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The Truth, The Ho Truth and Nothing But the Truth

7/9/2007 6:54 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Thank you Rev. Sharpton. In response to your statement questioning TMZ's use of the term "roboho," first and foremost, please note that we called Beyonce's performance outfit "roboho" not Ms. Knowles herself. There is a difference. One need not know a celebrity personally to have an opinion on their wardrobe. Joan Rivers created an entire industry based on this fact.

As to accusations that our comment was racially motivated, TMZ has humorously called into question many celebs for wearing racy outfits -- regardless of their race. In the past, TMZ referred to Victoria Beckham, aka Posh Spice, as "poshtitute," Hulk Hogan's daughter a "working girl" and called Lindsay Lohan's trashy ensemble a "HO-rror." A tight mini-dress is a tight mini-dress! Even Kid Rock got a humorous "ho" reference in a December 2006 story, and last we checked, he was neither Black nor a woman.

The point of the BET Awards story was to humorously highlight the fashion missteps of celebrity attendees at the show. We were making light of their outfits -- not who they are as people. With everything serious going on in our world, if you can't make fun of something as superficial as awards show clothing, then what can you make fun of? TMZ has done similar fashion stories for the Oscars, Grammys, Emmys, CMTs, etc. If nothing else, the wardrobe critique of the BET Awards proved that TMZ is an equal opportunity offender when it comes to the snarky fashion policing of Hollywood.

We ask you, should the word "ho" be banned? Or only in reference to Black women? Isn't the context in which a word is used almost as important, if not more so, than the actual word? While others may have used the term with maliciousness -- we clearly did not. It was a humor piece -- as all of our fashion roundup stories are.

TMZ appreciates your feedback, Rev. Sharpton, and the dialogue it has opened, but it is clear that the only thing more subjective than what is fashionable, is what one finds funny.

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babygirlwade    

beyonce is a dumb ho..why does she have to wear that bull anyway?? remember the days when real singers like AALIYAH would just wear a top and matching pants and still rock the house.beyonce walks around dressed like common street walker! being black female myself im sorry al sharpton took offense to TMZ comment on her but beyonce needs someone to tell her the truth and the truth is she dresses like a ho.

2577 days ago
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onogoed    

Most of us know Beyonce 'has it' and Sharpton should keep his comments to his followers, I'm sure if we were to look closely we would find a 'ho' in those that follow and abide by his words of some what , religion ? ? ? Or does he preach something his mommy taught him ?

2573 days ago
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Tangie    

Excellent retort, TMZ!!!

2601 days ago
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Redneck Messiah    

so get over it sharpton, youre a racist too!

2601 days ago
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Christy    

Awesome response!

2601 days ago
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Anexio    

Rev. Al is a racist SOB. Listen to his radio show sometime, it'll scare the hell out of you.

He's just ignorant.

2601 days ago
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Karma    

Oh please...Reverend Al "racist" Sharpton should get over it....everyone else has.

2601 days ago
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p1tey1    

TMZ is an equal opportunity offender!!!

LMAO

2601 days ago
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Steph    

SHE IS A HO! A HO LOT OF CRAP!!!!! SOOO TIRED OF HER!!!! GO AWAY!!!!! AND TAKE YOUR REVEREND WIT YA!!!!!

2601 days ago
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Hoed out    

I'm tired of people getting so touchy especially when it comes to black girls. Get over it, no one is trying to attack you because of your color...stop being so paranoid!

2601 days ago
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Marty Dixson    

Yo Go TMZ!! Being a black women myself, I took no offense to the comment!! Al needs to sit his azz down!!

2601 days ago
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huh    

Never let the FACTS get in the way of a GOOD RANT when it comes

to the "Reverend Al"

See......TAWANA BRAWLEY!!!!

hE IS tHE bIGGEST rACE bAITer oN tHE pLANeT!!!!

2601 days ago
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Yaarbz    

Sharpton is as lame as anyone person on Earth. He's the racist... Wanker!

Cheers,

Yarbz

2601 days ago
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Alec Baldwin    


Reverend Al.......

Master

Baiter

of

Race

Relations



2601 days ago
15.

Alex    

This was a great response TMZ...I agree 100%

2601 days ago
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