For awhile, hip-hop and homophobia lived in the same house. They shared friends, as Hip-Hop openly shouted homophobia out. Rewind back to 2003, Hip-Hops prototypical homophobic anthem, “Where the Hood at?”.
“Man, cats don’t know what it’s gonna be
Fuckin with a nigga like me,
Last I heard, y’all niggas was havin sex,with the same sex
I show no love, to homo thugs
Empty out, reloaded and throw more slugs
How you gonna explain fucking a man?
Even if we squashed the beef, I ain’t touching ya hand
I don’t bunk with chumps, for those who been to jail
That’s the cat with the Kool-Aid on his lips and pumps
I don’t fuck with niggas that think they broads
Only know how to be one way, that’s the dog”
X criticized homosexuals in the urban community, most notably cross dressers an those he deemed to not be “hood enough.” Today DMX would be languished for those same lyrics on all sorts of major new outlets.
Culture and arts have always had an entangled relationship. The arts exist to document, celebrate and critique the culture of a given society. The same relationship exists between news and history, news being the conduit through which we remember historical events.
Now the point of this blog isn’t to throw around banal platitudes from atop a perch, but rather to share a lens with whoever should be reading. It’s to combine elements of the above, drawing from urban culture, internet humor and music. All of which will be brought to you from atop my personal soapbox.
Globalization has the melting pot effect on culture. But like any sort of stew, ingredients of larger quantity can overpower the taste of lesser inclusions. Take American culture, example. Globalization is the reason why kids in North and South Korea can eat Big Macs and stream The Interview on their iPhones. But what can the average American tell me about Korea besides Kim Jong-un and Gangnam Style?
I’ll be waiting in the comment section for that deep insight on Korean culture.
The biggest fear many have of globalism/globalization is the adoption or assimilation of culture which can have the negative effect of washing out individual culture in favor of a globally subscribed one. This is something I like to call The Walmart Effect.
Outside of the realm of very specific needs, why would anyone forgo the convenience of Walmart when buying general items? Instead of a going to a butcher or a florist, Walmart provides a convenient and general selection of similar goods. The price of that convenience is the death of the majority of specialty shops. It’s harder to survive in a Walmart world. The same can be said for global culture. As we move towards a stronger global identity, individual contributions will be lost in their inclusion.
The antecedent to this is the power of influence or strength of ingredients if we’re using the melting pot analogy. Countries in developing markets are becoming consumers, no longer selling their goods to be leeched on by the global economy. This increases their stock in the global market and influence in culture.
But none of this answers if Globalization is a “bad” or “good” thing. The answer to that comes from the intention of the inquirer. I personally look forward to a global community commenting, liking and contributing to the same beast. But I also believe in preservation of diversity.