Hazel E: Unemployed and Ugly
Before anyone gets in their feelings, when I refer to Hazel E as ugly I am referring to her attitude - I am not in the business of tearing women down based on their appearance. BUT when I refer to her as unemployed, I mean just that.
It has come to light that Mona Scott-Young, the creator of the Love and Hip-Hop franchise, has kicked Hazel E off the show. This decision allegedly came prior to Hazel's hateful remarks this week. Hazel went off on a tangent on Instagram, where she made homophobic and derogatory comments about dark-skin black women, referring to them as "dark butts" and even suggested that dark-skin women are jealous of her because they can't pass the brown paper bag test. After losing a couple endorsement deals, it's no surprise that she has since released a weak attempt at an apology.
Besides the fact that Hazel's comments are both deluded and disgusting. They are also incredibly divisive. At a time where the US is already so divided, you would think that the last thing a BLACK woman would do is tear down another black woman, especially on the basis of their complexion. It is no secret that black women are the backbones of their families, they are on the front line of every protest and they are also the most educated group in the US (as of 2016). But somehow, we are still the most disregarded and disrespected. I don't need to run down the never-ending list of rappers that berate dark-skin black women or the misrepresentation of black women in media (Hi, Dove) for you to understand that black women are consistently under attack. So, yes - Hazel's comments were stupid, thoughtless and simply untrue but she simply scratched the surface of a more serious issue. One being that colourism is still an issue in the black community and the other being that black women are eternally treated as lesser than, even from other black women.
So, what should Hazel take away from this?
1. Dark-skin women do in fact have "dark butts."
2. You are unemployed and should probably start working on your resume.
3. We do not accept your apology.
4. The "I have a gay friend" excuse is just as invalid as the "I have a black friend" one.
5. No matter how "light-skin" you are, you will always be a BLACK WOMAN.