• Shann Bridges posted a new activity comment 4 years ago

    I totally get this. Jay Z not only “never felt threatened”, he was bodyguarded which enabled him to never feel threatened, and allowed him this bemused detachment. I’m not begrudging him Any Of That.

    From my seat,What a Wonderful World It Would Be if everybody was equipped with Jay Z’s bodyguard. That guy was
    AWESOME! The fire…[Read more]

    • I doubt he’d feel threatened if the bodyguard wasn’t there. That’s also part of my point.

      The bodyguard did his job, the job he is paid to do. I’m not sure why this makes him awesome.

      TBH, I find the need for bodyguards to be, in most cases, pretty ridiculous and unnecessary. It appears, to me at least, to be more of a status symbol than…[Read more]

  • Shann Bridges posted a new activity comment 4 years ago

    Come on…JayZ wasn’t “in danger” because he’s freaking rich and has hired a (thank gawd) mellowyellow bodyguard that’s Extraordinarily Great snuffing out physical bullshit instead of exacerbating it Police departments in New York, Chicago, hello ?!?!?! ALBUQUERQUE etc should be asking JayZ to put them in touch with *his* guy who Knows How To Pick ‘Em.

    • I’m honestly having a hard time parsing this comment.

      It wasn’t just the bodyguard. It’s also because, as you mentioned, he’s rich and more powerful in other senses than Solange (he’s a producer and has a lot of clout in the business). But ALSO because Jay Z is a giant, strong man, especially compared to Solange, who can clearly hold her own,…[Read more]

    • And I think the bodyguard being there was also good for SOLANGE, as it kept the situation from escalating. What if this was a different man and a different woman, not in an elevator being monitored by cameras and bodyguards? He could have beaten her to a bloody pulp, and some men might have if put in such a situation as that. And then he could…[Read more]

  • Shann Bridges posted a new activity comment 4 years ago

    Again, I agree. The incident was trivialized in the media overall, (where lameness is S.O.P), but also in progressive media. It worried me at the time (and I said as much in comments at the time) that it wasn’t dealt with more seriously by anyone in any of my feeds.

    I also admit I don’t completely get this Skepchick blogpost calling back to…[Read more]

    • I think it was just supposed to be a joke that missed the mark. No one is perfect, and I personally think Courtney, the author of this post, just didn’t really think things through. But, it did spark quite an interesting conversation, so I don’t think it was for nothing!

      I DO think it is important, however, when discussing Solange (a woman)…[Read more]

      • I totally get this. Jay Z not only “never felt threatened”, he was bodyguarded which enabled him to never feel threatened, and allowed him this bemused detachment. I’m not begrudging him Any Of That.

        From my seat,What a Wonderful World It Would Be if everybody was equipped with Jay Z’s bodyguard. That guy was
        AWESOME! The fire…[Read more]

        • I doubt he’d feel threatened if the bodyguard wasn’t there. That’s also part of my point.

          The bodyguard did his job, the job he is paid to do. I’m not sure why this makes him awesome.

          TBH, I find the need for bodyguards to be, in most cases, pretty ridiculous and unnecessary. It appears, to me at least, to be more of a status symbol than…[Read more]

      • drken replied 4 years ago

        I think your kind of missing the point making it about Jay-Z. I hope he’s OK, because I wouldn’t want anybody to suffer from abuse. My problem is with the MSM/interwebs complexes reaction to it, which is a much larger problem. It’s kind of a pet peeve of mine (which sort of explains me being impatient with everybody). Don’t get me started about…[Read more]

        • You hope he’s okay? I’m sure he’s perfectly fine.

        • And I wasn’t demeaning her or not taking her seriously. I am only laying out what I believe to be pretty obvious facts. I also said nothing about street cred, so if you could please refrain from literally making shit up, that would be swell.

      • d506 replied 4 years ago

        “And you know, as someone who has a bit of a temper, I’ve been where Solange has been. Sometimes you just don’t give a fuck about right or wrong, and I’m ALSO pretty certain that Solange knew there was no way she was going to harm Jay Z in any way, and therefore felt “safe” giving him a few hits. Again, I’m not saying it’s right, and I have learne…[Read more]

        • No. Me and my sisters are fighters, that’s all. My twin sister once put a guy in the hospital, I’m not even joking. But they were both, uh, not sober. I have gotten myself into some gnarly situations where my smaller and weaker statue could have put me in danger. Them’s just the facts. I just don’t always give a fuck because I have a bit of…[Read more]

  • Shann Bridges posted a new activity comment 4 years ago

    No, it’s not funny when women hit men in elevators, and you’re absolutely right on this whoever you are. You’re absolutely right that the blows thrown by Solange in the elevator cam were treated in the press as reality TV giggles and gossip rather than attempted criminal assault (bodyguard earned his pay that night cutting that mess short quick).…[Read more]

  • Shann Bridges posted a new activity comment 4 years ago

    Echos of his infamous “Dear Muslima” idiocy as well. In which Of Course he used this very same kind of rhetorical bad/worse ranking for the purpose of “endorsing” the Elevator Guy’s behavior and diminishing you for the “Guys, don’t do that. OK?” advisory.

    So he’s being disingenuous with the whole “basic logic” spiel, afaic.