What's beef? Beef is when you need two gats to go to sleep
Beef is when your moms ain't safe up in the streets
Beef is when I see you
Guaranteed to be in ICU, one more time
What's beef? Beef is when you make your enemies start your Jeep
Beef is when you roll no less than thirty deep
Beef is when I see you
Guaranteed to be in ICU, check it (The Notorious BIG)
Who is Tomi Lahren (exactly)? Another talking head in the world of conservative politicized attention seeking, and before her rant about Beyonce’s Superbowl performance, she was just another element of white noise (excuse the pun) that comes out of that area of media politicized information. Just another voice in the wind.
But social media may have given her relevance by allowing her to use a rap beef strategy to gain celebrity. Now this is nothing new. Donald Trump is running a whole campaign using rap beef strategies and what’s crazy is that it’s working. Here’s the bad part, rap beef strategies were developed out of an entertainment escape moment, nothing to be taken seriously and definitely nothing to be used to politicize foolish attention seeking agendas. As a matter of fact, when a certain rap beef grew so big, 2 hiphop legends got killed (and to this day there are those who still use these deaths to get attention). Didn’t we learn anything? I guess not.
Look Fox News is built off this kind of foolishness but social media has to make sure we are not the accelerant for a social explosion that when it blows up that all the talking heads run for cover in their gated communities (really like Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck is gonna fight anyone). At its simplest this behavior is wreckless, at its worst, conspiratorial (but really y it’s just dumb)
Ms Lahren has a right to speak her mind, as did Beyonce. What’s the real issue is Ms Lahren and Beyonce are using social media for an unconscious attention seeking moment and will either of them be in the streets if it goes bad or will they both be hiding in their building that’s being guarded by an underpaid doorman.
What’s real? Social media shouldn’t used as a lighter fluid or distraction. What’s funny is that more people gave this trending attention in the urban community than the presidential election New Hampshire primary (now that couldn’t have been the goal of Ms Lahren, that would have taken thought and responsibility). Let’s keep entertainment, entertainment (that goes to you also Mr. Trump because as you saw with the Funny and Die spoof, that sword is sharp on both sides and they have just gotten started) and quit teetering on the dangerous practice of using distraction tactics to inspire those who are just trying to be entertained into being the crowd mob for some people’s personal attention seeking gain.
Rap Beefs are great for the hiphop media business but it’s still a dumb idea. It’s even dumber in the social and political arenas. “Ideas are small electrical charges that don’t stand up in the court of reality…” Dean Martin. Mr. Martin that was and is so true.