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Why Kyrie Irving’s Snow Bunny Sex Yacht Is A Thing People Are Talking About, Explained

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Who is Kyrie Irving?

Kyrie Irving is the star point guard for the NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers. He’s also my favorite NBA player.

Your favorite player? Really? Don’t tell me you’re one of those people who gets a new favorite player every time a different team wins a championship. You’re the worst type of sports fan. 

I’ve actually been on Kyrie island since 2010. And I have the receipts to prove it! I first wrote about him in 2010 on VSB. And then again in 2011 on VSB. And then in 2012 in a piece for EBONY.

As many of my friends will tell you, it’s not uncommon for conversations with me to go like this:

Friend: “I never quite understood why meat loaf has its own name. It’s just an awkwardly shaped meat patty. We should start calling meat loaf awkwardly shaped meat patties. What do you think?

Me: “Yo, Kyrie dropped 55 on Dame Lillard last night! That’s what I think!

Ok, ok, ok, ok. I get it. You’ve been down since day one. So why is he in the news today?

Kyrie’s performance in the NBA Finals — where he outplayed unanimous MVP and sports media darling Stephen Curry — propelled him to a different level of fame. And this larger platform has also enabled many women — Black women, especially — to notice that he’s an attractive young man. This attribute of his was particularly noticed during the Cavs’ victory parade, where he took J.R. Smith: The Perpetually Shirtless Pipelayer’s lead and also went bare-chested.

And, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that his choice of attire — fitted gray sweatpants — made another one of his possessions, um, noticeable.

So basically his entire post-championship week was an extended Snapchat thirst trap?

Basically.

I see. So, what happened next?

A day or two after the parade and the subsequent Kyrie-inspired undergarment humidity, footage emerged of Kyrie and a dozen or so women enjoying themselves on a yacht.

So…what’s the big deal about that? He’s young, rich, handsome, famous, and presumably single. I don’t see the issue.

Well, Kyrie is Black. And, from the looks of the clip, each of the women on the yacht were White. GirlsGoneWild-type White. So White that if there was cocaine on that boat, people would be confused about what to sniff.

And this resulted in both a week’s worth of memes and jokes directed towards Kyrie — 92 percent of which were either clever and corny ways of saying “mayo” or portmanteaus of his name and “Taye Diggs” — and an acknowledgement from many Black women that they felt a certain way about it.

Felt a certain way? What does that even mean?

Well, I don’t think any Black women lost any sleep over who Kyrie chose to party with. But for many it did sting a little bit to see this guy who they were crushing on just 24 hours earlier choosing to surround himself with the women in rows A through C at every Taylor Swift concert.

See, this doesn’t make sense to me either. Because, I mean, it’s not like those women were invited to the boat to play Yahtzee, swap couscous recipes, and debate gentrification. So basically it seems like the Black women upset about this are upset that Kyrie didn’t invite Black women to his freaky sex boat. Shouldn’t they be, well, glad he didn’t do that?

Eh. It’s complex, man. There’s centuries worth of slavery residue, colorism, Eurocentric standards of beauty, and episodes of “The Facts of Life” that need to be considered to understand the context here. Yes, in a vacuum, people upset about the objectification of Black women should be pleased that apparently no Black women were objectified on Kyrie’s Snow Bunny Sex Yacht. But optics matter. And what was seen — and felt — was this uber-eligible Black bachelor with tens of thousands of Black women singing his praises apparently making a choice that would seem to communicate that he considers Black women to be invisible.

Also, I guess there’s the whole cultural and sexual context of the superstar Black athlete choosing to exclusively date and marry White women — White women who made themselves very available to him after learning he was an athlete. Perhaps this made the optics of Kyrie’s Snow Bunny Sex Yacht sting even more. 

I’m glad you brought this up. Charlamagne Tha God alluded to this in a tweet, saying “Kyrie Irving an NBA player that likes white women. In other meaningless, stereotypical NBA news Basketball players are also tall.

But if you went down the line and named the most popular and prominent Black NBA players today — Lebron, Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, etc — they all either have Black girlfriends or Black wives. Which just tells you how strong and settled that stereotype is. Even with evidence that would seem to contradict it, it remains a “truth.”

So basically you’re saying that Black athletes shouldn’t date, sleep with, or marry White women, and that Black women are justified for believing that too?

