It’s been awhile, but we finally have another post-Imus media sensitivity moment: Al Sharpton has launched a protest campaign against TMZ. TMZ’s staff referred to Beyonce Knowles‘ BET Awards outfit [above] as her “Roboho” costume in a fashion parody piece. In a sad day for fashion bloggers everywhere, TMZ has already changed their wording: “Roboho” is now “BeyonceTron.”
Here’s the official call to arms from Sharpton’s National Action Network:
Calling any woman a “ho” is demeaning and abusive and it should not be tolerated on any level. It is intolerable to think that TMZ.com would find humor in calling Beyonce — someone who symbolizes the strength, dignity and uplifting of Black women — a “Roboho,” and they should be denounced by the entire community for glorifying the continued oppression of women with this derogatory term. Racism in America is perpetuated by ignorance and hate and using one’s airwaves or media entity to promote it is a blatant setback to civil rights and the advancement of equality.