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Bob Johnson Wants a Gentleman for His Daughter, but Not Yours

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Is BET founder Bob Johnson being hypocritical by gloating over the fact that his daughter Paige just married a “gentleman” who happens to be white, while at the same time, making his fortune by teaching little black girls to idolize thugs?  That seems to be what author Christelyn Karazin is saying in a recent article. 

Don’t get me wrong, I’m THRILLED for Paige. I just wish that EVERY little black girl was cherished and protected and married off to a “perfect guy for her,” not just the daughters of rich men who are responsible for advocated a lifestyle that grants the exact opposite to “ordinary” black girls.

Does she have a point?  Paige has spent her life riding ponies and living the good life, while her father has created a bed of flowers for her by operating as a slum lord.   Christelyn openly asks, “Did she marry Lil Wayne?  Ludacris? Drake? Common?”

She says that this is the ultimate irony of Johnson’s legacy.  Johnson’s daughter marries a happy-looking white guy named Dudley Payne III, who sells insurance and also plays in amateur golf tournaments.  Isn’t that kind of interesting from the child of a man who taught millions of little black girls how to booty pop after school?  Dudley would never marry any of those women.

This is the ultimate irony. Bob Johnson, co-founder of BET, a vehicle that has single-handedly tarnished the name of black American women all over the world, wants a “gentleman” for his daughter. Funny, because he’s made his fortune convincing black women that thugs, drug dealers, and gold teeth should be the standard of sexiness and allure for us mere-mortal regular black chicks.

The author says that we should always be careful of anyone who advocates a lifestyle for others that he himself is not willing  live.  She also asks whether Jay-Z is going to want Blu Ivy “gallivanting with the progeny of his homeboys?”

She ends the article by saying that, while she is thrilled for Paige, she is disappointed that this family would promote a lifestyle to the masses that they think is not good enough for themselves.   Sounds like prototypical Bob Johnson.

Read the article here.