Him Too, Right?

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America is in the midst of a cultural revolution and things are only getting more in depth as the times roll on. It doesn’t necessarily make me proud to be an American,but it does make me click my heels at being black and female. Oprah Winfrey, Gabrielle Union, Octavia Spencer, Jessica Chastain, and Debra Messing, are just a few people making huge statements in this world for respect and equality.With campaigns like #TimesUp and #MeToo, there are hundreds of thousands of women standing in solidarity against sexual assault and unfair treatment in all things. Drastic changes are being made and people of Hollywood and corporate America are recognizing that there are some changs that are absolutely inevitable. I agree wholeheartedly. However I have gotten upset with the latest news on R&B legend, Elgin Lumpkin, better known as ‘Pony’crooner Ginuwine. There’s a video swirling the media of him and talks of bigotry.In the video show of the conversation being held on the tv show Ginuwine is a part of, they are having a very adult conversation about preference. The transgender woman goes on to make it clear that she considered herself just a woman. Nothing more, nothing less. She proceeds to place her arms around him and lean in for a kiss that he rapidly declines. It is the UK version of the TV show “Big Brother.” The only difference was that the woman was a transgender and Ginuwine has no interest in trans women. Which he has the RIGHT TO EXPRESS!

Let’s actualize somethings shall we?

Google’s definition of Sexual Harassment reads as follows, harassment (typically of a woman) in a workplace, or other professional or social situation, involving the making of unwanted sexual advances or obscene remarks. Which is exactly what occured. Ginuwine was not only sexually assaulted, he was he was sexually abused on national television, in an entirely different country than where he originates. Had it been the other way around, as it has been for a very long time which generated the “Me Too” movement, he’d be without a job and some woman would be winning an award or on the cover of a top magazine. No shade. Just facts. Why is his situation different because he’s male? Are males not subject to the same sort of disrespect as women or was great actor Terry Crews just making thing up as he came forward with what he suffered through? Maybe we should define Double Standard too? Because it’s evident that that’s exactly what’s going on here. His story isn’t being respected because he’s male and the movement seems to not be “for him”. Obviously there’s some tweaking that needs to be done to the message they are attempting to convey. #MeToo is all about rejecting unwanted sexual advances and not running the risk of losing your livelihood. Ginuwine relaxed his musical talent awhile ago, but I would hate this fiasco to stop any bag coming his way. He doesn’t deserve it. You don’t have to agree with something bc it’s politically correct , it is not mandated to conform to what others think is “right” or “ethical”. I see nothing wrong with what he did. He was not disrespectful, he was disinterested, as he is 100% entitled to be and express freely. If these are the fights our men are going to have to face in the near future, America we have a long way to go.

We’ll chat .

With Love,

Storie Stone

The Storie Will Be Televised

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