Everyone has been making a huge deal out of banning the word “bossy”. But R&B singer, Kelis, who had a hit song by the same title, doesn’t think “bossy” is a feminist issue.
Let’s first take a look at the 2006 video for “Bossy”:
In a recent interview with the NY Times, Kelis gave her opinion of the word:
You had a hit song with “Bossy” in 2006. Recently, Sheryl Sandberg started a campaign to ban the word. Do you think that word is bad for girls? Bossy? Give me a break. Obviously there are a lot more sensitive words that I can think of that I’ve been called. Bossy, to me, is not one of them. But to each his own.
You collaborated with Too $hort on that song, and he’s not exactly a feminist. Have you gotten pushback from women’s groups? Never ever, like literally never. I don’t make campaigns; I just say what I say. I believe it, I live it and no one’s ever had the gall to approach me with something so ridiculous.
Just in case you were wondering, Kelis is an actual boss. She actually runs her company, Feast.