April 21, 2007

Hillary Pandering To The Pimp Culture

Hillary Clinton takes two shots over her involvement in the degrading language of gangster rap. Last night, the women's basketball team at Rutgers blew off a meeting with their neighboring state's Senator, claiming Imus fatigue and a renewed sense of perspective on victimhood after the Virginia Tech shootings. This morning, Colbert King blasts Hillary for taking almost a million dollars from a fundraiser hosted by a man who gets rich on lyrics that would make Don Imus blush.

First, the Rutgers team passed on a chance to meet with Hillary and hear her sympathy for their victimhood:

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton finally dropped by Rutgers to meet with the school's women's basketball coach -- but the players themselves skipped the half-hour meeting, citing their studies and Imus fatigue.

Clinton had been scheduled to meet with Scarlet Knight coach C. Vivian Stringer and an assistant, and possibly some of the players, Monday to talk with them about Don Imus's "nappy-headed ho" comments.

But that sit-down was postponed due to weather and because the story seemed far less significant after the Virginia Tech killings.

Well, finally someone got a sense of perspective. What Imus said was insulting and degrading, but it hardly amounted to the end of the world. Imus apologized, and that should have ended it for these athletes -- and apparently they agree. They have little interest in serving as poster children for politicians looking to score a few easy points.

Good for them. They should concentrate on getting an education and avoid allowing people to exploit them in the same manner as misogynistic rappers celebrate the exploitation of their "hoes".

Colbert King, meanwhile, notes that Hillary wants it both ways. She would have met with the Rutgers athletes to score points off of the wave of indignation following Imus' use of rap lingo, and almost in the same breath received $800,000 from Timbaland. King explains the "hip-hop hypocrisy":

Put me in the camp of those who implore Sen. Hillary Clinton to give it back -- "it" being the reported $800,000 that's sitting in her presidential campaign coffers thanks to a fundraiser hosted in her honor March 31 in the Pinecrest, Fla., home of a huge Clinton fan who refers to himself as Timbaland. ...

Mrs. Clinton, you may recall, took umbrage at Imus's remarks, branding them "small-minded bigotry and coarse sexism." His words, she said in an e-mail to supporters, "showed a disregard for basic decency and were disrespectful and degrading to African Americans and women everywhere."

Good for her, I say, except it must be asked why she was down in Florida making nice to -- and pocketing big bucks from -- a rapper whose obscenity-laced lyrics praise violence, perpetuate racist stereotypes and demean black women.

Here's a taste of the wit and wisdom of Timbaland, née Timothy Mosley, as provided by King:

". . . Hoes coming up short? Hoes finna get cursed out! . . . Slam the mask out of these hoes and they say, 'What is that, velvet?' And they betta meet they quota, betta yet betta meet they deadline . . . I'm a pimp all around A pimp of the town -- we pimpin 'em up, HOES DOWN."

King has Hillary pegged. She can't castigate Imus for talking about women in the same language as Timbaland while taking almost a million dollars from the rapper. The fact that she tried to wheedle her way into a meeting with the target of Imus' insult while getting funding from Timbaland makes her the worst kind of hypocrite -- the kind that makes money on the practices she derides.

Give it back, Hillary.

UPDATE: Bruce Kesler has further thoughts.

UPDATE II: Adjoran had prior thoughts at Wizbang.


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Comments (9)

Posted by SwabJockey05 [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 21, 2007 8:49 AM

Captain, it's a wee bit early to be hitting the Grog bowl isn't it? What makes you think she'd give up 800K? Especially since there is no inconsistency or hypocrisy here...you just say so because you're a "wing nut". Really there's nothing to see here...move along pls.

Posted by Captain Ed [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 21, 2007 8:52 AM

I'm shocked and saddened by your comment, SwabJockey.

It's NEVER too early to hit the grog bowl.

Posted by quickjustice [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 21, 2007 11:31 AM

The Clintons? Two-faced? Never woulda thunk it! ;-) I mean, that Abu Dhabi ports deal was a serious threat to American national security, as Hillary pointed out while Bill was stuffing his pockets with cash from the very same emirate.

This is vintage Clinton, Ed. You're gonna need a scorecard to keep up with the wheelins and dealins once she's elected president!

Posted by Adjoran [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 21, 2007 11:38 AM

I covered this story a week ago in my post, Nappy-headed political 'ho'es, which included links to actual lyrics from Timbaland, as well as Obama's best buddy, Ludacris. I got the lead from Hang Right Politics.

Of course, defining, as the nihilists attempt, words as acceptable or unacceptable depending upon who uses them is a basic form of thought control, and the enemy of free speech.

As a rule of thumb, anytime Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are involved in a situation, it bodes ill for both justice and civility - but sometimes it means a poverty pimp gets paid.

For shizzle, ma nizzle.

Posted by Labamigo [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 21, 2007 12:48 PM

"What Imus said was insulting and degrading, but it hardly amounted to the end of the world"

Captain, one of your best posts in a long time. Salient, to the point, and damn well said.

My only regret about the whole ho incident is that the Rutgers women missed a grand chance to make a statement against gangsta rap. I know, they dont want to be political, and I understand it, but someone needs to defend black women against this vile trash.

Errrr, I dont suppose Hillary will do it, eh?

Posted by jaeger51 [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 21, 2007 1:27 PM

Why is this surprising? The left LIVES on the double standard. Only "traditional" white people, preferably males, can do anything truly wrong. They have no excuses! Their great great grandfathers may have owned slaves or oppressed the Indians. They are the inheritors of a culture that ruined the planet. And whatever anyone else who isn't in that group does, it's not their fault...they've been brutalized. Or at least their distant ancestors have. Unless, of course, you want to be REALLY cynical, and just assume that Hillary et al don't really give a dog dropping about anything they profess to believe in and just want power and money handed to them and don't really care how they get it. But who wants to be that dark? lol.

Posted by Angry Dumbo [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 21, 2007 3:43 PM

Speaking of "pimp" culture (and as a HUGE fan of the Chicago Bulls), I offer Exhibit A, an interview with Shaq O'Neil. Note that Shaq Daddy values his wardrobe at 2 million dollars (and this jerk says he wants to be a cop when he retires)? Sell it to some other self-loathing sucker Daddy.

From the interview:

Worth of your wardrobe?

``About $2 million. I don't wear combinations twice. I may wear a jacket more than once.''


Compare and contrast with the Bulls Ben Wallace who wears and endorses the $15 line of Starbury shoes.


In response to the big money shoe pimps, Wallace says "the man makes the shoes, and not the other way around."

Look for Wallace and the no-All-Star Bulls to back up this talk in the playoffs.

First up. Shaq Daddy.

Go Bulls.

Posted by conservative democrat [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 21, 2007 4:23 PM

Hillarys a hyprocrite, surprised that a politician would be Captain? Won't defend her because theres a D after her name. Don't like her and don't trust her. She'll probably win the nomination, doubtful she can win the general. She is sneaky and ruthless. (OMG I sound like a winger.) I will be overjoyed although to watch the sparks fly in the runup to the general, its gonna be enertaining as hell.

Posted by The Friendly Grizzly [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 21, 2007 9:16 PM

MY GOODNESS GRACIOUS we've come a long way in the world of music by blacks. I mean, Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington, Scott Joplin and the rest had NOTHING on Lewdacriss or Timbaland!

I bet someone really takes pride in this "progress".