–the man will be do done you can stick a fork in him–if he were to start walking around disrespecting white womanhood.
Now if only black women could organize to have this kind of power to silence our critics, we would really be in business.