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Sharpton to TMZ: "Roboho" a Big No No

7/9/2007 6:52 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Al SharptonNational Action Network President Al Sharpton has set his sights on TMZ.com over the word "Roboho" in a fashion piece that was published two weeks ago:

"Calling any woman a "ho" is demeaning and abusive and it should not be tolerated on any level. It is intolerable to think that TMZ.com would find humor in calling Beyonce -- someone who symbolizes the strength, dignity and uplifting of Black women -- a "Roboho," and they should be denounced by the entire community for glorifying the continued oppression of women with this derogatory term. Racism in America is perpetuated by ignorance and hate and using one's airwaves or media entity to promote it is a blatant setback to civil rights and the advancement of equality.

National Action Network has been in the forefront of protesting the word "ho" and will hold a 20-city tour featuring 100 women in each market on August 7th to protest the use of the word "ho" as well as the "N" and "B" words. We encourage TMZ.com to retract their misogynistic labeling of Beyonce and apologize immediately."

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136.

Reality    

Paris is a ho, Lindsay is a ho and Britney is a ho, ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho

2571 days ago
137.

Dan    

One thing Beyonce is NOT is a HO. Although I hate TMZ's self righteous BS (and Sharptons too), it certainly was not a reference to Beyonce herself (and I'm not even a fan of hers..)

2571 days ago
138.

Sucessful Black Man    

The majority of people really need to chill with all this slave talk. The majority of White people in America, when the population of African slaves was at it's peak, NEVER OWNED AFRICAN SLAVES. It's very simple math. At the peak of Slavery in America there was, according to census data, about 4 million African American slaves. The population was OVER 31 MILLION. So not nearly every White man in America owned a slave, not even CLOSE. 4 million slaves doesn't mean 4 million slaves owners. What, you think it was one slave per person?!? Plantation owners would own dozens of slaves. thousands of people owning many slaves each meant alot less slaves to go around. If you are White and poor or White and middle class, the chances are your ancestors never even laid eyes on a slave. Sharpton has literally bamboozled a large percentage of Black America to the point where they are more inclined to dream about repirations that are NEVER coming as oppsed to doing something for themselves. Do you think Puffy or Russel Simmons or Colin Powell (born in HARLEM btw) sat around crying about slavery?!? Hells naw, they went out and built for themselves! The past is not to be forgotten but it shouldn't hold us back either. It was only the rich-ass Whites who could afford slaves anyway and the majority of Whites you see on the street are NOT descended from them. Sharpton is the worst kind of shameless con man. He holds ALOT of responsibility in this country for people NOT being able to get over race. For making some White people feel responsible for slavery when it was their very ancestors that fought against it in the Civil War. Sharpton preys upon peoples feeling of inadequacies and instead of helping people overcome them he influences them to dwel on them. What a sad, sad, FRAUD.

2571 days ago
139.

sickofKate    

Very few people are more racist than you Rev. Sharpton. You refered to Beyonce as "someone who symbolizes the strength, dignity and uplifting of Black women". Why not of "women"? Why does it have to be "black women"? You scream racism all the time and no one separates black and white more than you and Jesse Jackson. Beyonce appears to be a strong woman...period. Why does she have to be labled as black? I don't need you to point out her skin color. You're the one who sees black and white and feels the need to separate them. You're the racist one. I would love to see you ranting and raving if there were a White Entertainment Television Awards Show. You are nothing but a racist hypocrite...oh, excuse me...a BLACK racist hypocrite!

2571 days ago
140.

Kevin M Ahern    

THIS GUY IS A MORON I HATE HIM TROUBLE MAKER AL SHOULD CRAWL BACK IN HIS HOLE

2571 days ago
141.

ccb    


I am sick and tired of these people, Sharpton, Jackson and the likes. They should be shot.

2571 days ago
142.

Esweet45    

As an African-American female with a sense of humor, I truly wish Rev Al would go somewhere and sit down. I'm sorry, did I miss his apology to the Lacrosse team members who suffered needlessly because, as usual, the Rev shot off his big mouth without knowing the facts? He needs to remove the Rev from his name....it's a disgrace to the cross of Jesus Christ

2571 days ago
143.

Mechelle    

SORRY< but Beyone and dignity in the same sentence? The girl dances like a ho, she sells sex everyday to push her albums. She is a hypocrite in her songs, she is probably the most sexual artist today regarding her videos. Have you HEARD her song Kitty Kat? Have you read the words. Hmmm... Al Sharpton is a joke.

2571 days ago
144.

Just-Me-Again    

To # 168: I am very offended and demand Reparations of you and your entire race. You said Ho in the same sentence in which you directed communication to me. Where is Al now?

2571 days ago
145.

geez    

OMG! he can not be serious! He just needs to get a life and STAY out of everyone elses!
it was a joke..J.O.K.E... GAWD!

2571 days ago
146.

Dramainthebahamas    

Why doesn't Sharpton focus on all the black people who use the word ho.

http://myspace.com/dramainthebahamas

2571 days ago
147.

Cindy    

Racism in America is perpetated and kept alive by Al Sharpton.

2571 days ago
148.

PhillipP    

TWANA BRAWLEY

2571 days ago
149.

You're All Losers    

Al, we need to talk.

2571 days ago
150.

charles    

al sharpton you need to grow up and really get a life the people are tired of your negative responce toward the white man its ok for you to call a white man a cracker and all so grow up you dam idiot

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