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Dr. Oz, and Michelle Obama… Dougie Dance, Yes Sexist Profanity of the Lyrics.

September 13, 2012 by  
Filed under Ent., Music, News, Opinion, Politics, Weekly Columns

(ThyBlackMan.com) Michelle Obama took a visit with Dr. Oz on his TV show, using her popularity to bolster her husband’s chances at reelection.  Michelle is a superstar in the Obama campaign strategy, as she is one of the most beloved figures in America.

The episode with Dr. Oz, which airs on September 12, shows the first lady “getting down” with Dr. Oz, teaching him about the use of dance as a great way to exercise.  One of the things to love about Michelle Obama is that she’s very serious about kids eating healthy and engaging in physical activity.  Michelle Obama’s work is necessary in a world where too many of our kids have turned into chubby little Playstation addicts who can’t spell the word “NBA.”

One of the things that the first lady did for Dr. Oz was introduce him to a dance called “The Dougie.”  The dance is popular among teens, but has been appreciated by people around the world.  The first lady, being the cool, hip  woman that she is, introduced Dr. Oz to “black culture” by showing him how to do the dance.  The dance goes along with the song, “Teach Me How to  Dougie,” which was also a huge hit.

Of course, we can debate why the Obamas “just happen” to be the “singingest,” “dancingest” White House duo in American history.    Some would say it has to do with the long history of black folks making whites happiest when we are singing and dancing for them.  President Obama once said that he learned long ago that it’s very important to make white people feel comfortable.   He does that much better than I do, and dancing/singing is always a great way to do it.  But to use the words of Harrison Ford in the film “Clear and Present Danger,” I’d have to say:  ”I’m sorry Mr. President, but I don’t dance.”

We can also debate whether or not teaching people “how to Dougie” is the most productive use of our time when it comes to achieving cross-racial understanding:   Some cultures might introduce art.  Some introduce religion.  Maybe black people shouldn’t be relegated to teaching white folks the latest dance fads.  But then again, I’m probably jealous because I don’t know how to dance myself.

But here’s the thing that should probably concern us all.  Michelle Obama may not have ever actually heard the uncensored lyrics to the song “Teach Me How to Dougie,” performed by the rap group, “Cali Swag District.”  I’m a fan of hip hop, so I sometimes crinkle my brow when I see people dancing to songs that contain some of the most sexist, racist, violent lyrics known to man (as I wonder, “He just called you a dirty &^%*$ and you’re dancing to his song?”).

When I noted my concerns on my Facebook page, I was confronted with the words “Lighten up,”  as if I were being too serious.   I am always confused when I hit that awkward moment when I realize that I am arguing with a woman about why terms like “b*tch” and “hoe” are disrespectful to her.  Someone said to me, “Look, if women don’t mind being called b*tches, then why are you arguing with them?”  I then said, “I don’t think that Michelle Obama is a b*tch, no matter what anyone says.”  But when the rappers of this song say, “Cause all the b*tches love me,” they are referring to everyone with female genitalia, including Michelle Obama, as she dances right along with them.

I even wonder if the first lady has a fact checker who actually goes and listens to the songs that she’s dancing to, to make sure that Fox News doesn’t get that information first.

In case she hasn’t heard the song “Teach Me How to Dougie,” I’d like to share a sample of the lyrics:

Can u teach me how to dougie?

You know why?

‘Cause all da b*tches love me 

All I need is a beat that’s super bumpin’

And for you, you, you to back it up and dump it (translation:  “I would like for all those women with large booties to shake them in my face like they’re earning their college tuition at a strip club”)

Cali Swag goes on with their hit song with the standard hip hop music formula of teaching black men to have sex with as many women as possible.  Of course I become the wet blanket when I mention that we lead the nation in STD infections, but we can talk about that later:

I show my moves off and errbody tryna do me

I leave da function and all da ladies tryna screw me

You just do you and I’ma do me (all day)

N*ggas love to hate so they try to shoot me (please note:  M-Bone, one of the members of Cali Swag District, was murdered last year)

B*tches be stuck to me I think they tryna glue me

Of course we all know the chorus so the song, which made it popular on the radio:

Teach me how to dougie

Teach me, teach me how to dougie

All my b*tches love me

All my, all my b*tches love me

All my b*tches love me

You ain’t f*ckin wid my dougie! 

