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Kanye West did some soul-searching on Twitter the other day: the megastar rapper waxed philosophical on the topic of whether or not it's okay to call a woman a "bitch."
Apparently the seed of Kanye's introspection was planted when he referred to his current girlfriend, Kim Kardashian, as his "perfect bitch." Although Kardashian was reportedly flattered by the comment, it occurred to Kanye in a blinding flash of clarity that maybe calling women bitches isn't the nicest thing to do:
"I usually never tweet questions but I struggle with this so here goes... Is the word BITCH acceptable? To be more specific, is it acceptable for a man to call a woman a bitch even if it's endearing?"
He continued his musing over more than a dozen tweets:
"Has hip hop conditioned us to accept this word? Do we love this word as much as we love the word NI**A in an endearing way?"
"correction, Here's the age old question, would we refer to our mothers as bitches? Would' we call our fathers ni****s or better yet NI**AS?"
"Perhaps the words BITCH and NI**A are now neither positive or negative. They are just potent and it depends on how [they] are used and by whom?
#FREETHOUGHT indeed. Minutes later, he plunged even deeper into the philosophical morass:
"What if there was no profanity ... What if we decided to legalize profanity in a sense?"
Wow. Call him Jean-Paul Kanye and stick him in a drafty garret in Paris's 14th arrondissment already. I guess it's nice that he's considering the history, meaning and re-appropriation of language. But aren't these revelations kind of laughable in the face of his extensive record of dead-eyed "bitches" gyrating in music videos?