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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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76.

Stephen    



Seriously,this is a very talented and classy young lady.If you want to slam BET do it up front don't slander this lady for nothing....

2571 days ago
77.

Brook    

Oops! # 82 sorry #83.

2571 days ago
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Merley    

AL SHARPTON IS THE MOST RACIST PERSON KNOWN TO THE PUBLIC. What IS his job? Coke-head needs to get a job. How come he doesn't stop rappers from such? Double-standard? RACIST. AL SHARPTON IS ANTI-EVERYOTHER RACE EXCEPT BLACKS. Loser. Definition of RACISM = Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson. COrrupt wannabe politicians.

2571 days ago
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Mia    

Can't we all just get along??????

2571 days ago
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What Spice?    

Leave it to the Rev to get race involved! He must not be a regular reader, otherwise, he would have known that the term wasn't used for Ms Knowles, just her outfit! I swear, he needs to be concentrating on his boyz in the hood! He and the Rev Jackson.

2571 days ago
81.

Mia    

Bravo #91 Lenn K !!!

2571 days ago
82.

sick and tired    

Al does not speak for my race any more than Benonsense is the symbol of a strong, uplifting, or dignified black woman. The clothing that she performs in is almost always trashy as well as some of her performances. I remember the awards show where she pulled a very married Terrance Howard on the stage and gave him what basically amounted to a lap dance. Dignified? I think not. Al has been on point about a lot of things, but not this time. It was a commentary on an awful outfit, nothing more. By the way, she was grinding on stage then too singing about if somebody wants her body then get bodied. Both of them need to sit their overexposed behinds down.

2571 days ago
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Mia    

You already said that brook

2571 days ago
84.

mom    

Maybe if Al is so worried about the way black women are represented he should have watched vh1's charm school. Those girls throw around those names at each other all the time! Just saying! He just wants the public eye on him. Maybe he should try talking to all of the little gang bangers while he's at it.

2571 days ago
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What Spice?    

To #12, me too!

And #8, you're right. His speech, "I have a dream" didn't include the s**t Al and Jesse spill out of their mouths!

2571 days ago
86.

player please    

_ _ _ _ _ _ please...

2571 days ago
87.

kim suck    

who voted for this prick???

2571 days ago
88.

jd    

HEY SHARPTON, WHY DON'T YOU GO TO DARFUR AND FIGHT FOR A REAL CAUSE. BE SURE TO GET IN THE LINE OF FIRE WHILE YOU'RE THERE!

2571 days ago
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kim suck    

Merley --WELL SAID!!

2571 days ago
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joel    

Tell this piece of black trash to go find another cause. Try Tawana Brawley or some other fraud he cooked up. This psuedo reverend is one of the main causes for the "N" word not disappearing. I cannot find another word to describe him and his kind. He and Jesse "shakedown " jackson are the worst possible representatives of a group of people that deserve respect and dignity. Neither of these slimy pieces of human waste could be called a leader of anything other than personal enrichment and fraud. To even recognise his comments is stupid and just feeds into his crooked hands. I guess you understand that I don't like him, except maybe fried or broiled or barbequed.

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