white_serpent: (Bitch please)Avocado ([personal profile] white_serpent) wrote,
@ 2015-05-05 04:40 pm UTC
I'm really not sure why I read slate at all. Sigh.

But in 2008, Baby Mama was the first flowering of a linguistic trend now in full bloom across all media: that of prefacing a statement with bitch for rhetorical effect.

I'm torn on saying she can't possibly be this clueless and knowing the author of the article actually can and has been similarly clueless in the past. (Specifically, she had no clue about the origin of "Drink the Kool-Aid".) She goes on to claim that Snoop Lion's "Bitch, please" is following this trend-- which, in her world, originated in 2008, apparently with Amy Poehler and Tina Fey.

The popular use of "Bitch, are you for real?" comes from "The Human Tornado", the sequel to "Dolemite". Blaxploitation, cult classic, pimp subculture, mid '70s. "Bitch, please" comes out of the same subculture. Heavy influence on '90s rappers and so on. Snoop Lion credits "Dolemite", and several other rappers sampled from it.

Whether or not you think this is a defensible use of language, it didn't start in 2008, and it certainly didn't start with Amy Poehler and Tina Fey. It bothers me that she actually thinks something that came from a specific black subculture arose much more recently in a movie written by white women, and that black rappers are following that trend. I can understand being ignorant of Jim Jones (if you're young enough, it probably never came up), but the ubiquitous "Bitch, please" meme was in place before 2008. Minimal research should have turned this up.

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