“The makers of entertainment must try, in our field, to be honest and grown-up.” –Elia Kazan
There’s a lot of negativity in the world lately, from natural disasters to social, political, and economic strife. But this week also saw the 100th International Women’s Day go by, and what I saw was so inspirational that I decided to share one piece of it with you.
This is Lil Wayne: a young, successful musician with four kids, including a 12 year-old daughter. By all accounts, Wayne is a good dad — something his father never was — and an intelligent, independent-minded man.
But his lyrics are often filled with misogynistic, negative messages about women. Well, a small group of people decided to do something about it.
Say hello to Nia, Nya, and Kamaria, who are 10, 9 and 5 years old, respectively, and go by the name Watoto From The Nile. And they take Wayne to task for this, challenging him to be a better role model for kids everywhere, but especially for his own daughter. Have a listen.
My daddy told me I’m a queen, but you call women other things
It makes me mad, I can’t pretend
Sir, don’t call me out my name again.
And don’t you think it’s kind of mean to disrespect a royal queen?
We come from greatness, we come from love
Be like Steve Harvey-show ya love
I hear you got a little girl, does she get the same referral?
You call the world, not trying to lean, I hope you call her little queen.
It’s awesome that we live in a world where this point-of-view can be heard, and as of the time that I’m writing this, their video already has 800,000+ views. Because this radical idea, that women are people, is something I think everyone — boys and girls — should grow up with. If that’s the definition of feminism, then we should all strive to be feminists in all of our interactions with the world. And I hope you’re all as proud of these girls as I am, for standing up for themselves and for women everywhere.