“New York Post” writer Phil Mushnick, who generated a storm of controversy after saying that Jay-Z‘s Brooklyn Nets should consider changing their name to the ‘New York Ni**ers,’ is not only standing by his statement but calling his detractors out as hypocrites, reports Hello Beautiful.
As previously reported by Newsone, Mushnick not only said the players should call themselves “ni**ers,” but that the cheerleaders should be called “bitches.”
“As long as the Nets are allowing Jay-Z to call their marketing shots— what a shock that he chose black and white as the new team colors to stress, as the Nets explained, their new ‘urban’ home— why not have him apply the full Jay-Z treatment? Why the Brooklyn Nets when they can be the New York N——s? The cheerleaders could be the Brooklyn B—-hes or Hoes. Team logo? A 9 mm with hollow-tip shell casings strewn beneath. Wanna be Jay-Z hip? Then go all the way!”
Writing in to the Post‘s “Bob’s Blitz” in response the inevitable criticism, Mushnick fanned the flames even higher by saying that people should take a look at who is really insulting the Black community:
“Such obvious, wishful and ignorant mischaracterizations of what I write are common. I don’t call black men the N-word; I don’t regard young women as bitches and whores; I don’t glorify the use of assault weapons and drugs. Jay-Z, on the other hand…..Is he the only NBA owner allowed to call black men N—ers?”
Jay-Z profits from the worst and most sustaining self-enslaving stereotypes of black-American culture and I’M the racist? Some truths, I guess, are just hard to read, let alone think about. (Same column I provide support for Amar’e Stoudemire at a time when everyone in town is ripping him to shreds. That was my LEAD, too, but what does that matter?)
One could argue that he makes a valid point pertaining to the pervasive stereotypical images that have eroded commercialized Hip-Hop. Still, while Jay-Z is known for letting n-words and b-words fly from his mouth without hesitation, what Mushnick has done is used that as an excuse to say whatever he wants, in whatever tone that he wants, knowing he has the fallback excuse of “but he said it first.”
Noone’s buying it, Mushnick. You insulted women, men and a culture that is separate and apart of Jay-Z, no matter what your feelings may be about his lyrics.
The professional thing to do would be apologize. Otherwise, you look like twice the bigot that you did in the first place.