Monday, June 19, 2006

6/19/06: Celeb of the Week: Tim "T.I." Harris


This hate goes back to something I heard a couple months ago. At the time, the movie "ATL" was just about to come out and the star of it was Tim "T.I." Harris. For those of you not familiar with the film ATL here is the imdb plot outline: "As four friends prepare for life after high school, different challenges bring about turning points in each of their lives. The dramas unfold and resolve at their local rollerskating rink."

When the movie was about to be released many movie theaters were worried about the crowd that was gonig to show up for it, so they hired extra security. Basically, these theaters were being racist because they thought the crowds would be primarily black.

I heard an interview with T.I. during which the radio host asked him if he was insulted by the extra security. He responded by saying he didn't care as long as he got paid. What kindof attitude is that? Would Ray Charles have said that? Would Marvin Gaye have that? Would Public Enemy have said that? Would Mos Def say that? How could he, in such a public position to influence the youth, take such an approach to blatant racism.

I know if any of my readers are from Atlanta or the south they will be upset about this. Down there T.I. is a god. But, that is all the more reason he should have spoke up. We are witnessing a generation of politcally disconnected youth and part of the reason why is that their rolemodels say thats cool.

But you know what? T.I.: I hate you.

9 Comments:

Blogger anonymous said...

they wouldnt get extra security for a will smith or a Denzel movie... is this about being black or being ghetto?

ghetto does not equal being black.

7:43 AM  
Blogger El Padrino said...

They did the same thing for 50 cent's new movie. And he did jack about it just like TI.

There is a sterotype out there against rappers. I think imunstoppable has a point to a certain degree. But Denzel and Will Smith are not gangsta rappers.

The perception that some sort of violence is going to happen during a movie starring a black rapper is a bit racist. However, taken what has transpired in the past it has happened. It's not like this just got pulled out of thin air. Take a look back in time and you'll find incidents of violence in mostly black neighborhoods throught the country.
Outside of movies the Source Awards come to mind (twice).

12:32 PM  
Blogger anonymous said...

you can say its unfair bias against rappers, then yeah maybe.. but its not cause theyre black. its cause (crappy mainstream) rappers promote violence and get treated as if theyre going to cause it when they show up somewhere.

there was enhanced security and people getting shot when 8 Mile opened up (literally on 8 mile i believe). why you hatin on eminem?! RACIST!

this hate was wack.. call it stereotyping rappers, yes. racism, no. and rapper stereotypes are well warranted at this point, when you can start naming off shootings.. 50 cent outside that NY radio station, lil kim and her crew, biggie, tupac.. come on.

1:54 PM  
Blogger El Padrino said...

Ok then sterotype....You touched on it as well as I did. Until the
"incidents" stop there will always be a sterotype.

2:17 PM  
Blogger Daily Hater said...

iamunstoppoable-

i don't remember reading about any extra secuirty when 8 Mile came out. Last time I checked eminem was white.

3:46 PM  
Blogger anonymous said...

well i know peeps were scufflin and they had cops and sheezy at openings.. im from the general area (no im not claimin downtown or anything)

this has more to do with people being all ghetto and crap rather than straight up being black.

seriously, if something happened at one of these openings and there was nobody near to help out, then everybody would bitch about that too. take your pick.

back to hatin.

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