Just weeks after Kanye West released his “Ode to Kim Kardashian” a song titled, “Perfect Bitch”, and subsequently caught a lot of flack for it. Last night Kanye turned to his millions of Twitter followers to “talk it out”.  In a stream of tweets, Kanye questioned his own use of the word “bitch” and attempted to compare it to using the “N” word as a term of endearment.

He questions whether the words now have a “neutral” effect, depending on who uses them.

Let’s test out his theory with a few scenarios:

Kanye in a convo with Kim K

Kanye: Kim, you’re the perfect bitch.

Kanye: Aww ‘ye, you’re so sweet.

Random guy on the street harassing a woman who refuses to give him her attention:

Random guy: Yo, bitch. You hear me talking to you!

Random woman’s response: *sucks teeth* *rolls eyes* *walks faster*

Kanye in a convo  with Jay-Z

Kanye: Yo, Jay, you know you’ll always be my nigga

Jay Z:  Ha, ha!

Two white men standing in the bathroom stalls at the RNC last week:

White Guy #1: Did you see that n*gger camera woman, they got her good!

White Guy #2: Take that you post-racial n*gger!

People always want to rationalize the use of the “n” word and differentiate between it having the hard “er” or “a” at the end of it.  Growing up, I was taught to never use either, and I never have.

Apparently now, there’s a rationalizing of the word bitch. It’s all fun and games until either of those words are used in an offensive matter, so why use them at all?  Each of those words have such a negative connotation and origin that will never diminish. I’m not sure what woman, besides Kim Kardashian, would feel that it’s ok for anyone to refer to her as bitch. Man, woman, gay or straight, it doesn’t matter who says it, it has never been considered a term of endearment and never will be. It’s demeaning and disgusting, no matter how “nice” you try to make it.

So Kanye, to answer your question. No, be it a bad bitch or a perfect bitch, no woman wants to be referred to as one. Next time you feel the need to call a woman a bitch, just ask yourself a simple question, “What Would Donda Do?”. And for you women out there, who thinks it’s cute when your “man” refers to you as one, or when you refer to yourself as one, stop condoning it and perpetuating the use of it, you’re making the rest of us look bad.


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  • LaNubiana

    What’s wrong with this guy?

    I used to be a huge fan. His music had meaning and inspired me back then. He has been slowly losing it since hanging out with Jay Z and now his dating that one white woman SMDH.

    From Jesus walks to runaway :(

  • roman

    yo. i actually think these stream of comments (and the framing of the article) are more concerning than kanye’s thought process. why are black people so quick to pathologize each other? as the poet saul williams has pointed out the word nigger/nigga/niger has a long life — one that has spanned meaning from rock to god. he wrote a whole poem call NGH WHT? (in The Dead MC Scrolls) that is 33 something chapters — with the poem even produced as an album with the accompaniment of a symphony — considering the potency and complexity of its usage that goes far beyond the “its internalized negative image” arguments that are forwarded as “conscious.” real talk, being a “conscious” black person shouldn’t be about pathologizing other black folk, i.e “they need help.” 1. we need to get beyond the positive/negative dualism and have some more creativity, ingenuity, reflection, intensity and purpose to our thought process — also lets historicize, politicize and think about the larger structures which inform black life, black culture, black expression (lets look at the long long history that pits and produces black folks against one another as — the negative against positive, the proper vs. the improper, the classed vs. the classless black folks — scholars such as Grace Hong (The Ruptures of American Capital — in her reading of black “excess” as funk) and Roderick Ferguson (“Of Our Normative Strivings” and Aberrations in Black) write about the violence of producing “normative” and “proper” blackness) 2. i actually think kanye is onto something about nigga and bitch being “potent” rather than positive and negative… i’m just sayin ya’ll

  • Shepherd

    I’m a bit disappointed that the comments section seems more concerned with speculating on Kanye’s mental condition than having a discussion about the word b*tch and it’s use. Recently my cousin (in his 20’s) called his sister (not yet 10) a b*tch because she refused to go to bed. I had to pull him up on that, but I can’t deny, it’s just become too common. It’s almost like the shorthand for girl or woman and I’m not ready to accept that as normal.

  • hmmmmm

    I removed myself from this slippery – and not always open, honest, and sincere – conversation a long time ago never to return. But the fact that a 30 plus year old man, in trying to act profound, is now only asking himself these questions despite all of the conversation in the world around him shows once again that the word “genius” was incorrectly applied to another dodo.

  • Axumawit

    I mean I’m not American but I visit often for school related work. I do listen to rap and I always thought that the use of those two words were more offensive than terms of endearment. It’s just not normal to use such disparaging words where I live. How did the African American culture or the rap/hip hop culture came to be? I always wondered.