I am utterly disgusted at what I have witnessed online today.
I read a lot, and I mean A LOT, all with intentions and goals of uncovering and unveiling deep, stimulating issues that relate to us everyday, everywhere…not just in the entertainment business.
My people are in trouble and its a lot worse than any of us could have imagined. Apparently, this past Monday night’s episode of A&E’s popular reality series Intervention featured former WBA junior lightweight champion Rocky Lockridge and his downward spiral into a life of addiction and homelessness.
So, it’s a Saturday night and I’m up fishing for leads and I catch the video on World Star Hip Hop. The headline read (and I quote):
Saddest Intervention: Former Boxing Champ “Rocky Lockridge” (Who Knocked Out Floyd Mayweather’s Uncle In 98 Sec) Had Crack Addiction! + Hear His Cry At The End Sounding Like A Walrus In Heat!
And here is the footage of the actual intervention (or for the full episode, click HERE).
Did you see anything truly funny here? Take your time, I’ll wait…
I didn’t think so.
What irks me the most is not only that people have found humor in someones misery but that we have become so numb and almost “zombie-like” when it comes to any type of feeling. Here you have two more African-American men that were abandoned by their father. Yeah, they seem to be pretty balanced despite but it is evident that his absence played a HUGE role on their lives on many levels. To have to bear and balance love, confusion, disappointment, longing and hatred all for the same person is exhausting to the spirit. Imagine having to feel all those things consecutively for 15 years all for one person. There is a difference between being a bastard child and being abandoned by your father…these men felt a toxic mixture of both.
After watching the video and being almost brought to tears, I hurriedly scrolled down hoping that someone had something encouraging or uplifting to say about the clip and these are the type of comments I ran across:
IT’S SAD TO SEE WEAK MINDED ASS BLACK MEN. FINE HE WASN’T THERE, HOW MANY OTHER MEN AREN’T THERE. YOU TAKE THIS AND MAKE SURE NOT TO REPEAT IT NOT TO SIT IN YOUR OWN SORROW CRYING LIKE A WOMAN. THIS IS A SAD DAY WHEN YOU GOT BLACK MEN SITTING CRYING LIKE WOMEN. WHAT A SHAME
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! lmao!..not that funny but it was funny to me..this nothin new tho..shiiit at least they kno where they fatha at..i have no clue where mine is and dont care
ON SOME REAL s*** DESE n*ggaS IS p*ssy…ITS COOL 2 LOVE UR DAD AND WANT THE BEST 4 HIM BUT DAMN THESE BROTHERS IS CRUMB CAKE…WHEN UR DAD BREAK OUT ON UR FAM U CANT SIT AROUND BOO HOOING…U GOTTAGET OFF UR ASSSS TELL YO MAMA U DONT NEED DA LAME AND THEN U MAKE SOMETHIN HAPPEN….THESE NIGGGGAZ IS SOME TERRY CLOTHS
“i look behind my shoulder for every black man that passes me”…yea cuz u g*y son lol….u want dat meat
And these are from YouTube:
2 gay sons no wife no money yeah you gonna be on drugs or either kill yourself god damn why are they talking so slow takes about 10 minutes to say 1 sentence lol shit seemed like the sons where fake crying to me
lmfao he sound like a walrus haha i can tell his 2 sons are gay as fuck to. This man cry is epic haha
Am I missing something??? These are two black men that have come together, hoping to save the person who made them and folk find humor in the pain in this man’s cry? Is that where we are black folk?
Or it that losing family to addiction, having to live without our daddies and hatred have just become ALL TOO FAMILIAR to us. So familiar that instead of seeing what we saw and feeling and relating, we stand atop of others hardships to avoid reality.
Ain’t nothing cool about being without a daddy, girl or boy. I can not see how any person of colour or with a pulse could not feel what was displayed before us.
Shame on World Star for instigating the entire thing with that irrelevant headline and for encouraging your already feeble-minded audience.
I’m telling you folks, watch what you watch. We have such a long way to go. Run your mouth. Share your sentiments, please.