Practice What You Preach: Musings on ABG, CFC, and Accountability

First, here’s the link to Andrea Plaid’s awesome response to ABG’s no-pology.  Let me say this upfront, I’m not a huge fan of this show, it’s just not my thing. However, I have watched the evolution of it, including the calls for support earlier this year when ABG’s creators needed funds to finish episode eight, I think.  Regardless, I KNOW that their LGB and especiallly T, fans stepped up to the plate and supported this show and its creators. So I am appalled at their lack of sensitivity and awareness and downright dismissal of our reactions to this most recent offensive episode.

I am even more disappointed in the CFC’s defense of the show and it’s creators after this no-pology was received.  I followed the comments on Facebook and was pretty surprised at their refusal to really call out ABG for their refusal to even acknowledge the wrong had occurred. I am reminded of several posts in months past where they’ve called out white women, Black men, homophobes, racists, sexists, misogynists, Tyler Perry, other cultural critics, and who knows who else for their privilege, foul comments, lack of accountability and awareness of these same folks’ racism, sexism, etc.  Still, they seem to have given AGB a pass.  Why? Because she’s Black? Awkward? A friend?  I don’t know. What I do know that is that AGB should not be given a pass because you like the show. They should not be given a pass because they’re Black, because as we all know, Black folks can be prejudiced, sexist, trans- and homophobic too.  So what happened to the Crunk? There was nothing crunk about their response to the response.  Opening a dialogue about these issues with ABG is one thing, but dismissing your own followers for calling you out on your own refusal to really take them to task on issues that you take everyone else to task for is something else.

As a Black lesbian feminist I respect your right to do whatever you choose in the service of your own activism. However, I also expect that you practice what you preach, especially with “one of your own.” I’ve followed the CFC for the past couple of years, so I’m a little shocked and disappointed and after reading the comments on your Facebook page, I know that I’m not alone.

With my apologies to Audre Lorde, “Anger is an appropriate response to [trans and homophobic] attitudes, as is fury when the actions arising from those attitudes do not change.”  We cannot expect folks like ABG and others like them to change their attitudes, language, or behavior towards other marginalized groups if we give them a pass because we think it’s funny.  In fact, it makes us angry when we see these things continue to happen.  I’m angry, and although I’m not a fan of the show anyway, I’m angry because a group of feminists doing work I respect seem to have lost their crunk.  So I beg you, get crunk with the same righteous indignation that you show when Tyler Perry continues to denigrate and demean Black women in his movies. The same crunk that you’ve shown when you’ve called out folks like Tracy Morgan, or racist white feminists.

Otherwise, someone is going to have to pull your crunk card.

In solidarity,

Sister Outsider

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