No. Kyrie — and any other athlete who happens to be Black — can date whoever the hell they want. (Also, Kyrie has actually been romantically linked to Black women before; most notably Callie Rivers — daughter of LA Clippers coach Doc Rivers.) And, it’s important to remember that this is one of those stories where the ratio of “how many people are talking about this” to “how many fucks people actually give about this” is imbalanced. I’d say there have been 27,000 words said for every half of a fuck that’s actually given.

It’s just helpful to understand and acknowledge the context there before reacting to and making judgements about the way (some) Black women reacted.

So, what’s next for Kyrie?

He’s on the Olympic basketball team. And the Olympics are in Rio. So maybe he should invest in some Zika nets for his Snow Bunny Sex Yacht.

Damon Young

Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB. He is also a columnist for GQ.com 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.

  • cyanic

    The black man white woman combination will always piss people off. White men deomonize black men and hype white women above all else.

  • HoobaStankyLeg

    The vast majority of women on here: I don’t care. Let the man do him.
    Everybody else: Y’all BW need to calm down!
    The BW: I just said I am calm and I don’t care.
    Everybody else: Why y’all so mad?!

    Me: The song in the opening credits of Lion King begins to play in my head as a rub my temples in a circular motion. I am mentally holding my sanity out over a group of species that I’ll probably end up eating at some point.

    THE CIRCLE OF LIFFFFEEEEE!!!!!! AND IT MOVES US ALL!!!!

    • Courtney Wheeler

      Message board in-fighting sprinkled with some passive aggressive gifs…

      Thank You Internet..

    • HouseOfBonnets

      IN THE CIRCLE……LIIIIIIIIIIIIFFFFFFFFFE!

      *Cues the Lion King title card*

      • HoobaStankyLeg

        Yea. For some reason Circle Of Life is my spirit calming music. When I see I am not being heard, say no more. *Cues title music

        • Cynthia Silverstein

          <.
          ??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??::::::!bg54mm:….,….

  • ChokeOnThisTea

    *yawn*

    Anybody seen Game of Thrones the other day?

    • Epsilonicus

      Meeeeeee! I done watched it twice

      • ChokeOnThisTea

        Thoughts?

        • Epsilonicus

          1. Like Tris said, very well scored
          2. Arya for the win
          3. I think Littlefinger dies next season
          4. Loved the library. I want one likes that in real life
          5. No sadness for the Freys
          6. Cersei has no heart

          • mr. steal your costco samples

            OUR ENEMY BRINGS THE STORM

            /cut to Edd at the Wall with like seven dudes

            • CheGueverraWitBlingOn

              They are so done..like everyone there is gonna be a wight.

          • CheGueverraWitBlingOn

            1. I’ve actually been listening to the score on Spotify
            2. Arya from way down town….BANG! But didn’t her face swapping game come up pretty hard though? Did she have to kill the actually pretty servant girl for that?
            3. I can see how that might work, but I think he holds on until the end.
            4. I felt like Sam looked about that library….(I’m home).
            5. FuckaFrey. but putting his kids into a pie…Coooold blooo-oodddeed.

            6. Cersei has a heart..but it mostly in her kids. Sooo ya know.

            • BrownKitty289

              Did you peep how Arya almost got Jamie as the bar wench?
              So thats why she needed her training. *hm*

              • CheGueverraWitBlingOn

                Yoo, yuup! But I was thinking about this and wondering whether it was Arya at that point or no. But yeah, probably was and she tried for him. If he was slightly less troubled and Cersei preoccupied she might have gone 2 for 2.

          • MsSula

            Your number 4. was my everything. Samwell is one of my faves.

        • mr. steal your costco samples

          Best episode the show ever did. So many righteous Ls were caught by bums, from the Sparrows to that Septa to LancellllllllLLLllanister to the Sand Snakes to Daario.

          LET THE GROWN WOMEN TALK

          • Qris_10

            Love Mama Tyrell!

          • MsSula

            I feel like Mama Tyrell and Lil’ miss Lady Mormont would be a match made in clapback heaven! Loll.

      • ChokeOnThisTea

        LMAO!!!

    • Lmao

      • ChokeOnThisTea

        I don’t even watch the show, but I figure it’d be more entertaining than this Kyrie thing.

