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Criticism Is A Great Thing You Analog Motherfuckers

Out of the hundreds of perplexing and entertaining responses I received when writing about Dave Chappelle on VSB last week and then again at GQ this week — tweets, comments, and emails ranging from “you’re a coon” and “y’all must’ve been bought by NBC or Home Depot or something” to remarkably descriptive suggestions for different ways I can fuck myself — the most telling was one that came in a thread on VSB’s Facebook page, where a guy “flipped the script” on me by asking how I’d feel if people offered criticisms of my writing.

The sentiment behind the question is obvious: I can dish it out but I wouldn’t be able to take it.

What this person — along with the tens of thousands of analog internet motherfuckers upset today that anyone would dare say anything remotely not positive about Chappelle or Kendrick Lamar — doesn’t realize is that for anyone who takes their creative output seriously, criticism is fucking awesome! Take it from someone (Me!) who takes his creative output seriously. Aside from seafood brunch buffets and Black Cement Jordan 3s, there’s nothing better than having someone engage your work, study it, process it, and assess it in an articulate, sober, nuanced, and constructive way. Whether they like it or dislike it or somewhere in between, it shows that they’re taking it seriously enough to make that effort, which is all anyone who creates for a living wants. (Well, that and timely paychecks. Timely paychecks are first. And free donuts and frequent orgasms are second and third — the order depending on how your week is going. But sharp, vigorous, and reasoned criticism is definitely fourth.)

And then, if you’re a person who offers this type of criticism, people might disagree. Which is also fine! And expected! If you liked something I didn’t like (or vice versa), I’d love to hear you state your case. Shit, if its convincing enough, I might reconsider or even change my mind! But these analog internet motherfuckers are mad that the criticism even exists. They apparently just want us to wait for and treat new art like a seal happily flapping around; waiting for the Sea World guy to feed them whatever the fuck seals eat. Which is worse than analog. It’s gotdamn…Republican. That’s right. By shitting their stupid Muppet pants about criticism just existing, these analog motherfuckers are no different than Trump voters.

Also, do you think someone as thoughtful as Kendrick Lamar seems to be is upset that people care enough about his work to have nuanced discussions and debates about the sexual politics embedded in it? Perhaps he’s annoyed a little by it, but ultimately artists want people to engage with their work. And people are engaging the fuck out of it today. Don’t you think Dave Chappelle would be weirded the hell out if every single response to his latest work was “OMFG!!! DAVE CHAPPELLE IS KING SHIT OF AWESOME MOUNTAIN!!! THE RULER IS BACK!!!” He’d probably give us the peace sign again and disappear for another decade. Which is both the saddest and the funniest part of this all. These analog motherfuckers are fighting a battle their favs don’t even want them to fight.

Damon Young

Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB. He is also a columnist for GQ.com and EBONY Magazine. And a founding editor for 1839. And he's working on a book of essays to be published by Ecco (HarperCollins). Damon is busy. He lives in Pittsburgh, and he really likes pancakes. Reach him at damon@verysmartbrothas.com. Or don't. Whatever.

Previously

Dear Atlanta, SMH.

  • PinkRose

    If I could write as well as you, I wouldn’t have a pair of mediocre b*tt cheeks on an article about my writing.

    • Have you seen the K Lamar, vid, for Humble?

      He specifically put them in there to say hes tired of photoshop.

      • PinkRose

        I don’t focus on what is obvious.

        And I STILL think mediocre b*tt cheeks are inappropriate here.

        Edit: OBVIOUSLY someone else agrees because the mediocre b*tt checks are gone, LOL!!

        • BrothasKeeper

          I was cool. Jussayin.

    • It was relevant to the video the K.Dot put out.

      • PinkRose

        No $hit, LOL!!

    • Damon Young

      drats. i forgot people read this at work. can’t have a**cheeks all on the cubicle screen. changed the pic.

      • Ess Tee

        You were mesmerized by the cheeks. It happens.

      • You’re gonna have Becky sending e-mails to HR-“he’s watching BET on the job, I saw the bootycheeks.”

