Munroe Bergdorf vs Piers Morgan

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Ever since Munroe Bergdorf got pulled out of her L’Oreal contract due to an out-of-context status about the structure of racism, she has received a lot of heat for it. I mean, she states that racism exists and people attack her by telling her to go back to the jungle. It’s like calling someone a murderer and that person comes and provides the evidence to their own crime.

So because of it becoming viral, Bergdorf was given an opportunity to explain her out-of-context Facebook post on Good Morning Britain. Hosted by Susanna Reid and Charlotte Hawkins, it seems that Piers Morgan however, thinks that it is HIS show by “challenging” Bergdorf and speaking over everyone on the panel. It was so infuriating to watch but let me help reiterate Bergdorf’s points.

Her status ran like so:

                  “I don’t have the energy to talk about the racial violence of white people. Most of you refuse to acknowledge your existence, privilege and success as a racist build on the backs, blood and death of people of colour

The first question they then asked was “Do you think ALL white people are racist?”. If you have no idea of the history of, well majority of countries, it would make sense to ask this question as a reply. You automatically criminalise her by making it a personal attack to your whiteness rather than seeing its truth. You cannot say that the foundation of places like Britain and the US was not built on the “backs, blood and death of people of colour”. Go through any history books and it’ll tell you otherwise right there and then.

To ask if racism was created by white people? well that’s also an uncomfortable truth also because no other race dominated the world by enforcing standard of living and human value. Read up on colonialism and imperialism if you’re still confused. Bergdorf tried to clear it up by saying how she’s mainly talking about how people are socialised when it comes to race, as well as how the structure of racism exists where white people lead and the rest follow below; and that’s when Piers Morgan decides to open his ignorant mouth. An attempt at intellectual, verbal heroism without any actual intellect is how I saw it.

Bergdorf understands that not “all” white people are racist, but just because you don’t say racist things doesn’t mean you’re actually an ally. She urges the activism in dismantling racism, so for white people who have all these privileges, they must use that super power well by speaking out and actively take a role in calling it out. If you don’t, then you’re still part of the problem.

I’m a white, straight, male guy, so basically I’m enemy number one“- PM

I’m not even going to further comment on “male guy” but already you can tell that his argument is not based on any evidence but a little tear to his white, straight, male pride.

It’s not about you though“- Bergdorf and everyone else who truly understands the injustice within society.

 

For a platform to allow someone to voice their point, I’m confused on why Piers Morgan then starts to silence her by continuously talking over her. He says he’s not sexist but if this was a literature class, this would be a perfect moment to point this out as a metaphor FOR SEXISM!!!!!

You are calling all straight, white guys like me a serious offensive, stereotypical labels I find very offensive” – Yes, PM, Again.

I’m just amazed that he was so offended. Who would’ve thought that being called a racist was more offensive than actually experiencing racism. I felt really bad that Bergdorf called him that. Bergdorf may have experienced racist, sexist and transphobic comments, but what are they next to the fragility of straight, white pride?

He then moves on to saying that her comments will cause a divide as if there isn’t one in the first place. Does he think that we as a society all live in unison? I mean, I would so agree but till my ethnicity is not vital information during a job application, then please leave that at the door. Piers Morgan tries to play this brutal honesty who speaks the mind of the public, but in this case he only speaks the mind of those who share similar qualities to alley-ways. You are part of the problem Mr. Morgan, there’s no doubt about it. Till you understand you racial position within society and start using its benefits to help those who don’t share that benefit, rather than silence them, I’m sorry, but again, you are part of the problem.

His denial and constant interruption has now become a clear metaphor for oppression. Oppression within sexism, racism and any other isms and schisms that exist. He even tries to undermine Bergdorf’s knowledge by challenging her to define what “patriarchy” is and pretending that it doesn’t exist. Like, how can he not see that by undermining her knowledge he proves that IT DOES EXIST. “the top 5 most successful people in Britain are women”, ye just because people are no longer slaves doesn’t mean that racism is over.

