Too Short, in XXL Column, Gives Boys Advice To Turn Girls Out …

3GM February 14, 2012 2

Really y’all!?

Hip Hop magazine XXL came up with the genius idea to give 45-year-old rapper, Todd Anthony Shaw aka Too Short an advice column for young boys.

Todd Anthony Shaw aka Too Short

Keep in mind that Too Short is known for his sexually explicit rhymes in songs like “Freaky Tales.” The rapper was arrested for assault in 2010 after an altercation related to his alleged attempt to bring underage girls backstage into his dressing room at a performance.

 

Vanessa Satten, the editor-in-chief of XXL

Vanessa Satten, the editor-in-chief of XXL really hit it out of the park  with this one but it gets worse.

Too Short took no time to get down and dirty by teaching   a process of “mind manipulation. The video has since been removed.While upbeat, child-themed music plays in the background. Too Short  directed women off camera to “cover their ears” to avoid being offended. Short then describes a scenario in graphic detail. “You push her up against the wall,” he continued. “You take your finger and put a little spit on it and you stick your finger in her underwear and you rub it on there and watch what happens.”

Too “When you get to late middle school, early high school and you start feeling a certain way about the girls… I’m gonna tell you a couple tricks,” Too Short said in the video. “A lot of the boys are going to be running around trying to get kisses from the girls… We’re going way past that. I’m taking you to the hole.”

Then, the 45-year-old rapper, whose real name is Todd Anthony Shaw, asks women off camera to “cover their ears” to avoid being offended. Short then describes a scenario in graphic detail. “You push her up against the wall,” he continued. “You take your finger and put a little spit on it and you stick your finger in her underwear and you rub it on there and watch what happens.”

Charing Ball, cultural critic and writer for The Root, questions why Too Short was given a platform for “giving fatherly advice” in the first place — particularly by a white female editor. “That is like Essence magazine hiring Don Imus to give black women hair care advice, or Rick Santorum being invited to an LGBT rights organization luncheon to speak about marriage equality,” she told theGrio.

Apparently, others felt equally outraged by the video and a petition calling for the ousting of XXL’s editor Vanessa Satten recently sprang up.

3GM wonders along with Charing Ball, cultural critic and writer for The Root, why Too Short was given a platform for “giving fatherly advice” in the first place — particularly by a white female editor. “That is like Essence magazine hiring Don Imus to give black women hair care advice, or Rick Santorum being invited to an LGBT rights organization luncheon to speak about marriage equality,”

Since the video came under fire, both Too Short and XXL editor Vanessa Satten have apologized.

“I want to apologize to anyone I may have offended with the XXL video interview I recently did,” Too Short stated. “When I got on camera I was in Too $hort mode and had a lapse of judgement.I would never advise a child or young man to do these things, it’s not how I get down. Although I have made my career on dirty raps, I have worked over the years to somewhat balance the content of my music with giving back to the community.”

Satten, XXL’s Editor-in-Chief, also apologized for the video’s release. “There has been some recent controversy surrounding a video interview with Too $hort that posted on XXLMag.com last week,” she said in a statement posted on the magazine’s website.

“Many readers found the tone and content of the interview to be offensive and were angered that it was allowed to post on the website,” Satten said. “I agree with their perspective. I do not see all content before it goes live. When I saw this video, I was truly offended and thought it crossed the line. I had it taken down immediately. I am disappointed that an employee decided to post it and I am putting internal procedures in place to make sure content like this does not go on the site. The video goes against my value system and represents poor judgment on behalf of the individual who posted it.”

It’s a mans world, and  nowhere is this more evident than in the world of Hip Hop.

2 Comments »

  1. Lee February 17, 2012 at 8:36 pm - Reply

    This should not have happened. An editor’s job is to catch these sort of things. Unfortunately this is something that is usually swept under the rug in the black community but I think is something we should start facing. Too Short, rappers of his ilk and the little half wits that are running around the hood causing mayhem who worship these people have serious mental issues. I mean you can just look at these guys and see there’s something wrong with them.

  2. 3GM February 23, 2012 at 9:24 am - Reply

    Thanks for your response. We definitely need to raise our collective consciousness.

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