      • AKA The Sauce

        Thanks

      • PinkRose

        I mean I get that, but that’s not what I meant.

        If I could write like you and I were going to put some a$$ on MY story, it would have to be one MUCH bigger and rounder than that. IJS.

      • Ahh I see. Since…I’m out here alone I was unbothered but the #NSFW pic lol

      • BrothasKeeper

        I was cool.

  • At what point did anything other than glowing adulation become hating?

    • PhlyyPhree

      when the “everyone gets a trophy” generation was able to log on without parental consent

      • Could be. I think the point when people reveled in having haters made things worse.

        • Ess Tee

          I think this is it. Folks thinking they have haters is a roundabout way of saying, “People give a fuck about me; I’m always on their minds.”

        • PhlyyPhree

          I can definitely see that. I don’t know if its the medium/delivery of the message or what because again, all of those “haters” weren’t actually hating.
          To me its the fact that everything is diluted or lost behind a screen (pc or phone) which makes it hard to decipher if criticism is coming from a constructive place or just a place of someone “moving their mouth without saying anything”

    • Alessandro De Medici

      When people realized that people agreeing with you, robbed you of any responsibility of making a coherent case for your opinion.

    • Brooklyn_Bruin

      When the word hater got popular

      • Brother Mouzone

        Exactly…when just not liking something or not being a fan of something or someONE made you a “hater”. Nah, son, just not my cup of tea.

    • Val

      The Beyonce effect.

    • At what point did anything other than glowing adulation become hating?

      *comes out of hiding*

      when every remark is criticism laced with 10 dollar words and 2 dollar wit in some attempt to stir up the massive for the eventual class/gender/tribal revolution?

      (present website excluded)

      *goes back to working on a black brietbart*

  • So I guess this is the Kendrick post. So I’ll say my piece:

    Loved the video and the song and would of been blasting it today if the wifey didn’t take my car to school today.

    About the chexual politics- he’s writing from a male perspective. A perspective that wants to get in some guts; I’ve seen arguments that the video, while demanding for more authentic portrayals of women, still objectifies them. Some of the criticisms I’ve seen about the video focuses on that aspect and I’m not sure what to make of it. He’s talking about loving booty with stretch marks- are the next bars now supposed to describe an enlightening intellectual conversation at the local Starbucks?

    I feel the people who criticize the video from that aspect want us to sever physical attractiveness from chexual attraction. That doesn’t compute for me.

    • “I feel the people who criticize the video from that aspect want us to sever physical attractiveness from chexual attraction.That doesn’t compute for me. ”

      I don’t know how to do that.

      I didn’t realize people were up in arms about the video already. Why would he more criticism than say images in Future or others’ videos?

      • AKA The Sauce

        They expect more from Kendrick than Future…expecting anything from future was the first mistake.

        • I wonder what would be the reaction if Clown Cake’s emeritus, Drake would have done this.

          • AKA The Sauce

            They would have loved it

            • Monica Harris

              Lol Stop. That is not true

      • “I don’t know how to do that.”

        Leads me to another question- should we be learning? A lot of the feminist thought I encounter says we should. Otherwise we reduce interactions with women to the chexual common denominator- “do I want to sleep with her?” Despite promoting natural beauty, K.Dot’s being accused by some on Twitter for promoting this.

        • “Otherwise we reduce interactions with women to the chexual common denominator-”

          I think it’s a little more nuanced than that. I won’t call myself a feminist but I look at it from the aspect of me thinking someone is physically appealing not being the whole of who they are. Women are still whole people and no matter what they look like I treat them as such but I’m simple.

          • Gibbous

            “Women are still whole people and no matter what they look like I treat them as such but I’m simple”

            That sounds pretty feminist to me.

      • Women do that all the time, separately physical attractiveness from $exual attraction. That’s a thing. That said, it’s as dumb for them to impose that standard on men as is for men to assume picture of the D will automatically get them wet. A lot of empathy is needed all around.

        • DocMaldo

          Wait, you mean it won’t???? That’s a DAYUM shame. Some of these dudes put a lot of thought into the D-pics, Todd. I mean, professional lighting…contouring and shading…the whole nine. Keep that one on the low, for real.

