Republicans aren’t as seriously concerned about courting African Americans as they claimed to be during last year’s mid-term elections. We know it — and they know it. In yet another racially-charged and stereotypical statement directed at black people by a high-profile Republican leader, Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor and a possible 2016 presidential candidate, took aim at Jay Z and Beyonce.
Huckabee actually called Jay Z a “pimp” in his forthcoming book about today’s “fractious” American society, God, Guns, Grits, and Gravy, to be released Jan. 20. In one section of his book, Huckabee focused on Jay Z and Beyonce’s 2014 Grammys performance, “Drunk in Love,” which Huckabee called “foreplay.”
“My reaction: Why? Beyonce is incredibly talented –- gifted, in fact. She has an exceptional set of pipes and can actually sing. She is a terrific dancer –- without the explicit moves best left for the privacy of her bedroom. Jay Z is a very shrewd businessman, but I wonder: Does it occur to him that he is arguably crossing the line from husband to pimp by exploiting his wife as a sex object?” Huckabee wrote.
Why did Huckabee need to use “pimp” to describe Jay Z’s relationship with Beyonce? I would argue that Beyonce has offered more risqué performances as a solo artist where Jay Z was nowhere to be found. Also, “Drunk in Love” is a song from Beyonce’s album, not Jay Z’s. But more importantly, here’s a potential candidate for President of the United States calling a popular – and married – black rapper a “pimp.”
What an offensive stereotype to perpetuate, particularly and at a time when the GOP claims to have an ongoing outreach campaign to attract black voters.