Earlier this week I attempted to make a plug advertising my new advice column. I wanted to make the headline say “come and ask a pimp,” but was greatly disappointed when xanga told me the headline contained inappropriate language. What inappropriate language? Was it the word “come” they had a problem with? I didn’t mean it that way xanga, get your mind out of the gutter.
Upon further examination I came to the conclusion that it was the word “pimp” that xanga has a problem with. I was outraged! Here I had done a complete site overhaul centered around pimpness and I can’t even use the word “pimp” according to xanga. What the hell?!! I shared my dismay with some of my xanga friends who also expressed their disapproval of this policy. seedsower and Krissy_Cole were particularly disturbed by this. iStephanieMarie made me aware of another instance of ridiculous xanga censorship. A post that had recently made top blogs had the word “butter” censored because the first part says “butt”. The final straw came yesterday when I saw this bit of censorship on the front page; “sc***ping”.
I looked at it for a second, trying to figure out what the problem was. What word was this supposed to be? “Scooping”? No. “Scalping”? No. The word was supposed to be “scrapping”. The three letters that were censored out, RAP. I was dumbfounded. First I can’t talk about pimpin’, then you tell me I can’t mention butts, and now I can’t say rap! What am I left to talk about as an African American male? Pimpin, butts, and rap are my lifeblood. You might as well tell me I can’t eat fried chicken or drink Koolaid! (Yes I went there. And what?!!)
On the flipside, further review of top blogs and plugz headlines revealed that it is perfectly acceptable to mention things like mayonaise, Yahtzee, and Michael Bolton. This shows a blatant double standard. It’s just not right I tell you. There was only one conclusion I could draw from all of this. It was hard for me to admit it to myself because I love xanga so much, but in the end there was no denying it.
XANGA IS RACIST! (Or at the very least there content policies are.)
So here’s the deal xanga. I’ll give you one week to fix this egregious error. If I cannot use the word pimp as I please by next Friday, things will get ugly. I live in New York City. This means I am just a train ride away from Al Sharpton’s office. Do the right thing xanga!