        • Blueberry01

          “Women do that all the time, separately physical attractiveness from $exual attraction.”

          No we don’t…

      • HouseOfBonnets

        all a dis

    • AKA The Sauce

      I love booties with stretch marks…like a cinnabum…anyway….the song is dope…love the concept…please folks get out ya feelings…i’m with MM on this one.

      • I like the song too. Sounds more listenable than anything that was on TPAB.

      • Kas loves Jamaican Breakfast

        A woman can’t get to the size I like without some stretch marks.

      • TheUnsungStoryteller

        Can you explain the whole video? The only part I did understand was when he was talking about women being natural. The rest – with all the black men doing weird group think things is lost on me

      • I Came I Saw

        Stretch marks like a cinnabum is going on my next mixtape. I will credit you in the album liner.

    • Ess Tee

      Really, the only thing I rolled my eyes about in that video (actually, in the song) is the blah blah blah natural beauty blah blah blah. Like, negro! Can you stop worrying about whether a woman is wearing the makeup that you really can’t even tell she’s wearing unless she’s wearing a popping ruby or raspberry color?

      Kthnxbye!

      • And if he’s intending on sweating it off anyway, why does it matter?

        • Wild Cougar

          If he likes women without makeup that’s his business. He’s not trying to date you. He’s not responsible for uplifting every damn Black woman’s aesthetic. People need to get over themselves. Preferences are not a democracy nor a meritocracy.

          • HouseOfBonnets

            All of this!!!

            This reminds me of the time some in the plus sized community tried to come for lemonade due to the lack of body diversity.

          • Janelle Doe

            I really appreciate you. Your last two sentences are just the best.
            Tell them again in case they missed it the first time getting settled into the cheap seats

          • Ess Tee

            Ehhhhh. Kendrick’s doing that fake-woke thing about makeup, though. It is a roundabout way of being all, But, Queen, you don’t need it…, which, to my mind, is a way of trying to play uplifter of Black female beauty.

            • Wild Cougar

              How do you know it’s not just I’m tired of stripper look being thrown in my face. And even if he is trying to uplift a certain aesthetic, he’s from LA. LA. It’s not fake woke to say I like natural over there. It’s radical. People need to try to look at things from the perspective of the speaker and not import their mindset. Can a nicca live?

              • Ess Tee

                He certainly can live.

                I’m just saying that I’m equally annoyed with dudes who feel like they need to have an opinion about whether a woman wears makeup (when oftentimes they don’t even know what the heyll is going on). His wife wears makeup, too, so it’s comical to me that there’s such a (faux) worry about women and makeup.

                • Wild Cougar

                  Don’t women wear makeup for themselves? Why does anybody care is my question. People sound mad insecure in my opinion.

                  • ?? KortAlmighty??

                    Some women do wear makeup for themselves and themselves only. These women are far and few inbetween imo. Most wear makeup because they know on some level or another how they look & whether it’s deemed socially acceptable will affect their lives in very real ways, and some just convince themselves that they’re doing it for themselves. It does matter. Kendrick’s comment annoyed me simply because I’m tired of how nearly everything regarding a woman’s appearance is defined in how fuckable it is to men.

    • Alessandro De Medici

      Chexy without the chex, basically.

      • Yeah. I don’t how that works.

      • $exy without the $ex is very popular. A lot of women-focused media traffics in that. I get why it’s popular among women because, let’s face it, f*cking a dude is more dangerous for them that it is for us. That said, that is why $exy without the $ex is dangerous in and of itself. It pumps women who like it full with a fantasy world that can’t possibly exist, and when reality his, women who love media like this get hit with the Oh $h1t effect.

        • Alessandro De Medici

          Lol, technically it’s not even possible, but hey truth doesn’t exist…and we’ll pay people to keep that illusion alive as much as possible.

          • It’s not possible, but a lot of people believe in it because it’s safer than reconciling their own desires.