        • I don’t either but it was funny

          • ChokeOnThisTea

            Lol!! One of my friends who is a die hard fan is gonna sit me down in the upcoming weeks for a marathon watch. I’m game.

            • CheGueverraWitBlingOn

              Call us back once you’ve come over the dark side …

              • ChokeOnThisTea

                Will do!

        • AnswerMe

          3 straight articles of men and women ish. Not to mention Black men and Black women ish. I’se TIDE.

          • ChokeOnThisTea

            Right. All this Kyrie thing does is bring out the black women bashers and antagonizers for another round of “nan-nanny-boo-boo.”

            At some point, you just gotta protect your spirit and say, “nah, B. I’ll pass.”

          • Epsilonicus

            They get the most comments tho, even from regulars. Don’t want as many, gotta stop commenting on them as much

            • AnswerMe

              I mean I’m tired. That doesn’t mean they aren’t good for traffic and conversations. But ok.

    • Courtney Wheeler

      KING OF THE NORTH!!!!! <3

    • Medium Meech

      You heard it here first, the three eyed raven is the lord of light.

      • RhetoricalReverie

        Please explain. I love the theories.

    • I just started watching it. It’s a really gray looking show.

      • CheGueverraWitBlingOn

        You just started watching at this season?

        • yup.

          • Just disconnect from the internet to avoid any (additional) spoilers bro.

          • CheGueverraWitBlingOn

            Wow. You gotta go back my dude. And start from jump.

    • Brooklyn_Bruin

      So much plot movement.

      Little Finger still got a shot at the throne, even though he shot his shot Sansa. #teamBaelish

      Dany is losing her character, same with Arya. Arguably Cersei is also lacking.

      Cartoon heroes and villains are what GRRM has tried to avoid. Tyrion been turned into a good guy.

      What a time to be alive.

      • Jay

        I was into the last episode because I’m super invested but the pacing has been off this season… every episode is either too much or too little plot movement. The last one was like “WOOOOOOAH, slow down”. Also I do feel like things are getting a little predictable and cartoony now.

        P.S. Cercei did 9/11 #staywoke

        • Janelle S

          They’ve got 13-15 episodes left to get all these folks together and killing some White Walkers. Now that they don’t have books to adhere to, they’re hustling.

    • Yup yup! The White wolf all day!

      • CheGueverraWitBlingOn

        K O T N ….

    • Vanity in Peril

      RIP Tommen.

      You were always…um…you were a great….well…

      Bye, nicka.

    • CheGueverraWitBlingOn

      COTT FTW.

      • ChokeOnThisTea

        ??

    • Illumina

      R + L = J FTW

  • she

    Can we do a great sweatpants party instead of all white parties this summer? I think it’ll be a good competition. Us women are looking in grey sweatpants too lol!

    • HoobaStankyLeg

      No ma’am. It’s hot. We should do a tee shirt and panties party. Big oversized t-shirt so all of our bits and pieces can hang out. But we can still be modest.

      • she

        Alright I’m in California we can push it back to a Labor Day great sweatpants party haha

        • HoobaStankyLeg

          Wait, y’all don’t get snow in California do you? I wasn’t going to say let’s wait til the blizzards hit and have the Grey Sweatpants Extravaganza. *The name may get more and more extra if we continue with this theme.

          • brothaskeeper

            Since it’s an Olympic year, you can call your occasion “The Junk-tathalon” and include events like:

            -long hump
            -thigh-kwon-do
            -pole vault (no witty name change required)
            -tongue-fu
            -shot put (out)
            -skeet skeet skeet shooting

            • HoobaStankyLeg

              io;vjfof;viofifdvk;dlvkjid;v? I’ma have security at my funeral just in case you show up.

      • she

        I ain’t tryna be modest though lol

        • HoobaStankyLeg

          I’ll take that. I don’t believe in wearing pants at home. Isareen I hate having company.

      • brothaskeeper

        Somehow I believe that Mrs. BK will veto my attendance. Besides, I put away my Netflix and Chill uni a long time ago.

    • That would be better for the fall.

    • HouseOfBonnets

      Sign me up

      • miss t-lee

        Sign me up twice.
        We gotta have rulers at the door though.

