The current wave of support and continued promotion for the artist known as ‘Honey G’ on the X factor in the UK has prompted me to ask some serious questions and challenge the intentions of the show and indeed those who support it.
"Honey G". a white middle class woman who dresses in 90’s style shell suits and claims to be a rapper. has been elevated to success in an unprecedented manner. An individual that clearly has very little talent has been allowed to cover and completely destroy Hip Hop songs week on week without question. Now you may ask why I find this such an issue? Well yet again we see large corporations through media, manipulating black culture and portraying it as something trashy and of no value, making it almost like a freak show. This is something that continues to happen and has so since Hip Hop, a black invention and art form was conceived, was born out of struggle, out of poverty and desperation, The craft evolved and told stories of life in poor neighbourhoods. Life as a black person living under unacceptable socio-economic situation’s, racism and poverty. A voice that spoke loudly and changed the world.
This voice however at first became perceived as a threat and was banned from the airwaves, then corporations realised that they could use negative aspects of this craft that promote misogyny and violence and the general dumbing down of the black race to make money, a lot of money at that. This has continued for decades and now any decent lyricist will stand very little chance of making it unless he or she is willing to be told hold to dress and act like performing seals.
I believe Honey G takes this one step further in the misappropriating of black culture, mocks and points fun at such a creative craft. It truly is a modern day black and white minstrel show. The most alarming part of all of this is that it is eaten up by the public, it is applauded. This for me reflects a level of cultural ignorance and unprecedented underlying racism within the UK. Now I am sure you will think I am a mad black man or woman writing this and I have an axe to grind, well I am 43 and white so why are you all so bind?
It is time that a cultural commission was put in place to stop this blatant misappropriation of black culture and start having some real black talent showing what real culture is. Let’s educate our children to embrace and celebrate the cultures of others.