    • Wise Old Owl

      The issue may be just that…a male’s perspective…his same critics are silent when Young Ma and Nikki Minja rap lyrics that chexually objectify Black Women…maybe his critics hate having to compete with males like him for the same “guts” they both obviously desire and want for their selfish hyprotcritical selves…it as if Black Males can never appreciate or comment on Black Woman’s beautiful bodies in a chexual manner without being accused of practicing misogynoir and hating and disrespecting Black Women…sometimes it ain’t that deep…while at others it is…K.Dot is not Trick Daddy, Luke or Too Short…I believe unlike those fools, he actually loves and appreciates Black Women…yet, he still just wants to get in some guts from time to time…

    • TheUnsungStoryteller

      Can you explain the whole video? The only part I did understand was when he was talking about women being natural…lol

      • I was only responding to my thoughts on the natural women part. The rest of the video is just powerful imagery.

        • TheUnsungStoryteller

          Okay Teacher, I need help. That’s the ONLY part I understand. Tell me about the rest, because I didn’t understand it.

    • Brass Tacks

      This topic deserves a write up.

  • Why you take away the bootie cheeks?

    • Damon Young

      see below

    • PinkRose

      Because they’re too flat and unattractive, LOL!!

      • LOL I thought they were fine. Just a regulah degulah schmegulah booty.

        • PinkRose

          And in the context of a song about being humble, I guess that works, LOL!!

  • Alessandro De Medici

    Criticism used to be understood as a form of argument. You couldn’t just say something was good or bad, but you also had to be insightful; you’d have to solidly make your point and point out things that other people may not have immediately seen, in your “reasoning” for arriving at such a conclusion – or well, your criticism was just a basic opinion like everyone else. A well-respected critic was so good at what he did, that he could legit ruin the career of a writer or artist in 500 words or less.

    What’s changed is the worship of ad hominen and the beloved standard of “hypocrisy” that seems to dominate our politics and increasingly how people engage in disagreements on social media platforms. You can only criticize something if a. you do it, b. you’ve experienced it and c. you’re better at it than the person you’re criticizing. So the idea that people could be graded or measured on an objective standard, has somehow been diminished.

    We see it in our politics, we see it in basic discussions on trivial issues of sports and the rest (it’s increasingly becoming a thing in academia), and it’s all due to the fact that people, because of the internet, have lost the ability to evaluate arguments; to analyze points people make and judge them in terms of their wrongness and correctness. This is why, Trump supporters for example think Trump is above criticism, he “won” after-all.

    • Val

      The problem, as I see it, is that people rarely if ever concede points. Once the debate begins they stick to their original argument no matter what. That gets boring. And, no one learns anything.

      I see it on TV between politicians and their representatives all the time. So, the question is, what’s the point? No point in going back and forth if neither side is willing to entertain the possibility that the other side might be right or just has a valid point.

      I just read somewhere that men see every encounter as a possible war. So they get in a war stance. And the only acceptable outcome becomes victory, at any cost. This seems to be a top down kind of thing. We see our supposed leaders arguing and never conceding anything. So now this has trickled down to every day conversations, especially online.

      • Alessandro De Medici

        This used to trigger a bunch of rants on postmodernism and identityism from me a couple years ago, but I kind of got tired of it, but it’s inherently the issue of our times…which is one of the reasons why I was lowkey saying people should check out Alexander Dugin, his response and solution to this issue is that we should pretty much return to theocracy.

        The issue is that to concede a position is to accept that a truth, a truth independent of the person exists. You might disagree with it, it might even conflict with your own personal experience, but still, you have to accept it exists, based off proof. We’ve actually abandoned this idea outside of the sciences in America, and have substituted this for arguments from authority fallacies. The problem is that once the authorities start getting things wrong (predicting economic crashes like 2008; or predicting presidential elections like 2016) people panic and start acting like chickens with their heads cut off.

        • Val

          Heck, even with science people who are supposed to be leaders are calling it into question. So, logic goes out the window and opinion becomes king.

          • Alessandro De Medici

            Yeah it’s been creeping into science for a while, it hasn’t had the impact it’s had in the social sciences and humanities though.

