The fallout from yesterday's anti hip hop rant has been...colossal. I really didn't think anyone would care.The feelings were caustically thrown out there, and really had nothing to do with racism and everything to do with a genre of entertainment I don't like at all. It had been bottled up inside of me for so long and it was seeping through my psyche like poison. I'm known to let loose with a rant now and again here at Circle of Fits so I thought I was cool to do so, especially on my little blog which, while growing in readership, is still very little.
I was contacted at around 11:15 pm eastern time last night by a representative from Google (who shall remain nameless) who said that word had gotten back to him from the management of a very popular hip hop artist. This artist had somehow read my post from yesterday and was very angry about it. Thought it was dangerous, had racial overtones and promoted violence.....went on and on about how he wanted to meet the man who was behind this vitriol or have my blog shut down. Period. Google was contacted because they own Blogger, the platform on which I publish my blog. I cannot go into details about what was discussed because of the legal boundaries surrounding this "incident" as it is being called, I guess.
What I can tell you is that I have to attend an "internet roundtable discussion" that will be filmed w/webcams from different locations(including right here at my desk) and possibly posted on a website (also must remain unnamed-but you know it, for sure). This artist will be at one location and two more very recognizable hip hop industry names will be filmed at theirs. Plain and simple, if I refuse to do this, my site gets shut down for sure, and this artist will use yesterday's rant on my little site "as an example" and go to the press. This will make Google look bad for sure, so they set this whole thing up to throw some dirt on the fire.
I'm as dumbfounded as you are, believe me. We will be discussing the "underlying problem" of veiled racism in the blogosphere using found examples (I guess there are more, but I was told mine really struck a chord with this entertainer) but I am told no politics will be discussed. I'm hoping to have a say, because there are so many things I don't understand about hip hop. I would also like to at least be able to explain myself as a non violent and extremely sarcastic person, and one who doesn't really "hate" anything. I've never been in a fist fight, or even a scuffle, and I'm not planning on joining any underground militia group or tea party at anytime while still walking upright on this earth.
Please stay tuned.........