There are two things thatll let any man know hes getting old, that hes officially entered Hey you kids, get off my lawn land.
The first is opening a letter and finding an invitation from a local cemetery to buy a future resting place.
Hmmm. Does somebody know something I dont?
The second thing thatll let you know its time to hike your pants up to your sternum will be when you turn the television channel away from Beyoncé, not because shes too alluring, but because shes too unclothed. And boring.
Both of those things happened to me in the past 48 hours.
Booties Every Time
The only reason I saw the outfit Beyoncé wore during a performance broadcast on the BET Music Awards on Sunday night was because a friend called during the show to lament how difficult it was to watch the ostensible awards celebration with his young daughter and her friend. They were visiting someone elses home, so he couldnt turn the channel as I did.
The BET network was founded by Bob Johnson as Black Entertainment Television, but it soon became, in the unassailable summarization of Boondocks creator Aaron McGruder, Booties Every Time.
Blanche DuBois said, Deliberate cruelty is not forgivable. It is the one unforgivable thing.
Not true, B.D. Hypocrisy is the one unforgivable thing, and it would be the height of that sin for me to ignore that I believe there is a place in this world for stripper poles and the women who choose to slide down them.
So great was my contribution to the education of callipygian women who were working their way through school hey, thats what they said by dancing at the late, lamented Brothers III gentlemens club in Durham that I had an endowed chair there.
Most of the women I knew who did that were doing it out of necessity, or at least as a means to an end, hoping that one day they wouldnt have to do it. No one should find fault with anyone who does what they feel they have to do to survive, as long as they arent breaking any laws.
All of yall had better be glad I dont have anything people are willing to pay money to watch me shake. I just wouldnt do it where kids could see, though.
Not on prime time
Just because someone thinks there is a place for stripper poles that place is called a strip club, your bedroom or that secret room off the den at your uncles house that he kept locked and warned you never to go near doesnt mean we need to see them on prime time television where impressionable young girls can be exposed to women exposing themselves for money and fame.
The friend who called to decry what Beyoncé was wearing called her beautiful, sexy, talented, rich and the worst role model in the world for young black women.
Young black women? How about young any women?
Beyoncé, depending upon ones source, is 32 or 50. Perhaps when she began her career she felt it was necessary to flash skin and do the hoochie-coochie dance in order to separate herself from everyone else.
Since then, though, shes made more money than shell ever be able to spend Forbes magazine estimated she earned $53 million last year sang at the White House, dined with the Obamas and become a mother. To a daughter.
Either of those achievements should be enough to convince her its time to come down off the pole, put on some clothes and do more than pay lip service to this womens empowerment of which she often speaks.
Of course, its every mothers and fathers responsibility to be role models to their children, not some half-nekkie celebrity. At least that celebrity could be a role model to her own kid, though, right?
Now, if youll excuse me, I see some kids I need to yell at.
Hey you kids, GET OFF MY BEGONIAS!
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