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Al Sharpton to TMZ: "Roboho" a Big No-No

7/10/2007 1:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Al SharptonNational Action Network President Al Sharpton has set his sights on 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 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.

Al sharpton -- click to launch Harvey Levin -- click to play
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 to retract their misogynistic labeling of Beyonce and apologize immediately."

TMZ's Response:

In response to your statement questioning TMZ's use of the term "roboho" in our BET Awards fashion story, please note that we called Beyonce's performance outfit a "roboho" not Ms. Knowles herself. There is a difference. 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. We've called Lindsay Lohan's trashy ensemble a "HO-rror" and even gave Kid Rock a humorous "ho" reference in a December 2006 story. 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.

Britney: Taco Belle

Britney SpearsWearing an athletic tee that says "NO PUSHOVER," and apparently NO BRA, a brown-haired Brit-Brit resisted the siren call of the chalupa at a recent gas station bathroom break.

The toxic fashion disaster singer was spotted making a pit stop in Malibu while a mystery man/friend waited in her idling Mercedes. Britney had time to secure a new crapariffic ammo belt from a local military surplus store.

After checking her Cher-weave, Miss Thing skipped a run for the border. When ya gotta go, ya'll gotta go!

Trashy Brit -- click to launch

Nicole Richie in Deep

The Commissioner in the Nicole Richie DUI case did not grant the continuance Nicole Richie wanted. Period.
Nicole Richie and Joel Madden
As TMZ first reported, Richie's lawyer asked for a continuance until August 5th, because her expert witness, Dr. Terence McGee, was not available to testify then. Commissioner Steven Lubell was visibly upset and ordered both Nicole's lawyer, Shawn Chapman Holley, and the prosecutor into chambers. When the Commissioner came out, he said he would not rule on the continuance and ordered all parties into court tomorrow morning at 8:30 AM -- that's when the trial is scheduled to begin.

Nicole Richie -- click to launchSeems like Nicole is in a pickle. She flew to Calgary last night with baby daddy Joel Madden, who is performing a gig in the Great White North. Will Nicole bail on the concert and come back to face the Commish?

We'll let you know!

The Next Paris Hilton?

Paris Hilton: Click to watchPrepare to be creeped out -- Paris Hilton's biggest fan is a tiny 4-year-old girl.

Showing off posing skills eerily similar to those of her ex-con/socialite hero, a precocious little gal from Florida waited outside Hilton's home last night for the chance to meet the star of "One Night in Paris" and "Bottoms Up." Don't these kids have bedtimes anymore?!

When Paris emerged, the heiress worked it for the cameras with the little one right by her side -- though it's clear the younger of the two has a lot to learn about handling flashbulbs!


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752, dodger??? Just how ignorant are you? You doon't need to answer... Anyone who reads your comment will know. When I was in the first grade, "I" learned to always capitalize I and the first letter of my name. Did you not get that far in school? Dats, yall, yal, nuthin. Not words. Try to look them up in a dictionary. That's a book that can help you spell. You refered to beyonce (should have been Beyonce, again, that tricky first letter in a name rule) as a Ho, and as a hoe. Hoe, noun - A tool used for weeding. Again, dictionary. TMZ never said Beyonce (notice I used a capital B) was a ho. They said her outfit looked like Robo-ho. "For all i can care yall can kick rocks...." Don't even get me started on the last sentence that I cut and pasted from your comment. I can't believe you even have a computer or internet as far back in the swamps your ass lives. "white people aint no good.. yall aint nuthin but crooks" and think yall rule the world.. Again,cut and pasted from your comment. Check the facts on the population of BLACK PEOPLE vs white people in our prison system. I put black people in all caps for you, just like you did above, just to help you see what a clown you are. I am going to wrap up now even though I, notice the capital I, could go on for hours. I am going to go make a donation to The United Negro College Fund since there is no such thing as The United WHITE College Fund. Remember, the mind is a terrible thing to waste. Never mind, too late.

2625 days ago


Al Sharpton is a loser--let's send him to Iraq and see how long he will last. Toss jackson in the bag also.

2625 days ago


It is so interesting what Sharpton focuses on. Right now, Michael Vick, is indicted on criminal charges that are sadistic and vile. What role model is he sending to our youth? The acts of violence towards harmless creatures is horrific, and sadistic in nature, yet we don't even hear a whisper from Sharpton. You would think he would deplore publicly the outrage of this "role model" and his criminal activity.

Instead he chooses to fight words, not actions. He got Imus fired and now goes after TMZ. He is a joke and stands for nothing.

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