By// Mariah Craddick
Media, gossip, ratchet site WorldStarHipHop has been facing a lot of criticism lately. First, the website was in hot water over a video it posted of a man being stripped naked by three men on the street in New Jersey then whipped with a belt. The men suspected in the video were later arrested and charged, but the footage caused some outrage in the community, claiming that sites such as WorldStarHipHop were desensitizing youth to violence.
Now, Universal Zulu Nation’s Minister of Information Quadeer “M.C. Spice” Shakur has penned an open letter to the site, putting the site’s creator Lee “Q” O’Denant on blast.
Check out an excerpt:
As I mentioned earlier, Mr. O’Denat, I am a representative of the Universal Zulu Nation, and we take our Culture quite serious. You are a Black man who has accomplished quite a lot without a formal education, and I’m quite sure when you dropped out of New York’s Grover Cleveland High School, you would never have imagined that you’d be as successful with your company, World Star, LLC. Doesn’t it bother you just a little that another Black man (that man being yourself), has “made it” out of the “ghetto”, only to display unnerving images and videos of young adults berating, belittling, and beating each other solely for the purpose of the enjoyment of who you are led to believe are “millions of Hip-Hoppers?”
Mr. O’Denat, the followers of your site are impressionable young men and women who “follow” you for a reason. As salacious as you may want your site to be, our youth are looking for answers and solutions to the many problems that plague our communities. The young people use your site as an outlet to escape the world they are living in, only to find that you place them right back at the starting point. Brother, you are well aware, or should be aware of the way Haitians are treated all over the world, including their own country. After all, Mr. O’Denat, you are Haitian, and you have even labeled yourself as a “Haitian Ghetto Nerd”, to gain God knows what kind of accolades. I am not Haitian, but I find it deplorable for a Haitian to associate such a dignified people with the “ghetto”, when Haitians come to this country to escape ghetto life.
Read the full open letter here.