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Nelly Still Hurt by Spelman Protest Over ‘Tip Drill’ : ‘You Robbed Me’

nelly2In 2004, Nelly was scheduled to host a bone-marrow drive at Spelman College but canceled after a group of women planned a protest against the sexually explicit images in his music video at the time called Tip Drill. The most shocking image showed a young man swiping a credit card in between the derriere of a young woman.

The Country Grammar rapper planned the drive to urge students to enlist for a bone-marrow registry. The drive could have potentially found a donor for Nelly’s sister Jacqueline Donahue, who suffered from leukemia. Donahue died the following year.

The Spelman women called the rapper a coward for refusing to attend and address the misogyny in rap music that he contributes to. Nelly has long contended that the protestors were ill-intentioned. Years after the tragic death of his sister, he still holds the same point of view.

In a recent interview with HuffPost Live, he said:

“The Spelman thing, the only thing I feel I would’ve did different is kick somebody’s ass…that’s just how it felt to me, pimp. I don’t have my sister. And I doubt it if half of those girls are still campaigning for what they quote, unquote took advantage for that opportunity for.”

He added, “You [protesters] robbed me of an opportunity. Unfairly, my brother. Because we could’ve still had your conversation after I got my opportunity, but it could’ve been somebody that was coming to that bone marrow drive that day that was possibly a match for my sister. That didn’t come because of that.”

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5 thoughts on “Nelly Still Hurt by Spelman Protest Over ‘Tip Drill’ : ‘You Robbed Me’

  1. So Nelly feels hurt because of the rejection from black women after he insults them?
    So he propagates the images and the stereo types about the black community
    appropriating a black niggerized sexual narrative hidden under the gauze of supposed black culture for wealth and success then for all of a sudden for a moment in his personal life he suffers a tragedy and asked that same community to come forward and safe the day for him?
    Whats even more interesting is how he still only recognizes his loss and "victimization" and not those of the black women that he puts on display.
    Life isn't with out a sense of irony.

  2. Tendayi Regis Mutokonyi says:

    I think Nelly is right, they could have talked after the Road trip, and anyway "it takes two to tango". Women sell their bodies and we buy them, it has been a fact of life since Eve. Get over it that's the way it is…

  3. Ok… so… its pretty obvious we don't agree here so this is my feeling, I wouldn't deny that perhaps they could have had a conversation after the fact but I would also suggest that that's no longer Nellys call, these woman have no obligation to speak with him about anything after his degrading behavior, if they should at any point do or not do so then that would be their choice which is to be respected what ever the outcome.
    I personally feel it becomes a bit arrogant when men start to push their ideas upon women and tell them how to deal with male prejudice because Ill be damned if I let a white person tell me how to manger being a victim of racism, especially when that aggression doesn't target them neither will they need to live or die by the consequence of what ever decision a black person may take, better or for worse.
    The point you raised that women sell their bodies is an interesting point but only if the women protesting were the women from the video shoot and not educated persons with self respect.
    As you said women have been selling their bodies since Eve, well you know what else has been happening since Eve, patriarchy, mass rape, exploitation and structural sexism by men creating the myth that women are inferior, Im just saying please lets not miss that little bit out.
    Black boys kill other black boy as a legacy of ignorance and self hatred formed by a history of racism which many of us are trying to tackle but I suppose your rational would be well they do it to them selves so all forms of racism should be allowed to prevail because hey, look how we treat each other.
    Rather than those of us who do not endorse this behaviour, taking a stand against police states who feel its their duty to kill us and black male entertainers who perpetuate the idea of gangsterism towards others who look just like us being an acceptable mode of conduct.
    As men who privilege from these ideas and the treatment of women, the reality of women getting to be our sexual objects literally or metaphorically, we really should be careful not to jump on our moral high horses.

  4. Tendayi Regis Mutokonyi says:

    Troy Edwards-Finlayson Notice at the beginning of my statement i said "it takes two to tango". As a society, as a people as a gender and as a race, we need to accept that our actions have consequences. Nelly chooses to amplify a behaviour in women, though I agree not all women, but never the less women choose to portray. This is an inherent behaviour probably born of the principal of natural selection that compels the female to breed with the most dominant male.

    What ever the reason for whoewy behavior, its a behavior that ultimately puts the female species in disrepute. Do women themselves try to address these issues amongst themselves, do women picket against such behaviour amongst themselves? People should be responsible for their actions, Nelly's actions although not encouraged are a male reflection of a female behavior. Women should not cry foul when men objectify them when they are the biggest culprits.

  5. So women are the agency of vice and we should blame our objectification of women and structural oppression of women on women.
    Ive never understood the extent of male privilege until now.

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