Remember "Oh no, I know a dirty word" from Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit"? I kept thinking of that while reading through the latest faux rage over Morgan Wallen. He's a country music star who was hanging out with his friends. He and they are White. It was goodbye and goodnight and Morgan calls one of his friends the n-word. Let me go to Ann's "Adele" because she said it best last week:
There was an issue that Beth addressed regarding whether Morgan Wallen wasn't getting the credit he deserved in Kat's "2021 in music" She went with sources -- and linked to one -- that were saying it was Adele who had the best selling album. Apparently it was Morgan.
This was not an attempt to deny Morgan. This community didn't give a damn about the manufactured incident that had him being attacked publicly.
I'm African-American. Morgan was not screaming in anger at somebody the N-word. He was talking to a friend of his and saying goodnight.
Sadly, in my community, too many people do that. I odn't. But we send a message and Morgan picked up on it. He wasn't trying to be racist, he was trying to be ool.
I took no offense and I still don't. I don't see him as racist now and didn't then.
If he had the highest selling album, more power to him. Congratulations to him. But Adele made my favorite album of the year (followed by Chase Rice's The Album).
I didn't take offense to it. I thought it was nonsense. I wished Morgan wasn't using the word. I wish no one would use the word -- that would destroy half of all rap songs, though.
I didn't see it as racist.
In 2002, I heard a White man use it and it was racist. Let an African-American explain the difference to you. It was a Superbowl party in an apartment. My girlfriend at the time and I were there because it was her brother's football party. It was a wide mix of people but probably 46% were Anglo White. This includes Baby Cracker, as I dubbed him when I first clocked him. I said, "Oh, he's going to be trouble." Casper was whiter than White. He might have had some albino genes in him. White hair. About 22. Fidgety -- was he a Tweeker?
At any rate, several beers into the evening, he had a freak out as I had told everyone he would.
He got into a pushing fight which escalated and he started screaming, "F**k you, you N-s!"
He was quickly lifted by his elbows and dropped outside on the parking lot.
But, boys and girls, that is racism, when someone's screaming at you with hate. Or even whispering hate.
Morgan wasn't doing hate. He was using a word no one should use. But he meant no harm. I also happen to believe that what my girlfriend and I say to one another -- even in our driveway -- is not anyone else's business. I'm not a TMZ fan.
But Morgan used a word. And people tried to destroy him for it. His fans stuck with him and probably felt like I did (a) this was a private issue and (b) no hate or ill will was intended.
While his fans stayed with him, radio tried to destroy him.
It didn't work. He was and is very popular and good for him.
But now AP is reporting on some busybodies who are up in arms because The Grand Old Opry put him onstage last Saturday. Yes, they put the man with the best selling album of last year on stage.
I read over the list of who isn't who and who will never be anyone and thought, "Bitch, please."
That especially goes for Holly G who clearly wants to ride her race to fame -- as she does nothing for lesbians. Bitch, please.
Here's reality for all the little nothings biting at Morgan's ankles.
1) Elvis Costello has coasted through "Oliver's Army" in which he uses the term "white N" and that's actually Elvis' biggest charting single in the UK. He's now, all these years later, asking radio to stop plying this 1979 song. All this time later. It's the same Elvis who got punched by that woman for using the N-word (her name's Bonnie and she played Bonnie on ROSEANNE).
Did Holly G not ever notice that? Or has she missed the multitudes of hatred spewed by Axl Rose?
2) Tarantino can't get through a film without repeatedly using the n-word. Is Holly G going to tackle that?
Or do we just get upset when someone uses the term in private thinking it's an endearment to a friend?
Again, I don't use the term. I won't. I grew up in smarter times. But a lot of African-Americans do. And if we're using this word and we're making it 'cool,' we have to grasp that others are going to want to use it too.
I have no problem with Morgan Wallen. I'm glad that The Opry put him onstage. This nonsense has gone on enough.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"
A petition to strip former British prime minister Tony Blair of his knighthood due to his role in the Iraq War has gained more than 1 million signatures and the backing of at least one Labour MP.
The petition, posted on Change.org a week ago, accuses Blair of causing “irreparable damage to both the constitution of the United Kingdom and to the very fabric of the nation’s society.”
Blair “was personally responsible for causing the death of countless innocent, civilian lives and servicemen in various conflicts,” the petition claims. “For this alone he should be held accountable for war crimes. Tony Blair is the least deserving person of any public honor, particularly anything awarded by Her Majesty the Queen.”
On January 1, Buckingham Palace announced that Blair had been made a Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, the oldest and most senior British order of chivalry. The knighthood given to Blair, who served as prime minister from 1997 to 2007, was decided by the queen and made without government advice.
In the statement, the embassy highlighted the role and significance of the parliament, calling it an integral and inseparable component of Iraq’s democratic process and its national sovereignty.
Several roadside bomb attacks have targeted convoys carrying logistical equipment belonging to the US military south of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad and in the country’s southern province of Muthanna, amid strong public opposition to the prolonged presence of American occupation forces on Iraqi soil.
Sabereen News, a Telegram news channel associated with Iraqi anti-terror Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) or Hashd al-Sha’abi, reported that an explosion hit trucks belonging to US forces in Baghdad’s southern Hur Rajab area at 7:30 a.m. local time (04:30 GMT) on Tuesday.
There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.
Shortly afterward, a bomb attack targeted a logistics convoy of US forces in the town of Adwaniyah.