ICYMI, Ginuwine is on Celebrity Big Brother. You’re guess is as good as ours why in the world he said yes to doing the show (we’re sure it has something to do with the paycheck) but we digress.
Just a few days into to the new season, the” Pony” singer had folks upset on social media after he turned down a kiss from female transgender housemate India Willoughby.
We watched the clip, Ginuwine was waaaaay nicer than most heterosexual men would have been in the scenario. Thankfully a host of other people on Twitter came to his defense and even pointed out that he may even have a case for sexual assault.
Can anyone give me an example of any person arguing that in this situation Ginuwine should have accepted the kiss of a person he doesn’t want to kiss? The responses to this suggest that trans women somehow advocate for forcing people to accept things like this. No.this is assault https://t.co/cwDzJtFu5J
— Kat Blaque (@kat_blaque) January 8, 2018
I support Ginuwine. I would have done the EXACT same. So would most guys♂
— Jucci Mane & Im Bout to Put my Yeezy’s On (@juicekan) January 8, 2018
White people trying to drag Ginuwine down because he wasn’t about to let himself be molested by one of them?
— Her Royal Highness F. Selasie Amewusika (@CSAmewusika) January 8, 2018
because had Ginuwine turned down the sexual advances of a biological woman, we wouldn’t have blinked an eye
— [YO]s Truly (@LifeAsKing) January 8, 2018
Having to let a trans man kiss you to make them feel comfortable in their gender is literally sexual harrassment. Ginuwine should not have to let someone kiss them to verify their gender role just like a woman shouldn’t have to.
— doctorlove (@feelickss) January 8, 2018
Here’s what went down.
Willoughby and Ginuwine are sitting next to each other under a furry blanket (sigh). They are engaged in conversation with the other housemates when Willoughby asks the singer: “Would you go out with a transgender?”
He answered: “I believe it’s your choice and I would choose not to.”
“You’d go out with a woman but not a transgender woman?” she continued, to which he replied: “No.”
She later adds: “I’m a woman, so you would date me then. Let’s have a kiss.”
When he said no, she responded before storming off: “I think all the unspoken things going on there illustrate my case one hundred percent.”
Malika Haqq, who also surprisingly is on this show, came to G’s defense, by saying Willoughby is just playing the victim.
What do you think? Was Ginuwine being transphobic, or simply stating his preference?
Netflix’s ‘Step Sisters’ Is ‘Bring It On’ … But Way More Woke!
Netflix is getting ready to “Bring It On” … in more ways than one. The streaming service’s new flick Step Sisters is reminiscent of the 90s dance film, but delves deeper into racial themes like cultural appropriation, tokenization and interracial dating.
In the film Megalyn Echikunwoke (Arrow) plays the president of a black sorority who is tasked with teaching one of the campus’ white sororities how to step for a charity competition. At first glimpse the film seems to be stepping into a can of worms — and had folks on Twitter up in arms, but the creators and cast told HipHollywood it isn’t about cultural appropriation but instead cultural exchange.
“There’s a strong political message, and there’s a lot of racial content,” said Nia Jervier. “But I think that the pill that may be difficult to swallow is dipped in honey, because it’s funny.”
What also helps is that producer/writers like Lena Waithe (Masters of None), Chuck Hayward (Dear White People) and Ben Cory Jones (Underground) are behind the project – so you know it’s woke.
“At the end of the day, Jamila the lead character in our minds she’s reaching over to show them a part of our culture. It doesn’t dilute our culture,” said Jones. ” And I love that we can take stepping and evolve that into issues of race and culture.”
Step Sisters begins streaming on Netflix January 20th.
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