The first time I saw “Buffie the Body” was in 2005 at the Entertainers Basketball Classic at Rucker Park in New York City. Every man, woman and child strained to get a better view of her backside. And what they saw was unreal—literally.
There wasn’t a man that she walked by who didn’t start drooling and wagging his tongue. Some females might see power in having men chase behind them and be the center of all their fantasies. I suspect many of these females were bullied and/or have incredibly low esteem to risk their lives by undergoing such a dangerous procedure. The irony is that just like anything else in hip hop, when something is hot, everybody runs and does it. No matter how stupid. While “Buffie the Body” was a rarity in 2004, the big butt syndrome is now a normal attraction at strip clubs and in hip hop videos. The woman’s role in hip hop has been diminished not because there are no women recording music, but because in hip hop, women represent a man’s ultimate fantasy.
Cash Money recording artist Nikki Minaj reminds me of a scene from the 1985 movie “Weird Science.” Two nerds were trying to figure out how they could become more popular and created the perfect woman to gain the attention they desired. Now, fiction overlaps reality; nearly every young woman’s dream is to experience the success on the level of Nikki Minaj. It’s common knowledge that Nikki underwent extensive cosmetic surgery and now is a megastar. Just like “Weird Science.” Cash Money resurrected a human barbie doll and market her likeness every day. Her image is being implanted into the minds of young girls who aspire to be like her. What message are we sending when the only way they can be like her is to reject their natural attributes? Vanity Wonder, author of Shot Girls, recalls how her fixation with the injections became a competition with other women in the strip clubs. She then became infected and felt the need to continue getting get butt shots to cover up the lumps from hardening silicone.
What has our world become when people are preying on individuals seeking to improve their appearance using deadly substances? What type of fantasy world are our men living in that butt augmentations are the requirements for conversation? What is happening to our precious young women who apparently are not satisfied with who they are? This all circles back to education. If we spend more time making sure our young people are educated and can see value in their lives, we wouldn’t have to hear sad stories of people trying to make a living under these circumstances. Many people argue that these women and transgender men choose their fate when they place their lives in the hands of the unknown. That’s true but they deserve to die for a bad decision.
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(Jineea Butler, founder of the Social Services of Hip Hop and the Hip Hop Union, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tweet her at @flygirlladyjay)
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