        • HouseOfBonnets

          Besides wash your azz, watch your area and please use condoms lol

          (shrug)

          • miss t-lee

            Hey…I just wanna look…lol

            • HouseOfBonnets

              I mean for the most part I would be doing the same….but I’m assuming liquor and some type of pole would be in the vicinity. I won’t blackout but the courage will be strong lol

              • miss t-lee

                No. No poles. That’s anti sexy.

          • CheGueverraWitBlingOn

            Umm…we gotta give adults these rules?

            • HouseOfBonnets

              Yes, yes we do.

        • Conrad Bess

          But what about the guys that are Bruce Banners that y’all need to get angry to turn into the …ahem…Hulk?

          • miss t-lee

            I mean…there’s no way to tell that at the door.

    • objectification

    • miss t-lee

      This would be perfect for the fall.
      But, I approve.

  • Epsilonicus

    *peaks in, looks around, joins HHH in the corner*

  • I really…I’m just tryna get Michael who attends the 518Black events to notice me…WHO is Kyrie…he’s not real in my life.

  • Ani-Q

    I have never understood black women’s vexation in not being invited to the groupies and jump offs only parties.

    • Quirlygirly

      As a general rule, we really don’t care. But people do not like to feel excluded.

      • Ani-Q

        I suspect as much.

    • Well, lol, let me not cause trouble…

      Nelly out here saying, “Why was they mad at me at my all black groupie party? My career still hasn’t recovered!”

      • Ani-Q

        This happened?

        • Tip Drill

          • Ani-Q

            Oh okay.

            • brothaskeeper

              Had you never watched BET Uncut?

              • Ani-Q

                Apparently not enough. Plus I was never a fan of Nelly.

          • QueenRaven23

            I love that video.
            I know that’s bad. But yea, that’s the “I love strip clubs” me

            • Why is it bad that you love that video? Those women were/are amazing!

  • Brina Payne

    What tickles me is when I see a BM/WW combo out and about and when the BM sees me or another BW, they either:

    1. Walk further away from their WW while giving a “deer in headlights” look or

    2. START to acting overly sweet;

    I chuckle at both actions but I really wish ppl wouldn’t box all BW in a box when it comes to “our emotions” regarding BM/WW.

    I, along with my sistas, could care lesser than less….

    • SANDRA

      Story of my life … in San Francisco. As a black woman from France, I was confused when I came to the bay area and the BM who were dating interracially were acting weird as soon as they saw me. They would get closer to their non-black woman and act overly sweet as soon as they saw me. Some of them were also staring at me.

      • NonyaB

        So silly. If they felt they weren’t doing anything wrong, then why the staring?

        • SANDRA

          Exactly, I don’t understand their need to show off their non-black partner when most of them were average looking or even ugly.

          • Lol black men who try to hype up their ugly white SO are the funniest to me, I swear!

    • Kas

      Some black women can be quite rude about bm with ww.

      • Epsilonicus

        Mmhmm

      • AnswerMe

        So. And I say that in the nicest way possible. We aren’t all the same.

        • Kas

          I agree with you.

          • AnswerMe

            I actually try to either look as happy or emotionless as possible when I see this. So here I am cheesing for no d a m n reason or averting my eyes just not to be mistaken for one of those angry Black women. The hoops we jump through…

            • Kas

              Sounds like my dilemma when it comes to tipping at restaurants. We all have our crosses to bare.

              • I used to be a waiter, and nah I never got mad at black people or others for that matter. I always got irritated at black folks who were openly proud about not tipping though.

                • Kas

                  That is some very Waco thinking.

                • AnswerMe

                  Refuse to dine out with someone like that.

              • AnswerMe

                Ahh. Was told or read somewhere that Black women are assumed to be the worst tippers.

                • QueenRaven23

                  I used to work in the industry and my degrees (that I don’t use) are in hospitality. It’s a sad issue, because I’ve had coworkers not want to serve our black patrons.

            • RhetoricalReverie

              THIS! I’m legit annoyed that I have to go out of my way to let them know I’m not pressed. I just want to scream “Stop looking at me, I don’t care!”.

              • AnswerMe

                Say it.

        • Ehh, this needs to be applied on a universal basis as far as black people are concerned lol. We always like to claim something is representative of us when it’s positive, and then claim individuality and claim differences when we deem something is negative.