I could go on to describe how this whole interview frustrates me and how mentality shared with the likes Piers Morgan will never allow us as a society of move forward. He refuses to admit that racism is a structure that white people benefit from. He believes that just because racist comments aren’t said out loud it must mean that it doesn’t exist. I don’t know what world he lives but it must be a nice place to live in.

Here are the things you need to take from Bergdorf. RACISM and for all the white people out there, know that your skin colour puts you above majority of people who don’t have the same skin colour as you. It is a superpower in a way, so please use it well. Know your privilege can create an impact within society. So instead of being offended by the truth, try using it so we all end up having the same sort of privilege. We know that not ALL white people are racist, but if you’re not helping dismantle it, I’m sorry, but you are the man who stands and watches a murder and does nothing about it. Don’t be that person, it’s so not cool. Don’t try to justify it by coming up with ridiculous comparisons like Mr. Morgan did because deep down, we know it’s true. Everyone likes to be the hero not the criminal, so don’t deny your position, embrace it and use it to help others along the way.

 

Watch the video here if you want Piers Morgan to annoy you.

 

 

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What I learned about women during my travels

 

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It’s not often that I go travelling. Actually scratch that, I’ve never been travelling ever! not even a holiday with the ‘lads’. But thankfully, I have managed to push myself to save and got myself a month ticket to travel three countries [Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong], which isn’t much I know, but for me, that’s a blessing!

During my travels, I noticed things about these countries. Although completely different, they did share certain qualities.

As a black man, I’ve only slowly started to learn to love the skin I am in. It’s hard when I was raised around a majority of white people. It wasn’t till I moved to East London that I learnt to embrace my skin.

In these Asian countries on the other-hand, it reminded me of the shame of a dark skin. There were multiple advertisements on skin bleaching. Everywhere you look there was bound to be a billboard that associated ‘white’ with ‘beauty’. It didn’t shake me of my self-love, it just made me sad how some people are made to hate their own skin. You even see some girls using foundation ridiculous shades lighter than their natural skin. This then reiterated the power of consumption and their constant feed on insecurities.

There was also a warped idea on the “ideal woman”. The usual of course, skinny, light skin, not superior to their male counterparts in every way possible, it even went as far as to dictate the shape of your eyes. With these expectations of women, it proved how powerful the patriarchy is. Not to be superficial, but the men asserting these ideas weren’t even great lookers themselves so I couldn’t understand how women had to conform to standards of beauty, but men didn’t have to.. so much anyways.

The expectations were so strong that it even lead women to judge other women. There women who classed themselves to be modest judging women who dared to wear dresses that showed too much leg, shoulders and cleavage. I mean, you got the same thing she does.

It was bizarre though, whilst in Malaysia, I visited a temple dedicated to Aditi, the mother of all Gods. So I couldn’t understand how one of the most powerful Gods was a woman yet they viewed women as an inferior breed. I couldn’t understand how mothers and grandmothers should be respected with their maternal titles but as women, it meant nothing. Men had access to women in ways that even women themselves don’t.

With all this happening, I came to a conclusion about women, in specific women of colour. They are the strongest beings on the planet. They have managed to survive in a sphere where they aren’t considered equal. They have managed find opportunities for themselves where even without a voice they have existed under the radar. There were multiple times where I saw women doing male-dominated roles. I know it’s not as much of a big deal in the west, but here are women who were working in construction with no helmets. There were women cutting grass in fields 5 times the size of a rugby pitch with just a strimmer brush cutter. There were older women hoarding out heavy equipment to unblock sewers with just a t-shirt and sandals. I have never appreciated the work-ethics and perseverance of womanhood more till now.

The patriarchy exist, no matter what Piers Morgan says. But no matter how strong it impacts a society, it does not beat the strength of womanhood.

Stupid Patriarchal Definition of Beauty

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After a long day,  I get home, log on to Facebook and the first thing I read is “27 Attractive Girls Who Became Ugly Freaks Because of Feminism” and already I’m rolling my eyes so far back that I’m pretty sure I saw the Pankhurst sisters deeply exhaling towards the ignorance.