Step up in da club and all these b*tches bug me

All da niggas dancin’, none of them know me

Here are a few more lyrics to the song that the first lady and others are performing for Dr. Oz:

Back of the party I don’t really like to boogie

I’m just tryna get bent and meet a thick redbone

(Mmm) she do her dougie and all them b*tches hatin’ but I’m bout

To escape with a b*tch and head home (f*ck it)

She got her friends so is a two man and

And I wanna run it even if her legs long

She like you hubby, I think she love me but,

I change da subject and I do my dougie

Cuz, I don’t give a f*ck, blow trees, get money

Me, smoove, hef in the back with playboy bunnies

We gon’ make em do the dougie in the middle of da bed

And when I asked for some head da b*tch looked at me funny

Daaah! b*tch you can’t tell me nothin star make the beat

 

Mind you, I’m not saying that this song isn’t catchy.  I’m definitely not trying to be nasty toward Michelle Obama.  But I’ll admit that I grow increasingly concerned about living in a community that shares its “culture” in such a derogatory, stereotypical way, even at the highest levels.  The misogyny of the song, as well as the standard model of extreme black self-degradation, is part of the norm that led to the murder of one of the rappers in Cali Swag district (he was killed in a drive-by shooting).

The murder of one of the people who created this song (M-Bone), in conjunction with the first lady’s decision to do the dance on the national stage, is oddly correlated with the recent spike in deadly violence taking place in the first lady’s home city of Chicago. Much of this violence is rooted in commercialized hip-hop music, which has transformed itself into a blueprint for black male self-destruction.   The recent murder of Chicago rapper Lil Jojo , possibly at the hands of associates of a rival artist (Interscope Records artist Chief Keef) serves as a perfect case-in-point.   After the death of the boy who wasn’t even old enough to vote for President Obama in the election, other teens rejoiced about his murder on Twitter.  They were happy that he was shot in the face so that his mother couldn’t have an open casket funeral. One of the teens even said that he hopes Jojo’s mother holds off on burying the body, so she could also bury his twin brother along with him.

The first lady can teach us a lot of things:  How to be intelligent, how to be graceful, how to be extraordinary.  But one thing she may not want to teach us is how to Dougie.  When I look around and see what commercialized hip-hop music continues to do to the psyches of our children, there’s nothing inside me that wants to go out and party.  If I were to brag that “I’m a great scholar cause all the b*tches love me,” I would know that I was disrespecting every black woman in America, starting with my mother, grandmother, sister and daughters, and that’s NOT what being black is all about.

Staff Writer; Dr. Boyce Watkins
 
Dr. Boyce Watkins is the founder of the Your Black World Coalition. For more information, please visit http://BoyceWatkins.com.
 
 

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  3. Darlene Coleman says:

    I, too, love Michelle Obama, but I don’t at all think your concern is misplaced. We ALL need to be careful about reinforcing negative stereotypes, just so we can be “hip” or “cool”. Being called a derogatory name of any kind is NEVER cool or hip.

  4. CatoRenasci says:

    I guess it’s racist to say Michelle has sure got sooomme rhythm!

  5. Mrs. Obama has done a fantastic job supporting the community and getting us all to eat, move, respect our enlisted, support the president, and be the mom in chief. Her support of the Dougie is her way of being hip. I have no problem with it.

  6. I’m sure our FLOTUS is using the cleansed version and I have no problem with her suggesting that we move and eat healthy. In fact, I support her dougie and Let’s Move programs – 100%. We do have too many fat bodies in our community and the nation as a whole. She also spends a lot of time on Military families, supporting the president, and being an exemplary mother. So, getting hung up over the “dougie” is a waste of time. You should get upset with our communities inability to open up beauty supply stores, cleaners, and fast food stores in our neighborhoods. That’s something to get all riled up behind and eradicate before moving on to non-issues.

  7. say what says:

    Michelle teaches America how to Dougie and Obama raps with Pimp with a Limp while unemployment in the black and Hispanic communities are at an all time high, carry on.

  8. angela says:

    I’m sure she listens to the clean version . It’s the dance not the song people. Black folks really all this woman has done to uplift or community and we are crying over this.

  9. John says:

    This article reminds me why it is difficult for me to laugh with White people because too often they have a subtle way to insult us! I cannot believe that the First Lady danced on a rap song where the word b* is used!

  10. Melissa Sue says:

    Fantasic article that speaks the real truth about everything going on in socierty. Not only is the music killing our black men and women tv is too. Everything is about sex, drugs, money and power. There’s too much ignorance and not enough intelligence. Your a great writer and please continue to shed light on the truth.

  11. hoodgirl says:

    Great Article. I remember the Oscar winning song “It’s Hard Out Here for A Pimp”. You couldn’t tell us Jack because we had arrived by receiving recognition from the Academy Awards for our “originality”. At the end of the day, we’re going to have to realize that validition comes from within so that we can denounce the actions of ANYONE who obstructs our growth!

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