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Episode 121: Hypocrisy of Unfit Fathers


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Heit & Cheri

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Episode 121: Hypocrisy of Unfit Fathers

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When it comes to commentary on how other people live, there’s more than enough hypocrisy to go around. Whether we’re talking about symbolic or literal fathers, it’s important to take a closer look at what we view as both “fit” and “unfit”. On this episode of The Axiom Amnesia Theory, Heit & Cheri examine controversy surrounding a symbolic father acting out and a literal father of 11, who’s just trying to take care of his family.

Topics discussed include Dick Gregory calling Spike Lee a “punk” and a “thug”, refuting the extreme nonsense Dick Gregory pushed about the movie “Django Unchained”, theories why Black folks are supporting Spike Lee, desire for controlling Black images in the media, cancellation of Shawty Lo’s “All My Babies’ Mamas” reality show, stigma of the phrases “baby momma” and “baby daddy”, hypocrisy of criticizing Black men who actually take care of their kids, the hypocrisy of people who take time to protest a show and don’t protest the actual ills of society, the cycle of poverty victimhood, absentee mothers and fathers, the show “Scandal”, people not wanting to see the gruesome results of U.S. military action, being more critical of TV programming, and more!

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Segment 1
  • Discussion about how everyone is jumping on Spike Lee. We just cannot seem to stop bringing up “that movie,” due to all of the controversy surrounding the discussion about Black film, slavery, and other culturally relevant topics.
  • The latest controversy kicked off after comments Dick Gregory made, calling Spike Lee a thug and a punk.
  • Gregory claims that he’s seen the movie 12 times, and that there were no Western movies with Black heroes in his 80 years–not true!
  • Discussion about our friend Craig, who gave us Posse.”
  • Tarantino actually said that he wanted to give Blacks a Western hero, implying that none existed before he bestowed the foolishness that is “Django Unchained” upon us. The movie wasn’t about giving Black folks a hero, but was about Tarantino portraying Blacks the way he wanted.
  • Discussion about Gregory saying that before Django Unchained, there was never a Black love story that didn’t have a bunch of sex and foolishness. What about “Claudine,” and other movies? Dick Gregory doesn’t know what he’s talking about on this one…
  • Discussion about Dick Gregory resorting to name-calling. People are quick to say you shouldn’t be name-calling, but he gets a pass for doing it to Spike Lee.
  • Discussion about Gregory saying putting Malcolm X in a zoot suit in his movie was disrespectful to “our ancestors.” It is HISTORICAL FACT, according to Malcolm X himself, that he wore zoot suits.
  • Furthermore, if Gregory finds a zoot suit disrespectful, why didn’t he find that bright @ss blue suit that Django had on disrespectful?
  • Discussion about Spike Lee’s internal commentary on Black issues as possible reason for why people seem to have turned on him. When you think about many of the traditional Civil Rights leaders as having been clergymen, they probably find Red Hook Summer” offensive.
  • Discussion about Spike Lee’s internal commentary on Black issues as possible reason for why people seem to have turned on him. When you think about many of the traditional Civil Rights leaders as having been clergymen, they probably find Red Hook Summer” offensive.
  • Discussion about how people asked the question of how Spike Lee could judge the movie Django Unchained not having seen it. Yet, people who haven’t seen the movie show support for it all the time, solely based on it being a Tarantino film!
  • Discussion about people not wanting certain images to be put out. Many times the objection to certain films and shows is over image control.
  • Discussion about the cancellation of Shawty Lo’s “All My Babies’ Mamas” reality show amid complaints, controversy, and petitions demanding that the show about him and 10 baby mommas and 11 kids not air.
  • People call the show disrespectful and said that it projects stereotypes. Nobody ever got to see what the show was actually about.
  • This is a show about a man who claims and takes care of all of his children, YET this is viewed as a negative thing.
  • Discussion about the stigma of the phrases “baby momma” and “baby daddy.”
  • Comparison of Shawty Lo’s show with the “Sister Wives” show.
  • Discussion about the issue with babies mommas being a class stigma–it’s not just about unwed mothers. This is all about image control,
  • Honey Boo Boo makes $20K per episode.
  • Discussion about the financial impact on Shawty Lo’s 10 families due to the cancellation. He is not a rich rapper. He’s basically a one-hit wonder for the song “Laffy Taffy.”
  • Many of the folks who criticized the show know that they probably have men in their own lives who take ZERO responsibility for their children. YET, they have something to say about this man taking care of and claiming ALL of his children. Straight hypocrisy!
  • Now 11 Black children may not have better lives because you are concerned about how you as a baby momma or baby daddy might look.
  • If nobody watched the show, it would have been a failure anyway.
  • Discussion about the positive impact that the show could have made. People may have actually been able to see the plight of single mothers and their daily struggles.
  • Some of Shawty Lo’s babies’ mommas might have been able to come off of public assistance (if they are receiving it).
  • It doesn’t change anything to not air the show.
  • Discussion about how people protested the BET commercial “Read A Mutherfu*cking Book.” People were busy, worried about the message of the commercial, and paying no attention to what was going on in the programs between the commercials.
  • Efia Nwangaza said in Episode 083: Lessons From Efia Nwangaza that the Civil Rights movement wasn’t about going to school with whites. Nevertheless, for some, it was and continues to be about seeking acceptance from whites.
  • Discussion about the reality show “Run’s House,” which shows a rich rapper who did it the “right” way and got married.
  • Discussion about the hypocrisy of people who take time to protest a show and don’t protest the actual ills of society. People care more about “bettering” TV from their view than actually bettering society.
  • Discussion about the fact that people are generally victims of poverty before having children who also become victims. Those born into poverty will typically remain in poverty until they die.
  • Discussion about absentee mothers and fathers.
  • Who are we to suggest how someone else should be living? We talked about this on yesterday’s episode–the notion of people being bothered by things that don’t affect them directly.
  • Most of the reality shows that are out are full of foolishness.
  • Discussion about the hypocrisy of watching some reality shows, and criticizing others.
  • Discussion about the show “Scandal,” which basically glorifies a Black female who is “successful” because she is good at deceit and threatening people with legitimate claims such that they drop anything that might create a scandal. What message is a show like this reinforcing?
  • Discussion about how people have an issue with us showing the dead babies and others who are killed as a result of U.S. military action.
  • We need to do better about being more critical of the foolishness we watch on TV.


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