          Positive – Beyonce;
          Negative – Stacey Dash;

          We’re either all unique or all similar. It would reduce a lot of pointless conversations about what “A Real Black (Fill the blank) is” as well.

          • AnswerMe

            All humans do this, I think. I don’t understand the positive being Beyonce and I suppose the negative is that Stacey makes a lot of comments about being Black or what Black people do that many find offensive?

      • Epsilonicus

        In the shop, woman was on the phone talking about a dude who left her for a “dirty a$$ white bytch”. She was going off. We had to tell her to chill because it was kids in the shop

    • Medium Meech

      Mean while, black women with white men look at you like you did something wrong, like “if you and your kind weren’t so ain’t sh*t then we wouldn’t be having this moment, now would we?”

      • QueenRaven23

        Some feel that way. Comparing how white men treat their women compared to black men, lusting after other couples, etc. While I don’t date exclusively outside my race, I’ve done it more times than not, and my heartaches know no color.

        Sidenote: I did have a white guy tell me that he doesn’t date white girls because they don’t keep their house clean. The quickest date ever!

    • NonyaB

      So funny. If they felt they weren’t doing anything wrong, then why act up? Especially for some person they don’t know! If I’m out my date (of any colour), I don’t really care about some strangers’ reactions.

  • HouseOfBonnets

    Before I take my seat for the festivities that is the comments section: Will we have a BET awards recap because Alicia and desiigner must be discussed, take your time just know we’re waiting :)

    Now on to young Kyrie:

    Given his past boos are we really surprised? I mean he was the 73 to kehlahi’s 35 percent this past February.

    “So basically his entire post-championship week was an extended Snapchat thirst trap?” On behalf of the eggplant Friday coalition thanks for noticing!

    Like I said yesterday you can date your race without downing your race, if Gretchen is bae you don’t have to bring up the personal issues you have against Kenya in 3rd grade that used you for your pineapple now and laters. I looked at the situation like this even if he did pull the no black women allowed on the snow bunny yacht it’s no sweat off my back because if his other baby mama is any indication he’s gonna learn sooner or later about these all star beckys….hope he keeping the prenup ready.

  • ChokeOnThisTea

    *looks at title*

    *heads back to Ask Aggie while patiently waiting on a BET Awards show recap*

    • HoobaStankyLeg

      Sitting here waiting for the recap which led to the dragging that basically was just a long time coming. I’m still not sorry either.

      • HouseOfBonnets

        Oh the JT slander still has me cackiling.

        • HoobaStankyLeg

          I’ve already confessed my sins on the alter of VSB. I probably shouldn’t hate that young man the way I do. I just have hated him since his inception. So imagine my surprise when he was on Twitter speaking out of turn. I politely let everyone know I have an unhealthy hatred. And proceeded to drag. I dragged him, his music, and anyone who defended him. I feel bad for the people who didn’t know I had it in me. Yet here we are.

        • Enatiomer

          Listen ain’t no one forget about nipple gate or that he made a Prince diss track. The Prince slander alone been enough to seal my hate.

    • HouseOfBonnets

      Same because there are other items to discuss.

    • Brooklyn_Bruin

      Still waiting for little finger carcetti to drop a think piece

    • JennyJazzhands

      Are we also not going to discuss Kanye’s latest video. I would love to hear y’all opinions.

      • ChokeOnThisTea

        -________ –

        That’s my opinion. Ye should leave the cheap theatrical stunts up to the groupie he married.

        • I think it’s disgusting to make a likeness of a woman who was abused by her ex and the likeness of said ex in bed with one another and call it “art”

          What if someone put the likeness of North West in bed with notable pedophiles and call it “art”?

          • ChokeOnThisTea

            You just dropped a word, Ruby!!!

            He and Kim are so desperate for attention, they don’t care who they sacrifice in the process to get it. I refuse to offer up anymore “thought” on such a thoughtless publicity stunt.

            • He’s not an artist for those reasons to me. I hate that people can do whatever and say “art”

              • ChokeOnThisTea

                Girl. I don’t even respect his “manhood,” let alone his “artistry.” ?

      • AnswerMe

        I’d like to read what people think because I don’t get it, though I haven’t tried to.

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