            But yeah, if something isn’t done; it’s not gonna last…we’re either gonna have anarchy or we’re going to have dictatorship of one kind or the other. Human beings cannot live without some conception of truth, furthermore, you can differentiate between what’s true and what’s fake, without a conception of truth.

      • King Beauregard

        I argue on line, a lot, and I try to check my arguments for weaknesses before deploying them. When someone can actually find a flaw in one of my arguments, I’m usually impressed rather than angry, and I am inclined to listen. (Example, if I try to rebut Mortal Man, odds are he knows five times as much as I do, so I can expect to have him set the record straight, and I walk away smarter.)

        • La Bandita

          When I argue on line I am rage typing and I am cursing your great, great, great grandmamita in my head and then I have to make dinner. There’s no logic.

          • tiggatae

            Haha! It sounds a lot like road rage… :)

            • La Bandita

              I lose my English, my sentence structure starts to break, and then I am like you want some of this!!! I am a ethug in these estreets.

          • King Beauregard

            I commend your rage. :-) The trick is to come up with insults that reduce the other person to a glowing fog of atoms. My two favorites ever:

            “You are the Michael Jordan of dying alone and unloved.”

            and

            “I hope you go home and your family has been replaced by Pearl Jam.”

            • BrothasKeeper

              ??????

              • King Beauregard

                Of late I’ve thought to say “you’ve got more chromosomes than you know what to do with”, but I haven’t found a proper situation or a proper wording for it. But I got it lined up.

                • BrothasKeeper

                  I use an old movie quote on my less-than-smart kids: “you are so mercifully free from the ravages of intelligence”.

                  • King Beauregard

                    Oh thank you master!

                  • FarbissinaPunim

                    I shall put this on a mug.

        • Blueberry01

          Wow, you’re conceited, humble, and self-deprecating. Interesting…

          • King Beauregard

            I vet myself pretty hard long before I give anyone else the chance, in almost all matters. That means I know where I stand. If I’ve got a weak argument I’ll either improve it before releasing it, acknowledge the weaknesses up-front, or just keep my fool mouth shut.

            If I argue with absolute confidence, say, that single payer won’t fix us because the problem is on the medical provider side of the house rather the insurance side, I am prepared to back it up, and probably I’ve had this argument a hundred times before and I’m still waiting for someone to show me where I’m wrong. And on the day someone CAN show me where I’m wrong, I will voluntarily bow to better facts, and next time I argue the subject I’ll argue the stronger position. I am a f-ing Borg when it comes to argumifying.

            • Blueberry01

              Although I appreciate the additional information, your comment addressed absolutely nothing in my previous comment. Lol.

              It’s all good, though. Let me help out:

              “When someone can actually find a flaw in one of my arguments, I’m usually impressed rather than angry”

              This sounds conceited to me. It’s almost as if you don’t expect (or rarely have had) people find flaws in your arguments.

              “…and I am inclined to listen.”

              Yet, you’re humble enough to consider – or at the very least listen – to this new information.

              “Example, if I try to rebut Mortal Man, odds are he knows five times as much as I do, so I can expect to have him set the record straight, and I walk away smarter.)”

              Self-deprecation.

              • King Beauregard

                “Although I appreciate the additional information, your comment addressed absolutely nothing in my previous comment. Lol.”

                I touched upon it I think. The heart of it is, being conceited and being humble are matters of how one feels about one’s self. When it comes to arguing I’m much more about a realistic and candid appraisal of what I’m arguing. Is my argument sound? If so, then stand confidently by it. If it’s NOT sound, then why argue it at all?

                “This sounds conceited to me. It’s almost as if you don’t expect (or rarely have had) people find flaws in your arguments.”

                That’s because I vet myself pretty hard long before I give anyone else the chance, in almost all matters. That means I know where I stand. If I’ve got a weak argument I’ll either improve it before releasing it, acknowledge the weaknesses up-front, or just keep my fool mouth shut.

