NY Post columnist and longtime Jay-Z critic Phil Mushnick had no kind words regarding the new logo for the Brooklyn Nets nor its owner, Jay-Z. In a recent post, he left no stone unturned venting about his disgust with the team’s owner:
“As long as the Nets are allowing Jay-Z to call their marketing shots — what a shock that he chose black and white as the new team colors to stress, as the Nets explained, their new “urban” home — why not have him apply the full Jay-Z treatment?”….
“Why the Brooklyn Nets when they can be the New York N——s? The cheerleaders could be the Brooklyn B—-hes or Hoes. Team logo? A 9 mm with hollow-tip shell casings strewn beneath. Wanna be Jay-Z hip? Then go all the way!”
Wow, Phil! Tell us how you really feel! Of course his remarks and use of the ‘N’ word didn’t sit well with many readers. Many called him a racist, but he defended his position to blogger Bob Blitz saying:
Bob – Such obvious, wishful and ignorant mischaracterizations of what I write are common. I don’t call black men the N-word; I don’t regard young women as bitches and whores; I don’t glorify the use of assault weapons and drugs. Jay-Z, on the other hand…..Is he the only NBA owner allowed to call black men N—ers?”
Jay-Z profits from the worst and most sustaining self-enslaving stereotypes of black-American culture and I’M the racist? Some truths, I guess, are just hard to read, let alone think about.
(Same column I provide support for Amar’e Stoudemire at a time when everyone in town is ripping him to shreds. That was my LEAD, too, but what does that matter?)
**Bob’s Blitz also says that NY Post editors did not have an issue with the topic and that there will be no further comment on it from Phil**
After explaining and defending his position, does Phil have a valid point? When Rush Limbaugh wanted to throw his hat in the ring as part owner of an NFL team there was an immediate backlash and outrage. If Mark Cuban made a rap song with flagrant use of the ‘N’ word, how would that fit with him as owner of a team made up of players who are predominantly African-American? Is Jay-Z any different, or, do we perhaps give a pass to racism and sexism when there’s a nice beat and colorful lyrics behind it?
What do you think?
Your Jersey Girl,