Race Matters: Katy Perry Introduced The Term “Misogynoir” To White America After Leslie Jones’ Nudes Leak

Race Matters: Katy Perry Introduced The Term “Misogynoir” To White America After Leslie Jones’ Nudes Leak

Katy Perry Introduced “Misogynoir” To White America After Leslie Jones’ Nudes Leak

Many celebs have voiced their support for comedian Leslie Jones following her nude leak by racist hackers. Singer Katy Petty tweeted about the situation and “introduced” a new term to mainstream America apparently reports Fish Wrapper:

Okay, first all, the talented and wonderful Leslie Jones was the target a vicious attack (the FBI is investigating). Everybody (well, not white supremacists or the anti-feminist crowd) was tweeting support to her, from politicians to fellow stars to countless fans. Katy Perry was among them.

So, first all, if you’re not familiar and think that maybe “misogynoir” is either that dressing you get with salads at sushi places or perhaps a film genre, the word refers specifically to the particularly vile combination misogyny and racism directed at black women. Like, racism is bad, sexism is bad, and the two intersect nightmarishly and impact black women in ways foreign to both black men and white women.

Anyway, Katy Perry should get credit for tweeting a decent thing here, but that’s it. She would probably agree, even.

There are countless people who’ve been using this term for ages, and we should not give credit to a white woman for using it publicly as if she’d just returned from a 19th Century expedition and was returning to Whiteville with a foreign cultural artifact.

We’re reminded when folks try to give white people credit for “discovering” sushi, or acai, or whatever. In those cases, it’s usually hipsters and not pop singers, but you get the same uneasy feeling that credit isn’t being given where credit is due.

Katy Perry’s tweet in support Leslie Jones:

Race Matters: Katy Perry Introduced The Term “Misogynoir” To White America After Leslie Jones’ Nudes Leak

But really?

Race Matters: Katy Perry Introduced The Term “Misogynoir” To White America After Leslie Jones’ Nudes Leak

Discuss.

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