                For example, years and years ago I was going to post something about how Pope Pius XII was a Näzi collaborator, but then it occurred to me that I was going from hearsay and I didn’t really know what PPXII was alleged to have done. A little research later and I realized that the criticisms were pretty thin, unrealistic, and basically the product of a German communist who wanted to make Catholicism look bad. I did my research before making that idiot inconsequential post, and it turns out I ended up saying the opposite of what I initially planned to. Basically I demolished my own argument before anyone else had a chance to, and replaced it with one that would be much harder to demolish. Next person is welcome to try, but AFAIK there are no weaknesses to my argument. I’ve looked and cannot find any.

                “Yet, you’re humble enough to consider – or at the very least listen – to this new information.”

                Because I want the arguments that are the truest. I don’t get there stubbornly refusing to recognize a better argument. On the day someone CAN show me where I’m wrong, I will voluntarily bow to better facts, and next time I argue the subject I’ll argue the stronger position. I am a f-ing Borg when it comes to argumifying.

                “Self-deprecation.”

                Mostly I’m just being honest. Mortal Man knows a ton more than I do, especially where it comes to many of the topics under discussion here. I’d be a fool, an idiot, and a Republican if I didn’t accord his opinions and assessments a certain amount of weight.

                If we ever get to discussing why Python is a bad language, I might have the edge on Mortal Man.

      • Wizznilliam

        I’ve had to learn to stop arguing over subjective things. I liked the specials but I can’t get into someone else’s head and figure out why someone else didn’t and convince them otherwise. I’ll try to state my opinion and move on… Though sometimes if it’s something I REALLY like it is hard to someone completely hate on it.

      • Blueberry01

        I think some people (not just men) view conceding to anything as being weak or vulnerable.

        Have you ever met someone that refuses to admit they are wrong?

      • KNeale

        I see a lot of people especially on blog comments refusing to concede their argument but doing it by slowly adding all these contingencies to their argument whenever their point has been proven wrong. And its very frustrating. The thing is. I’m pretty sure I do it sometimes to. But when an argument is slowed down via a back and forth in a comment section its easier to see. And its easier for me to see how much of an asz move that is and it makes the person look like an evil child.

        “Whats so wrong with police in schools! We need something to control these bad kids.”
        “I never said police had to be in every school!”
        “When did you ever hear me say I think kids should be arrested I never said that!”
        “Ummm did you even READ my comment. I said police could be in schools I didn’t say they had to carry guns.”

        Ok boo boo.

    • King Beauregard

      People don’t even understand what an ad hominem is: it’s attacking irrelevant traits of the speaker rather than the merits of what he’s saying. If I say someone is stupid because their arguments are stupid, that’s not an ad hominem. If I say someone’s experience is not credible because, say, a Flat Earther is trying to lecture me on orbital mechanics, that’s not an ad hominem either. But if I say someone’s arguments on orbital mechanics are to be dismissed because he’s gay, THAT is an ad hominem.

      • Alessandro De Medici

        People do throw the term around a lot, without people understanding it.

        I think what people don’t understand is what the fallacy is based on, basically the concept that ideas are separate from the person who makes them, in reality. When you can’t separate the person from the argument, nothing of significant value can be gained from a debate or argument…so it might as well explode into something else.

      • raul

        I’ve always thought strawman was the logically fallacy eveybody throws around with seeming to understand what it means.

        • King Beauregard

          Good point. There may be a little bit of grey area on strawman sometimes, but if I can articulate your argument accurately but in unflattering terms, that ain’t a strawman, that’s just me pointing out what a sucky argument you’re making.

          • Alessandro De Medici

            It’s funny, because the point of most logical fallacies wasn’t to merely point them out, but rather, as Aristotle saw it, a way to detect and refute sophist-like arguments, which served the only purpose of winning debates (sophists were the first lawyers in the West.)

            Our political system and leadership is dominated by lawyers today; hale, you can say our marriages and lack thereof are dominated by lawyers…maybe there is a connection?

          • raul

            Yeah there’s a ton of grey area but strawman accusations seem to be like 90% of the time folks playing obtuse on the concept of analogy with makes little sense because analogy is way more intuitive. I think that they think referencing formal logic makes them sound smarter like overusing the phrase “to wit”.

