I can’t recall the first time I heard the term “basic bitch,” but when I heard it, I knew it wasn’t a term I would want applied to me. Because in the words of Queen Latifah, “Who you callin’ a bitch?”
According to Urban Dictionary, your go to source for every slang term out there, a basic bitch is “a bum-ass woman who think she the shit but really ain’t.”
Well that was enlightening.
The term has been used in everything from hip-hop songs to popular memes. But apparently it has now reached “think piece” status. Sort of like the twerking phenomenon.
In a recent article for The Cut, a writer actually felt the need delve into who’s actually a basic bitch. Well folks, the term basic bitch has officially crossed over:
She exists in contrast to the Bad Bitch, the Boss Bitch, and the Dope Bitch. But who is she, really? The Basic Bitch has long been an ambiguous figure. Only recently has a clear definition of the Basic Bitch seemed to crystallize in the popular imagination. Last week, the success of a popular College Humor video relied on viewers’ recognition of the Basic Bitch as a distinct type: a terminally boring Sex and the City viewer and consumer of pumpkin-spice lattes.
The College Humor video that she speaks of, is quite interesting:
So people are really trying to make this basic bitch thing, a thing. Even on Jezebel, a writer also waxed poetic about it, and wondered, if white people have now taken over the word:
The term “basic bitch” started to become commonplace in hip hop about 5 years ago; a short while later, Kreayshawn caught wind of it and then she was followed by other white people — the kind of white people who say stuff like “I’m sooooo basic right now” as they order at Starbucks…or the kind of white people who write for Jezebel and fall into a state of crisis as they consider their own basic-ness while drinking a smoothie on a gentrified New York street corner.
The whole thing leads us to an important philosophical question: First, what happened to Kreashawn? But more importantly, does white people’s embrace of the insult “basic” make “basic” basic in and of itself? If a basic bitch falls in the woods, does she make a sound?
She does, as it turns out. It goes a little something like, “I can’t even.” As for the bigger quandary at hand, yes, basic has become basic. Basic is as basic does. Pat Boone yourself on the back, whitey! You’ve claimed another thing, watered it down and made it dumb. How very basic of you.
Well white people, if you want to claim the term basic bitch, by all means knock yourself out. We, the Blacks, don’t need it, or want it.
Good luck with that.