It was while watching Episode 3 of Season 2 that I began to realize that Kaldrick King, played with remarkable focus and depth by the phenomenally talented Andra Fuller, was quite simply the most complex and truly human black homosexual male character ever on television.
Kal throws a party, hiding his pain and anguish in plain sight, when Infinite Jest, a young upstart rapper played by Steven James, challenges his throne. The rap battle between the two men provided the show with the opportunity to underline the fact that Kaldrick King is a performance, a ferocious character that is suffocating the real man even as it is quite literally the only thing he has left. It’s no surprise it takes him a second to drop the pose long enough to stop the beat down of Infinite Jest. Moving in and out of Kaldrick King is just getting harder and harder to do.
Anyone who knows me knows I can’t stand Justin Timberlake. He’s the 21st century Elvis. He steals outright and then gets indignant if you notice. And Black folks seem to love him unconditionally, which hurts my heart.
This video is the latest instance of Timberlake’s disgusting White entitlement. But this “joke” comes off mean-spirited and not at all funny.
Do you get to “joke” about it when you couldn’t wait to apologize and leave Janet flailing in the winds of public opinion? Or is it that you get to “joke” about it because you did what you were “supposed” to do and be a good little boy?
I mean, let’s not forget that Janet played hook chick to him (her first fuckin mistake…of all the people to be hook chick for). And that’s how he does her?
And now he has the audacity to “joke” about it?!???!!
This “joke” is in extremely poor taste. The “wardrobe malfunction” had real consequences for everyone, except Justin. Janet’s career has never really recovered. And the FCC has been more involved in television broadcasting than it has been in decades. The response was one of the most prominent examples of how race and gender work in concert to rob black women of their humanity and the benefit of the doubt.
I mean, he rips of her bodice and she’s the vixen?
I just don’t know what’s worse. The joke or the fact that he’s doing it by yet again ripping off Black music.
After deserting Janet, ripping off her brother for Justified, ripping off Prince and Robbie Williams’ swagger for FutureSex/LoveSound, and then making fun of Prince on the Golden Globes…there seems to be no end to how much Justin is feelin himself and how little regard he has for the people and the music that has made him a superstar.
I don’t need the reverence that Usher and Ne-Yo and nem give, but at least acknowledge that you walk in forms you didn’t create. Acknowledge that your popularity has as much to do with you being White as it does with your talent. Stop frontin like the shit is new just because you are singing it. Stop fronting like we don’t all know that most of what works in your music has more to do with Tim and Pharrell, than anything that you bring to the table. A little humility goes a long way.
I didn’t think I could possibly loathe the little poseur any more than I did before.