The entire thread is incredibly long (it’s 12:30pm the next day and it’s still going) and riddled with retweets and responses from several others, both agreeing and disagreeing with her logic, some of whom the singer engages with.
This particular narrative when it comes to responsibility, sexuality, and girl’s/women’s bodies is nothing new, but it was surprising (and disappointing, in my opinion) to come from someone like Badu, who consistently shares messages of female empowerment and self-love. So yea, when I saw this going down, I thought, “Please, Erykah, log off.”
But some others needed to log off right along with her. While many expressed sincere concern for her stream of consciousness and offered up logical discussion points, others went right for the drag, something that social media thrives and dies off of:
These are just a couple of examples, but the main points were calling her out for being a “rapper baby mama” or naked in her own video as an adult. Now, I’m not sure what her family situation and being naked in a music video have to do with her current Twitter rant, but here we are. Y’all, someone needs to help Erykah out, but we clearly don’t need to go down this path. It seems that every time someone says something that the masses disapprove of on the internet, the e‑pitchforks come out, and all bets are off. But just yesterday, Erykah was everyone’s favorite incense touting auntie. It makes me wonder if people are this fickle in real life. Reactions were similar after Ayesha Curry self righteously tweeted about trends and respectability. I get it — dragging people on the internet is “the thing” to do. But it’s not productive, progressive, or feminist. I think this sums it up pretty well:
And this tweet ultimately is how I currently feel about this entire thing:
Erykah, please — I “didn’t know,” but I would like you to stop going “on & on,” take a “window seat” because we’re in “danger.”
What do you all think of Badu’s tweets and the responses? Do you think people go too far when they disagree with someone on the internet?