Vern’s Venting: Thank You, Joel McHale

Joel McHale, host of E’s “The Soup”

by Lavern Merriweather

Rarely do you have a white male host of some goofy cable show that pokes fun at celebrity gossip and stupid TV antics be the voice of reason. But stranger things have happened.

The other night on E channel’s “The Soup”, comedian Joel McHale who hosts the show mentioned Solange Knowles recent complete and utter moment of ratchetness. He contrasted the attention that story is getting with the amount of attention being paid to the 200 some kidnapped Nigerian girls being held hostage by a psychotic terrorist leader that has boasted on video how many times he and his men have been raping the girls and claiming that they will be forced into marriage. While I hope and pray that isn’t true and that this situation has a positive conclusion, I have to applaud Mr. McHale for his very astute observation.

It seems that the media focusing on the plight of black women in either this country or others depends solely on how moronically we are behaving. They appear to be salivating at the chance to finally find some excuse, no matter how petty, to attack the power couple that is Beyoncé and rapper Jay-Z, who – for the most part – have been a relatively controversy free duo, unlike some people in Hollywierd that seem to welcome happily any opportunity to showcase themselves at their highest level of stupidity.

Sure, the media has tried its damndest to find any reason, regardless of how ridiculous and pointless, to criticize the older Ms. Knowles. However, she wasn’t even involved in the altercation between her husband and his sister-in-law. To his credit, Jay-Z showed a tremendous amount of restraint when Beyoncé’s sister was taking swings at him, something I doubt a lot of grown men would have done, especially ones who are wealthy and being kicked, then spit on.

As for Solange, I have no clue what set her off exactly, but I do feel that her response was tacky and foolish. She was the ultimate in being a hoodrat. And I don’t say that, because I feel that she should care what white people have to say or think about this incident.

Solange Knowles

As Brotha and many a black folk in the blogworld have said previously, obnoxious acts of asinine behavior comes in all races. Plenty of times, we have seen white women on reality TV, and those who are celebrities, act like childish idiots. Yet, the spotlight almost always falls invariably on black women, particularly when the media can point fingers of disgust and say, “See we were right all along. They are just dumb angry bitches itching for a fight.” Don’t forget these are the same folks who, when given a chance to use black women to selectively demonize a black man, will jump right on it.

In 1991, when Clarence Thomas was about to be appointed to the Supreme Court by then President George H. Bush, some allegations came out that he sexually harassed a former employee named Anita Hill. The white female feminist brigade came out to so-called support Ms. Hill in full force, completely oblivious to the fact that they have spent many decades ignoring issues specific to black women. They rushed with the style of a jet pack strapped to their back to hoist Anita upon their shoulders as the poster woman of sexual harassment – I assume – in an effort to bring enlightenment and awareness to what women have to suffer daily in a hostile, sexually oppressive environment.

Flash forward some years later to when one time governor of Arkansas Bill Clinton was elected president. Mr. Clinton, or “Sweet Slick Willie” as I like to call him, was accused by a hotel employee named Paula Jones of sexual harassment. She claims that Clinton propositioned her by exposing himself and demanding sexual favors. As to be expected, white women’s attitude changed the minute the race did. They not only denounced Ms. Jones as a liar but said that it was just a sour grapes plot by the Republicans to get even for their treatment of Thomas. They never once caught on that their accusations, coupled with their denial, gave much needed fuel to the conservative media’s fire. A double standard was at play.

Paula Jones and former President Bill Clinton

Around that same time, former boxing champ Mike Tyson better known as “Iron Mike” was embroiled in a rape scandal. A woman named Desiree Washington who was a contestant in a beauty pageant that Tyson attended says he raped her. Once again, the white feminist brigade was supposedly there to rally for her as they circled the wagons. Then, when a member of the Kennedy family named William Kennedy Smith was accused of rape as well, the feminist cries for justice yet again turned to mush. They couldn’t be bothered fighting for the rights of their own when there was a black man to selectively target.

I bring up those two instances to correlate how white people in this case, white women only give a shit when it suits their agenda. I don’t believe that they cared anymore about either Ms. Hill or Ms. Washington than they do about the trash thrown into the streets at New York’s Hell’s Kitchen. It was nothing more than an attempt to further stereotypes and prove their racist mindset valid.

When comedian and beloved TV star Bill Cosby’s son Ennis was brutally gunned down by a white male illegal immigrant from Russia, his own wife Camille blasted the media for disregarding their tragedy, pain and anguish to report on the more salacious tale that Mr. Cosby may have fathered a child out of wedlock with another woman. She even said that the Russian male was taught to hate black people by America. She must have been talking directly about the American media because they do a wonderful job of playing negative racist clichés against people.

