Aug 3, 2010

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I have been trying to avoid this story about Laurence Fishburne's daughter like the plague, but alas here I am having to give a commentary.  
 
The story of Montana Fishburne is a sad one on so many fronts.  It speaks volumes to where we are as a society and how young women and girls are viewing their self worth.  How did things go so wrong?  How could a child from an A-list Hollywood star believe that the only way she could break into Hollywood was to produce a sex-tape?  I mean are you serious?  All she had to do was tap into her father's network, like most celebrity children, and boom, pow, acting career and celebrity here she comes.  I guess Larry didn't teach her the adage, 'It's not what you know, or who you know, but rather who knows you."
 
The fact that Montana would chose to use someone like Kim Kardashian as an example speaks volumes to the mindset of young girls.  We have to ask ourselves whose responsible for this mindset?  We are the ones who elevated people like Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton to star status.  The media may have hyped them up, but it was ordinary people who were watching their shows and buying magazines with them on the covers that blew them up.  This is the message that we have sent to our daughters.  We've taught them that it's okay for them to sexually exploit themselves as long as it is leading to riches and fame.  I mean why be exploting by men when you can just exploit yourself?  Sounds like a win-win, right? 
 
The sad thing that is missing in this story is the fact that Montana must have missed the memo that said this line to stardom only works for non-black girls.  If she had done a little more research she would have realized that getting clothing lines off of a sex tape or your sexual exploits didn't work for Karrine Steffans and definitely is not working for Kat Stacks.  She should have checked her history and realized that the sexuality of black women is viewed much differently than that of any other race of women.  From the Hottentot Venus to Sapphire to Hip Hop videos, black women and their sexuality are always being discussed and the discussion are hardly ever positive.
 
A lot of people want to place blame on Laurence for the actions of his daughter.  Does his daughter's course of action reflects on his parenting or lack thereof?  I mean honestly, when does a parent stop being held accountable for the actions of their children?  Montana after all is 18, which last time I check made her of legal age.  But then again I am reminded of Chris Rock's standup routine when he said, and I paraphrase, the only job of a father is to keep his daughter off the pole (or in this case out of porn).  So maybe by those standards, Laurence did fail.  Either way you put it, something is definitely wrong about this situation.
 
Writer's Note:
 
Initially, I wanted to call this story 'Montana Fishburne and the Hoe-ing to Fame Syndrome, but something inside of me just wouldn'y let me do it.  I hate that term hoe and I refuse to slander another woman with that term no matter what I think of her actions.  A woman in total command of her sexuality can just as easily be labeled a hoe as someone selling their body in the streets.  The term 'hoe', in my opinion, is a word that is used to control women and their sexuality.  This term is rarely applied to men but somehow we always manage to unleash it on a woman if she does something sexually that we feel is not up to our standards.

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