Women Ripping into Janet

Women Ripping into Janet


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Now both have been irreparably soiled by white men & happily publicly

denigrated/re-niggerated by white women.  Sadly, like a beautiful

moth drawn to the flame, Janet was seduced into doing it to herself.



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Women Ripping into Janet

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By Crystal Cartier


I might add, white women are having a ball ripping into Janet Jackson like a school of vicious piranha & sharks.  It is the white women that are driving this smear campaign being waged solely against poor Janet.   “Poor” Janet because she is caught up in the lair of Satan that is the music industry and for a moment she forgot that she is quite simply a Black woman . . . with all the limitations & protocols that label entails . . . rich or not.   She is not  MaDonna nor Brittany Spears.  She is not even the African animalistic object d’art that is Grace Jones. While white men have always enjoyed sleeping with Black women.  Janet Jackson is a gifted, beautiful Black woman (that any man Black to White would proudly lavish, display & take home to his mother).  Janet had been elevated to the status of Diva and Black royalty, but type cast as a sex symbol that should have had the sensibility to know how far to go before backing off/mellowing out and aging gracefully with the dignity befitting a Black Princess turned Queen Diva.  Hence jealous white women are finally getting a chance to cut that Black Bitch back down to size.   Putting her back into “her place,” so to speak.  Yes, Janet Jackson forgot “her place.” Janet Jackson’s place . . . at her age . . . with all her accomplishments . . .  should be as a Queen Diva teaching, reaching & leading young people . . .  especially young Black women . .  . to a better way of life . . . a better form of behavior & dressing . . . by example.  She should have looked to Queen Diva’s like Lena Horne, Diana Ross, Tina Turner, Gladys Knight, Natalie Cole, Patti LaBelle, & Oprah as role models . . . then taken their examples a step farther while still being young & popular enough to effectively influence young women & the decadent music industry.  It breaks my heart that there was no one close enuf to her to better guide her choices. Worse it breaks my heart that she allowed/encouraged some young white punk to publicly disrespect her and scandalize her name.  I would have beat him across that stage with anything I could get my hands on.  But she couldn’t because she’d planned the move that went so wrong out of desperation to compete with Brittany & MaDonna, etc. . . .  The sad part is that she didn’t even realize that she already outclassed them.  All she had to do was keep “singing” & take her career to the next level of evolution respective to her age.  She could have accomplished so much more.  But she was blinded by the lights of Hollywood/Babylon that dictates no room for modesty or aging in its ranks of top dollar PlayBoy Bunny whores on display.  Top Dollar being the operative phrase.  Halle Berry is next. Unfortunately, Janet is trying to stay in a category she should gracefully abandon but she’s addicted to the money & glorious attention it brings.  White America’s heartthrob Justin Timberlake in an instant (probably quite unintentionally) has reduced her to the slimy ranks of her pitifully used sister LaToya. What a thin line there was dividing the two.  Now both have been irreparably soiled by white men & happily publicly denigrated/re-niggerated by white women.  Sadly, like a beautiful moth drawn to the flame, Janet was seduced into doing it to herself. I pity her and I encourage her to move on & hold her head high no matter what.  Only she can reach deep inside herself and find the strength to turn this thing around and put it into proper perspective. I’ve been there . . . sort of.  On Feb 14, 1994 I was similarly publicly humiliated on the front page of every newspaper & TV around the world for wearing a Black leather dress & jacket that revealed mere cleavage to court on the day that Michael Jackson appeared during my copyright infringement case for “Dangerous.”  My rationale was to look like an entertainer & not be upstaged on my own turf (Denver) on that special day as opposed to the frumpy Sunday school teacher I’d appeared to be throughout the trial.  I should have stuck with the humble frumpy image because the press used the outcry of Black woman baring cleavage to unjustly throw copyright law right out the window.  The public was so star struck by MJ and misdirected by the negative press that no one cared about the facts of the case or the gross miscarriage of justice that gave Jackson the victory.  They didn’t care that the two songs are so similar that when played simultaneously we’re singing a duet.  Nor that I had officially filed for copyrights a year before MJ who didn’t get copyrights until after I’d filed suit against him. 

Nor did they care that he sat there also inappropriately dressed (for court) wearing more makeup than I.  Nor did they care that the ruling judge’s son was such a big fan that he’d ditched school that day just to meet (illegally) with Jackson in his father’s chamber’s minutes before the trial.  No one cared about justice. 

All they focused on was my cleavage & Michael’s celebrity status.  Even when I appeared on the Geraldo show later that month, he got angry because I wouldn’t wear the offending dress unless allowed to perform the song.  Yet the music expert a formidable producer and the entire audience agreed that the songs were too closely the same to be a coincidence. I didn’t have Janet’s resources.  I wasn’t able to defend myself.  I was a nobody trying to become somebody to help everybody but nobody cared.  I literally gave them the stick to beat the hell of me when I wore that dress to court.  But if it hadn’t been the dress they would have found something else.  So c’est la vie!  Life goes on.  I’m willing to forgive. 

But I’ll never forget and as Whoopie Goldberg so eloquently stated in the Color Purple—nothing he touches is going to prosper (or has prospered) until Michael Jackson does right by me.”  Someday… some way . . . I’m still waiting Michael.

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