She offers no apologies for her sexuality, but with a new television show, is Amber Rose taking full advantage of her newfound forum?
Early this summer, when the Amber Rose Show was announced, dedicated Rosebuds (as she affectionately calls her fans) and critics alike knew they’d have tons of new material to either love or loathe. Since premiering July 8th, Amber Rose, has been as likable as she’s been controversial, but has she been substantive?
On a July 29th episode, she recalled asking her ex-husband and father to her three-year old son,Wiz Khalifa, to go half on a second child,
You know that we have Sebastian together and I really, really want another baby, so I asked him for his sperm like I always do every time I’m around him…but instead he put his babies on my face, thanks Wiz!
Of course, people laughed or gasped and she later addressed the fact that ultimately, people had more of a problem that she may have enjoyed the aforementioned act than whether or not Khalifa ejaculated.
Equality for women–especially in the media–is a cause near and dear to Rose’s heart. She’s created her own version of the feminist staple event “SlutWalk,” (calling it the “Amber Rose Awareness Festival”) she’s quick to shut down any critique of her dating life, the pictures she takes or her views on women being sexually equal to their male counterparts. While this is all commendable, some may take issue with her actions as a host.
I’m not asking Ye’s infamous ex to be the next Gloria Steinem, infiltrating the world of hip-hop to expose misogyny the way Steinem turned the Playboy franchise on it’s head in the ’60s by becoming a bunny and writing scathing exposes. No. However, Rose simply saying something remotely empowering (mostly scripted) without her authentic narrative behind it or a probing dialogue with her guests? That’s as close as we get to a genuine discussion and I fully believe she’s capable of more.
She has tastemakers, trendsetters and the people who have the attention of our youth, during their formative years on her show. She can try asking French Montana what he really thinks of the “SlutWalk.” Have O.T. Genasis explain why he came for a young African American woman’s hair on TV. Question Nick Cannon on the hypocrisy surrounding women he’s dated like Kim K. and Christina Milian. She’s this close to being able to touch upon something no one has before, something beyond frank sex talk and closer to frank talks about our sexuality, gender and race without shock value being the payoff.
Like her or not, she’s worked hard to own her own sexuality and she has a gift of asking people jarring questions while remaining endearing. What if she used these cunning powers for good and held these men to the fire? And No, I don’t want these artists to be crucified for the lyrics I love! I just want there to be some healthy discussion instead of using our sexuality as a punchline.
Rosebuds, don’t come after me! I still love me some Muva.
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