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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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106.

RUBEN    

THEY ACTUALLY MISSPELLED THE WORD, THEY MEANT RO- HOBO.....HAS THE REVEREND LISTENED TO RAP LATELLY? OR IS IT TABOO TO GO AFER YOUR OWN RACE.....

2578 days ago
107.

amberbrushetteisasleaze    

hey al you are the nasty ho

2578 days ago
108.

Jo Jo    

GET THE NOOSE READY !!!!!!!!!!!!!

2578 days ago
109.

Paul    

Screw that biggot.

2578 days ago
110.

THEMOMMA    

GET OVER YOURSELF AL !!!!!!!!!! CHECK YOUR RAPPERS ...........

2578 days ago
111.

Southernbreeze    

As long as the rest of us back down, turn away, and apologize, we allow, and actually encourage people like this to continue to trample us under foot. And as for the "Reverend"
part, well, I just don't know. That title is thrown around so loosely anymore that it fails to
hold much respect. Primarily because a lot of those who say they speak what God desires,
are only fulfilling their own agenda. I think a lot of church people put these people on a higher plane than the rest of us, thus falling prey to them, and backing whatever they say.

2578 days ago
112.

Just-Me-Again    

I wonder, don-cha think we should take the Green Giant brand off the shelves now? Ha, ha.

2578 days ago
113.

Irene    

*** 118 *** - what the f--k are you talking about???? First of all Sharpton is a piece of crap with no good intentions. REVEREND??? Get out of town! He's as much a reverend as I am a nun. As far as the "N" word goes, black people use it all the time. Why is that ok? Children hear this & dont realize that it's NOT ok for a white person to say it.
You ever watch black stand up comics???? They talk about us white folk ALL the time & they use the "N" word all the time, but if the tables are turned FORGET ABOUT IT!
You ever hear of Black music awards, black movie awards, black this, black that, well the white people dont have WHITE MUSIC AWARD etc. etc.
You may think I'm prejudice, but I'm not, have a lot of black friends & have them over to my home, but they aren't prejudice toward white people either.
Sharpton is a rebel rouser, troublemaker and one sided.
Oh, by the way I live in HOWARD BEACH, remember hearing about that place???

2578 days ago
114.

Lenn K.    

#117 the word pillar is not what Jessie Jackson or Alvin Sharpton are all about. Jessie, who is a so-call Reverend got his so-call assistant pregnant while he was married for over 30 years and used donated money to pay her off. This is not a pillar! Big Al, well his record is littered with abuse of funds, T. Brawley, Freddy electronic where a man was murdered, and only Gods know what. These man are not leaders, they are crooks and the media keeps wheeling them out like they are the spokesmen for Black America.

2578 days ago
115.

detailer    

Sharpton needs a bullet in the head,hes such a phoney,its pathetic,and to think the black people idolize this idiot,wake up black america,,,,,,,,,,,,its a scam,this moron is doin nothing but bandstandingFOR HIMSELF NOT YOU,he plays the race card more than the other moron(Cochron ever did),oh ya for the record>>>>O.J.is guilty as sin and you all know it

2578 days ago
116.

Only swim in the Ocean    

I am going to name my child Al Sharpton

2578 days ago
117.

genie    

I agree with the comment about Sharpton just trying to jump on any bandwagon to get attention. He should spend his wasted days encouraging the rappers to STOP their demeaning of the whole human (female) race. Of course, Sharpton won't do that. I wonder why???

2578 days ago
118.

What!!!!!!!!!    

Racism in America is perpetuated by people like Sharpton so they have a job and have their 5 minutes of fame. I am so tired of hearing his babble - his double standard - and seeing his face. I need to see African-American's stop using the words he considers blatant racism before I will ever listen to him He so needs to get a real day job and work for a living

2578 days ago
119.

Irene    

HOYA - Your name starts with "HO" (lol) (ha ha ha)

2578 days ago
120.

eros    

What's next, Sharpton?
Are you going to sue Santa Claus for saying "HO HO HO!" ?????

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