      • Blueberry01

        see O’Reilly, Bill…

    • Lara

      I am a Trump supporter. I do not, nor ever have, thought Trump was above criticism. I want the criticism to be well articulated, however. Most of it is just “I hate him and I can’t explain why”.

      • King Beauregard

        If you think people haven’t been explaining it, odds are you haven’t been listening.

      • Diego Duarte

        Did I miss him offering to pay the legal fees of people who beat up Trump protesters? Him casually throwing around racially charged comments? Appointing white supremacists such as Jeff Sessions and Steve Bannon to key positions of influence in the White House? Him appointing Betsy DeVos, a woman he11bent on shutting down public education and fleecing kids with predatory student loans as Secretary of Education? Denying the existence of Climate Change, issuing a federal gag order on the subject, and trying to shut down the EPA and NASA? Trying to take away healthcare for 24 million people? Cutting down programs to feed the elderly, disabled and children to add 54 billion in funds to the military? Rolling back on the decision to cut out private prisons? Etc, etc, etc.?

        Because I thought this has been well covered in just about every medium for quite some time now. Or maybe you managed to find yourself here from a parallel dimension.

        If it’s the latter, can you give me some pointers? I would love to visit the Potterverse and study magic.

        • Diego Duarte

          INB4: “B-BUT OBAMA WORE MOM JEANS AND TRIED TO INSTALL SHARIAH LAW IN THE UNITED STATES!!

        • King Beauregard

          There Lara, someone just explained it. You happy now?

        • catgee12

          Come all the way through with the receipts … #AllOfThis #Facts

          http://www.clipartbest.com/cliparts/4ib/oAx/4iboAxaBT.jpg

          • ElusiveCupcake

            Those aren’t just any receipts, Diego just brought it with one of those 3 feet long CVS receipts.

        • Ess Tee

          Hers is such a gaslighting response. Dollars to donuts, people have articulated why they aren’t here for Trump, and all she hears is Charlie Brown’s teacher talking during their explanations.

        • Blueberry01

          She’s a troll, D.

      • La Bandita

        Your only articulation was you rather be ruled by a wyte man – and yet you’re single.

        • Diego Duarte

          HA!

          With this level of burn someone’s going to need to start a Gofundme to buy all that Aloe Vera.

    • Lara

      The internet has been a wonderful medium for me to sharpen my critical thinking skills. It has been a huge time sink for me, however. I probably could have built a house, or more, in the time I’ve spent on the internet.

  • A.G.

    Honest question: who is criticizing Kendrick, and why? I must’ve missed that. The video was brilliant.

    • Me too but I haven’t been o twitter since last week.

      • A.G.

        That’s smart. My TL has been mostly politics, which is depressing.

    • AKA The Sauce

      People gone people…this song and vid gives me life.

    • cakes_and_pies

      If Armond Write wrote album reviews he’d be the first contrarian clucking.

  • AKA The Sauce

    SN…i’m gone be screaming “My left stroke just wen viral” all day

    • Janelle Doe

      On your podcast? :-)

  • Wild Cougar

    So people who criticize critisism are stupid? Is that where you’re going with this?

  • King Beauregard

    The Internet has taught people they can’t possibly be wrong, because they can always find someone to supply them with the facts they’re looking for. So criticism can exist only because other people are meanies, not because they might have different but perfectly valid perspectives.

    But yeah, the problem of people never being wrong has gotten so bad that the Mandela Effect is a real thing: if the world isn’t how people remember it, it’s because reality is changing around us, it couldn’t be that we misremember stuff.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYonTBRM0VI

    • No, the American education system has. It’s why I miss teaching. Every day my students read and assessed evidence and wrote arguments. Then I’d make them go home and do it again for homework.

      Since most people don’t learn how to argue at school, they mistake shouting for analysis.

      • King Beauregard

        Oy. If people are learning to argue on the Internet and not in school, we’re in trouble.

        Still, I think the absence of trusted authoritative sources is part of the problem. Global warming is only as true as a person wants it to be, same as Santa Claus or Eskimos.