“Clueless” star and recent political aficionado, the beautiful Stacey Dash, claimed that her ex-husband, who is white, was physically abusive during their marriage to the point where Ms. Dash had to get a restraining order after they divorced. Now, I have never had to file one, but I would guess that any woman who does, does it because she’s afraid of what her man is capable of. Typical that the same folks, including Negroes, who broke a neck running to protect Rhianna after she was assaulted by ex-boyfriend Chris Brown were nowhere to be found for Stacey.

Stacey Dash with soon-to-be former husband Emmanuel Xuereb

Even queen mammy Oprah was silent, despite her supposed staunch desire to be a guardian for the beaten pop star. Funny, she doesn’t seem that willing to speak out for Ms. Dash or countless other black women who have been victims, even those at the hands of white males such as Mitrice Richardson who was a young black female that got arrested by some white cops for being belligerent in a restaurant . She was taken to a police station where she was later inexplicably dropped off in one of the city’s worst neighborhoods, an area that she didn’t even live at. Her body was found several weeks later bruised and battered. Although her mother stated that Ms. Richardson was bipolar as well as manic depressive, the cops were not reprimanded in any way. And her story was given the brush off by every major news outlet as well as many local ones. The outcry for Ms. Richardson and many other black females is virtually non-existent when they aren’t famous or when there isn’t a black man available to vilify.

Apparently, most people, some of whom are black, don’t give a rat’s ass. Which is why I am grateful that Mr. McHale so adroitly pointed out the lack of coverage for young black girls in need versus that of a young black woman making a damn fool of herself. Thank you so very much Joel.


14 thoughts on “Vern’s Venting: Thank You, Joel McHale

  1. Grateful that you covered this as this nation takes on more of the true spirit of equality for all it has been prevented from attaining by the white hate filled minority rich. Prosecutions for the methodical segregation and abuse of all minorities throughout the past will hopefully get them scarring out of this country ending their citizenship.

  2. Dear God that’s what Stacey’s husband looks like! He is grade A ugly and has the nerve to put his hands on her when he should be on his knees thanking Jesus that she gave him a second glance.

  3. ..Great points about the lack ofmedia coverage surrounding the kidnapped victims of Nigeria, Vern! As for Ms. Dash, I will offer a possible (and partial) explanation(?) about why her situation was not discussed that much..#1) Her career has fallen off considerably, especially after the reported rumors about not being able to get along with her co-workers on the recently flopped “Single Ladies” by Queen Latifah-thus she has not had Any of her personal life talked about, because maybe people no longer hear many (if any) stories about her anymore. #2) Another thing that must be noted is that Stacy has not been viewed as a person who is known to generally associate with the Black community at large, and whether or not this is true-I have heard many accounts that from other POC that is how they view her-she does have a (first-born) child by “Black” singer Christopher Williams, but after being with her White ex-hubby and endorsing ole’ “Mittens” Romney, this seems to heightened many POC’s perception of her as a sellout, as well-just my two cents on this..

    1. That may very well be the case but she is a black woman who was physically abused so why isn’t there more outrage from black female blogs regardless of her celebrity status. I also read most of the comments on twitter after she endorsed Mittens and they seemed very mean and childish.

  4. What makes Solange “ratchet”, or “hoodrat?”

    White supremacists thinking of Black women…

    Especially when the Knowles’ girls were in fact raised middle-class and attended good schools. Besides that, Solange was once married to the father of her son and is now dating a man.

    Know somethings before speaking; Solange ALSO had a run in with her father over cheating on their mother. It just may be that she HATES to see the women in her family hurt, and the way she was “fighting” him–she couldn’t hurt a fly.

    Family’s fight all the freakin time,but Black folks had to somehow warp this into but, Black men face domestic violence thing too. What!!!???

      1. Despite what people may think about Solange–yes, i take up for her–Jay Z is a KNOWN philanderer. Yet no one called out his ill behavior that his wife and daughter have to endure, it was just Solange is a total “nut”, on drugs, “crazy” Black girl.

        From the looks of things–Solange and Jay Z fight it out ALL the time, this time was just caught on camera.

        The gala that they were at–Jay Z’s old booty call, designer Rachel Roy was there. I’m betting that she said some things either to Mrs. Carter, or Mr. Carter himself that were inappropriate and it ticked Solange off–rightfully so–i get ticked when one of my siblings is being made a fool out of.

        We saw in the end Mrs. Carter get in the limo with her sister Ms. Knowles.

        Yup, blood is thicker than water.

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