Ciara may think her ex-boyfriend Future has unmercifully drug her name through the mud, but she’s doing a pretty good job of tarnishing her own image from where I stand. That’s if she’s the type to give a damn about the opinions of Black Americans (which I’d guesstimate make up about 90% of her fan base), but considering her laissez-faire attitude toward both our plight and legacy during a recent appearance, I’d assume her number of f-cks given is somewhere pretty close to zero. Nevertheless, I still have to call her out.
Ciara’s never been any type of activist throughout her career, but I always draw a hard-line between not proactively fighting for a cause and pretending issues you know exist don’t when someone asks for your opinion. Ci Ci pulled the latter stunt when asked what she thought about “her friend” Beyonce’s performance during the Super Bowl on Access Hollywood Live.
After spewing off a bunch of cliché rhetoric about “female empowerment,” co-host Kit Hoover asked Ciara to speak specifically on what statement she thought Beyoncé was making with the Black Panther dancers getting into “Formation” in the shape of an X to honor Malcolm X. This is how she responded:
“It’s funny. I’ll be honest. I’m not aware of all that has been said or is being said because you saying that is new to me so I just saw, again, a great performance. But, you know, she’s a woman that’s very vocal and stands up for what she believes in and I know her to be that so I just support her. So I’ll just leave it at that. (arms flailing) Whatever the other stuff that’s going on in press is, I don’t know about it and I don’t care too much about it, but as long as its good stuff I support her.” (stops flailing arms)
Co-host Billy Bush proved to be more woke than Ciara when he relayed Beyonce’s statement on her performance, explaining how the Black Panther movement was started 50 years ago right in the Bay area. That fact made Ciara change her tune just a tad as she interjected with:
“Well that, well I do of course care about that. It’s incredible. I think it’s great when women, again, just like it’s about ladies first with what I’m dong with Keds, it’s about us women standing up for what we believe in and when you can do that I think it speaks volumes to all the young girls in the world who have dreams and envision things. It’s a great example of how you should stand up for what you believe in so I will say that.”
Oh how kind of her to say that and turn a call for racial justice into a girl power movement. Such a shame Ciara doesn’t want to follow that “great example” of standing up for what one believes in.
I wish I could believe Ciara was as blind to the overtly racially charged message Beyoncé sent in her super Bowl performance — and believe me, the naive baby voice and stuttering over words almost had me — but it’s clear Ciara can now be counted among those new Black radicals who will talk about anything but race to keep the white massas, I mean masses, appeased.
Ciara knows full well what Sunday’s “Formation” was about and I’d wager she’s also far more aware of the backlash that’s ensued as a result, which is why the mere mention of the performance struck the desire to feign ignorance and pretend she doesn’t know about all that other “stuff.” Oh you mean how black men accounted for 40 percent of the unarmed men shot to death by police in 2015? Or is it the other “stuff,” like the hung jury in the first Freddie Gray trial, Cleveland cops getting off for killing 12-year-old Tamir Rice, or the lack of indictment for Texas law enforcement officials involved in the death of Sandra Bland? Those are the issues Beyoncé was making a statement about and that she should have as well when Access Hollywood Live’s co-hosts all but offered up a Black Lives Matter platform on a platter.
But the opportunity was wasted, declined even, because it’s far safer in these Hillary Clinton, pro-feminist times to talk about women standing up for what they believe in than those lowly anti-white, anti-police black people no one really cares about anyway. Heaven forbid food be taken out of Ciara’s son’s mouth if Keds or one of her other endorsers chose to penalize her for forgetting they pay her to be colorblind when she reps their brands. Sadly, what Ciara fails to realize is the threat facing her child as a black boy will far outlast any check she side-steps issues for in the media. So she might want to start paying attention to more “stuff” than what her child’s father has to say about her on Twitter. There are far greater enemies on the horizon than a bitter baby daddy and pretending they don’t exist won’t make them go away.