        • Alessandro De Medici

          Honestly, nowadays arguing intelligently is like fighting, you only really learn how to do it well if you’re doing it for money or scholarships.

        • La Bandita

          Santa Claus is racist. He has a slave named Pete. So mad, grrrrr . I use to love Santa now I just want to punch them.

        • Blueberry01

          Didn’t Megyn Kelly say that Santa Claus was a white man?

      • Wise Old Owl

        Ahh, you were a true Scholar, who actually taught critical thinking skills to your students…the classroom needs you…try to find a way to get back to doing what you truly enjoy…we all can sharpen our critical thinking skills…

        • BrothasKeeper

          Or don’t. My kids hate Spanish. I have failed them…..

          ….no, seriously. I failed them muhfukkas! Everyone gets an F!

      • grownandsexy2

        Wonder if any of them went into law. Critical thinking is a lost art.

      • Blueberry01

        I was JUST about to say this. In math, students get upset when they don’t get something right and try to bargain with you to consider their “answer”. I just tell them that if they want an “interpretation” of their answer, perhaps they just wait until they get to English class.

        • I feel the interpretation is important though. Like, have the kids write an argumentative paragraph on why their work is correct. Most times their mathematical errors won’t survive the writing process. They’ll hush up and go correct their work.

          • Blueberry01

            It is; however, I’m not talking about expounding upon or analyzing their work (e.g. conceptually, procedurally, arithmetically) through writing. We already do that.

            I’m referring to students getting the wrong answer, not following the appropriate steps, and/or applying an inappropriate concept YET trying to defend (or refusing to acknowledge) their error.

            • Deadlines drive behavior. I simply tell a child a)it’s wrong, and b)it’s fixed, and explained thoroughly in writing by the end of the period, or c) I’ll text your momma and you’ll stay after school to get it done, where we have more time to work you through why your obvious answer is so wrong.

              • Blueberry01

                Lol at all of the options!

                Option A typically works for me; however, in their attempt to form a rebuttal, they usually find their mistake(s).

    • Valerie

      I love this video.

      • King Beauregard

        I hoped you would like it! Not necessarily you specifically, though I’m pleased with that outcome. (I post a lot of videos here, it’s 50% to illustrate whatever point, but also 50% in case what I said was dumb and at least you get a video out of it.)

        • Valerie

          I thought the humor was funny.

    • LOL this is great. I love watching things like this on YouTube.

  • Brass Tacks

    Am I the only Brotha that saves the spots Damon and P name drop to a Word Doc. and then brings those same locales up for date night ideas?

    Me: Yeah.. I’ve been wanting to try this new place, Sequoia. I heard it has a pretty decent seafood brunch buffet.

    Them: Yaaaas, Brass! You always know the trendy spots around town.

    Me: *shrugs* I mean I guess I do ok…

    • That’s some Master Level ssh!t right there!

      • Brass Tacks

        I mean I guess I do ok…

    • Valerie

      I have done this before especially the post about Houston. I’ve never been to Mama’s Oven before and I’ve lived here all my life lol

      • BrothasKeeper

        Mama’s Oven is the greasiest of spoons, but the food is so good, you won’t even feel your arteries congealing. And right next door is Hank’s Ice Cream, where the ice cream is all handmade. They got a banana pudding ice cream that will make you *REDACTED*.

        • miss t-lee

          That’s my bestie’s fave.
          I’m partial to the Black Walnut.
          #RIP Mr. Hank

      • miss t-lee

        It’s anti-good. I prefer This Is It.
        I just get Ice Cream at Hank’s.
        I miss that guy.

    • Duncan Frame

      I hope you’re letting the manager know whose passing out the endorsements!

      Btw I probably would do the same if I was in the US

    • HouseOfBonnets

      The levels of finesse….

      • Brass Tacks

        When it comes to the Sistahs.

        *clears throat

        “You could’ve been anywhere in the world. But you’re here with me, I appreciate that.”

    • BrothasKeeper
    • Roz

      #smooth

    • I’veLostCount

      I bow to you sir. Btw, I had a good laugh at your comment

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