Maud on Music: In Defense of the Indefensible, Namely, Kreayshawn

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bill-swift - September 3, 2011

(Editor's Note: Though largely unchallenged by the reporting media, Kreayshawn's night-of-VMA seemingly drunken typo-filled Tumblr rant about the age-inappropriateness of her self-produced photos remains completely unsubstantiated.)

Self-styled rapper and social commentator, Kreayshawn, has made one thing perfectly clear: she doesn't give a fuck about haters.

If you're not into her, she's not into you. Which is probably why a girl who is a mediocre, at best, rapper, could become a reasonably successful rap artist in the first place. Haters love to hate, and will do so until the end of time (or until people stop making whack records and doing whack things, which will be never). And because of all these haters, and the digital age posse that glom onto all things negative online, Kreayshawn will continue to exist as a public figure for the foreseeable future.

There are some things about Kreayshawn that I can respect. Her aforementioned not giving a fuckness is laudable, especially for a young woman, with girls so often pressured to follow the ‘groupthink' or be cast out into the lonely darkness. Kreayshawn is all about girls sticking together and having a strong someone to rep for them. Kreayshawn's ‘White Girl Mob' supports female bonding too; although V-Nasty's general insanity takes away from the "feminist movement" that Kreayshawn is trying to build. They're all pushing for the right for girls to be as goofy and random as they want to be. "Random" is a word Kreayshawn uses a lot, both to describe herself and to define her personal artistic movement. Kreayshawn's "randomness' is on par with being subversive, against the norm, and generally badass, which she does pretty well.

The past week has been pretty piss poor for Kreayshawn. She was tapped to host the red carpet at the MTV VMAs, which she was also attending as a nominee for Best New Artist. Kreayshawn seemed downright giddy on her Twitter in the hours leading up to her appearance. However, while at the VMAs, her Twitter was hacked into, with the hackers posting racial slurs, anti-Semitic comments, and some naked photos Kreayshawn says were taken when she was underage. Also, while on the carpet and still unaware of the Twitter drama unfolding, Kreayshawn got into a heated confrontation with hip hop artist, Rick Ross, the extent of which is unclear. We heard rumors that there were police involved, but at this time the LAPD has yet to get back to us with a formal comment. Although she took all this in stride, reacting but also moving on, Kreayshawn definitely can not have been pleased. She also lost the VMA to Tyler, the Creator.

What does all this teach us? That by playing into silly memes like this we fuel their fire. That by making the statement that you can handle all the hate the world can dish out, and that you'll keep doing exactly what the haters hate you for, you'll keep getting attention. That maybe girls do need a slightly crazy pothead of questionable lyrical skill to tell the world women can do whatever the fuck they want, just like men can. Or maybe it just teaches us that if you make a YouTube video at the right time and people watch it, the world is your oyster. Either way, as long as we care, this will continue, so I guess we're asking for it.

Also, Rick Ross, pick on someone your own size. Like a large dump truck or a stadium or something.

-- Maud
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