May 22

Robservations | The Clapback Culture

Hey man, Rob Lee here and I have something on my mind – the clapback. I’m convinced that we’re living in a ‘clapback culture’ – we’re obsessed. Allow me to take a step back, explain and then compare. I habitually question the status quo. I’m your contrarian Aquarian – while I may like something or do a particular thing but it doesn’t mean it’s not beyond my criticism or review.

So here goes, as of 2017, noted tastemaker, Merriam-Webster defines clapback as ‘responding to criticism with a withering comeback.” The clapback is very popular – often I look forward to the #ThanksgivingClapback and #Clapbackseason on Twitter. I get it the clapback is protective in nature but I think it goes too far.

Personally, a clapback is fine and can be hilarious. I think people go for it too much. We aim to be loved despite what many cynics contend. So a good clapback is how one gets attention and gets love. That pursuit runs counter to this faux-sanitized, contrived golden-rule culture we say we’re living in. It’s like being of two minds. We’re hyper-sensitive to criticism so we respond with a scathing clapback while saying don’t bully people. That shit is weird to me. Also, wrapped in that is the prevalent odyssey to be offended. There are offensive things – macroaggressions, microaggressions and so on that, if left unchecked, are dangerous. That said, there’s a case for clap-back being needed. My observation is that we’re quick to use a sledgehammer on an anthill criticism. It’s weaponized.

Back in the late 90’s Major League Baseball MLB, had a campaign for “Chicks Dig The Long Ball” and that connects to this clapback craze. The long ball means home run – I love baseball and who doesn’t like dingers. The pursuit for home runs lead to the steroids era – think Mark McGwire & Sammy Sosa and increased strikeouts. This pursuit for love and money impacted the lives of players and the game as a whole.  Now instead of getting of how to play the game – bunting, situational hitting, etc – kids are going for the home run – there’s always been home run hitters and there’s always been great hitters. I would take a Tony Gwynn over a Barry Bonds. This idea carries over into the fundamentals on how to navigate through criticism and life we aim for the clapback. Use the #ThanksgivingClapback for instance, the criticism is coming from a relative – there’s intimacy there so instead of telling the relative that what they’re saying is inappropriate because it hurts one’s feelings, they clapback and a specific, premeditated way. The relative may not even consider what they’ve said to be offensive – it may not be coming from an offensive place but the clapback is. Chasing the home run failed baseball – it made hitters one dimensional – that one dimension is wanted until it’s unwanted. It’s not sustainable, like the clap back.

In summation, be weary of the clapback. It’s not sustainable, it’s lightweight trolling and can impact relationships, friendships and your own growth. Acknowledge being sensitive and take a step back before you clapback. If you feel the need, let it rip but think about how you appear. It’s all funny, catty or what have you until it’s not.

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May 25

Robservations | Accidental Courtesy

I watched that doc on Daryl Davis over the weekend. It was interesting.

Like initially I was on some “fuck this coon-ass coon outchea cooning” or something like that but then after watching it a bit that attenuated, I recognized that, while flawed – that slick back, potbelly and blatant Uncle Ruckus vibe bugged me – he was doing what I do. He wasn’t seeing shit as binary. Like how can he hate white people for instance while being married to one?
He called out what he saw as bullshit and had patience. Seek first to understand. Dude had more patience than I when it comes to people wilin’. There was this one White guy from some super liberal group that essentially said you’ve done nothing, and they that Pastor Tom who was a racist cunt. They got under my skin, but not as much as those BLM kids. Davis, who claims to fame is music and reforming KKK members. How can you trivialize what that dude did when all you have to your credits in life is being an unemployed, college dropout and “poet”…em…conscious mumble rapper. Not to mention – these weren’t just regular hoods that Davis got off these KKK members they were like high ranking leaders. That accounts for something. Those fuckers were dumb asses – lots of misdirected energy. Like energy is fuel for change but they directed anger at Davis, who was doing his own thing. Like what has BLM done would have been my question if I were Davis but of course, those fuckers repping BLM didn’t allow the dude to talk. That’s a coward’s tactic – it perpetuates my issues when BLM and many feminists – specifically radical fuckers. If you don’t abide by what they believe then you’re horrible – they talk at you under the guise of dialogue. Fuck that. I ask the question – “where’s yours?” when JC Faulk, I think, called Davis disrespectful (these lads were a bad version of neo-Hotep – they hadn’t reached their final form) Their old-head was a piece of shit too – likely a former drug dealer or that now grew a conscience and wants to save his community – the old head threatens Davis as he leaves the interview. That was that typical old, soft spots in the dick, LaVar Ball style of threat too.
“I better not see you in Baltimore.”
My threats are more direct. Vague threats are for punks. Fuck outta here! It’s a reminder of who you ‘elect’ as your leaders. I say fuck all of it and I’m from Baltimore. I was at protests during the 2015 Uprising. Don’t get me wrong – I can see how Davis comes off – I was triggered, as previously mentioned, and fuck that white people are redeemable shit. I believe everyone can be redeemable and that everyone should have a say – you’re entitled to have an opinion and I’m entitled not to agree with it. While not an endorsement of anything or a commercial for the documentary – I’ll say overall the doc was interesting and worth checking out.
 Watch it and tell me what you think?
Also on Netflix
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