In one of the most ignorant, blatantly racist stunts in media history, TMZ “reports” that Boston Marathon terror suspect, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, had an email address associated with the Hip-Hop site, “Real Hip-Hop,” suggesting that must have influenced him to allegedly bomb the Boston Marathon.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev has an email associated with the website, “Real-hiphop.com.” The site provides information about hip hop artists and upcoming DVD releases. What’s interesting … hip hop lyrics are notoriously violent and often degrading to women. Tamerlan Tsarnaev has a boxing profile in which he says he doesn’t take his shirt off much because he doesn’t want women to get bad ideas, adding, “I’m very religious.” This statement is significantly more conservative than the hip hop genre.
Hip-Hop — all of Hip-Hop — is “significantly” more dangerous than Eastern European suspected terrorists now?
The idea is so racially-charged and stereo-typical, that the Black Twittersphere erupted with the satirical hashtag #TMZReports where users are tweeting scathing and hilarious commentary in 140-characters or less using Hip-Hop lyrics.
See some of them below:
Critical race theory + Black Twitter + weariness of media's perception of Boston suspect's ethnicity = #TMZReports—
Saeed Jones (@theferocity) April 19, 2013
#TMZReports that suspect popped a molly, possibly sweating. UPDATE: Woooo—
Desus (@desusnice) April 19, 2013
#TMZReports Suspect releases statement: "If you don't judge my gold chains, I'll forget the iron chains"—
Ronnie Flaco (@MrRonnieLee) April 19, 2013
#TMZReports that the Tsarnaev brothers are responsible for letting the dogs out. In other news, Ray-J hit it first.—
(@ListenToLeon) April 19, 2013
#TMZReports that the police are about to make the suspect lose his mind. Up in here. Up in here.—
Kyle Madson (@MadSports8) April 19, 2013
#tmzreports that suspects have both light-skinned AND dark-skinned friends that resemble Michael Jackson.—
Pepper Labeige-ja (@FreedomReeves) April 19, 2013
#tmzreports suspect needs a hunnit black coffins fo a hunnit bad mennnnn—
mike cunningham (@Stunningham_3) April 19, 2013
With TMZ’s completely tangential Hip-Hop paragraph, the media’s need to bestow “other” status on these two Caucasian men raised in the heart of Boston has crossed the border into completely ridiculous. And Black Twitter is letting them know.