Apparently, according to blog writer Roosh Valizadeh, feminism has supposedly ruined the structures of beauty and for some reason thinks that he holds the almighty power to define what beauty is. Now, I’m not sure if this is one of those I-write-stupid-blogs-to-seem-controversial-and-interesting or it’s genuinely a man with THE most acute way of thinking, either way this man has some serious mama issues.

So as an male feminist, I would do my role to part take in this conversation by redoing his blog in a direction that’s, shall we say, morally correct. I won’t touch on all 27 women, but I’m gonna give a general reply so he and all the other men with easily,tarnished pride can see that no one, and I mean no one, cares about how you want your women. You get what you get and if you have an issue, enjoy the right hand buddy.

New Title: Women Who Stuck it to Patriarchy With Their BS Ideologies of Beauty.

1)

This here is Leigh Alexander. She was one of the women who received harassment during the Gamergate Controversy. Apparently women in the gaming industry didn’t deserve similar respect as the men and in her criticism she saw the controversy as “the terroristic dominance of traditional appetites in what should be a diverse and creative field“. Her roundabout argument was to open gaming up to better represent women and minorities within the gaming industry. Are we really gonna judge her looks when she just dropped the mic like a BAWSS?

2)

For some reason Mr. Roosh has an issue with women with shaved heads. Let’s just say for the record, no one cares about how you grow your beard, or how long your hair is, then why do you think we would care about your opinions on how these women have theirs? Does it make you uncomfortable because you’re confused about your sexuality when you look at them? Did the whole, boys-have-short- hair and girls-have-long-hair just stumped the sexuality out of you? hm? Here’s a little tip, THEIR HAIR! THEIR BUSINESS!!!

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He then went on to attack this woman here because:

a) armpit hairs

b) tattoos

Then somehow linked it to Sigmund Freud’s Penis Envy theory. Well, someone must have been put on the bottle sooner than he thought. The notion of feminism is for women to be in control of their body, to let themselves be in touch with the naturalness of femininity. I’m sure there was a time where women just grew their business without any criticism. Then as time went on, for some reason men then started imposing this idea that body hair on women are just nasty and for generations we have let our women believe this. Well, it may be something different to what we’re use to, but this is a woman’s natural state, she also bleeds once a month, but hey! Who cares right? Just let her body do it’s thaing; and as for the tattoo, I will say the forehead thing is a bit much, but it’s her decision at the end of the day, so follow my lead Mr.Roosh and just shushh.

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Now on to the slut shaming. Don’t be misled by the title, it was obviously chosen to be ironic. The poem itself explores the title set upon women who are sexually active. God forbid a woman sleeps with more than one man by choice but lets all fist bump and high 5 the guy who intimidated a girl into sex. No biggy! Here is where I sprinkle some Lil Kim lyrics to get your mind thinking:

Here’s something I just can’t understand/ If a guy have three girls than he’s the man/ He can even give her some head, then sex her raw/ If a girl do the same than she’s a whore.- Christian Aguilera ft Lil Kim: Can’t Hold Us Down

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Now what comes after slut shaming? Oh of course, Body Shaming. *slow claps for the cliché*. Honestly, are we still at that point where we pretend no one has cellulite anymore? To all the women who wanna be thick-thighed, you beautiful girl, same with you girls who have good metabolism. Calvin Harris has made a song confessing his love for all The Girls and their differences; and if it’s coming from someone like him, do we really care for the irrelevant opinion of Mr. Roosh?

I’ll leave my list there. My point is, no man can tell a woman, or anyone for that matter, how they should present themselves. If you a woman who wanna represent the shaved head look, then go for it. If you a man who wanna slay in them heels, DO IT MAMA! No one here should be telling the other how they should be dressing (unless it’s your mother on a Sunday morning), so Mr. Roosh, thanks for the “Ugly Freaks” label, but conventional beauty was so pre-Madonna.