Now, girls and boys, before I get deep into this rant, let me state unequivocally that I am old (and blessed) and that my viewpoint may be a little rigid for some. Knowing this, however, doesn't change my point of view. To the younger set, both celebrity and those poor as Job's cat, I say..."Put some damn clothes on." And, add to that, from a person who does have a foul mouth..."Clean it up."
What brought this on, you ask? Among other things, last night's BET Awards show. It illustrated perfectly that money doesn't buy class. Someone will be quick to say that the attire reflected the taste of the audience for who they perform. To which I say, B...S..... A man attired in a well-cut suit is a sight to behold. The same for women who take the time to pull the entire outfit together, from head to toe. Excuse me but seeing most of your "girls," your behind, or any other part of your anatomy, leaves me cold. Particularly when appearing in what should be a class act, an awards presentation, and not hanging out in the hood. Two thirds of them don't have a body worth looking at--most of the assets have been enhanced. The tattoos are in the extreme. Actually, "extreme behavior" sums it up nicely.
So just what did we teach these children? How to be outrageous? How to be obnoxious? That bad attitude/attire/speech is good? I am tired of the sluttish looks and behavior. I'm tired of hearing, from people who have absolutely no musical aptitude, of their sexual prowess, the boasting of having children by "baby daddy." I am tired of films whose sole story line is drugs, killing, cheating, and humping. Yet, they wonder why little work, of quality, is available to the Black actor. And, I am absolutely sick of all of the senseless violence--Black on Black crime.
I don't have an answer. I turned BET off, for the most part, long ago. I only tuned in last night to hear Cissy Houston's tribute to Whitney. I shake my head at the youngsters and cringe when they open their mouths.
I'm not ready to go home but a change has to come. Youngsters, your actions influence and shape the opinions of so many. You are building the legacy for the next generation. Be your own person, not one of the pack, and cover it up.
Be Safe. Be Blessed.