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Tuesday, April 07, 2009
2:09 AM

She Told Us


More and more I read comments from music artists ranting about haters or people being too negative to their liking. To be fair, many are correct in there being miserable folks out there who are nothing but hostile, embittered, jealous jackasses with nothing better to do than take shots at people out of spite.

However, many more artists incorrectly link any form of criticism to some level of hatred and jealously. I can't help but think this has more to do with them not liking anyone who doesn't constantly remind them that their shit doesn't stink than anything else.

Ciara strikes me as one of those people, hence the visceral previous post about her.

I see she's aware that people have been talking about her and has decided to respond with:

Q:People are talking about the similarities between Beyonce’s choreography and your choreography. I know what you were going for...

A:Right, I got inspired by the Vegas show, but go ahead. What do you want to know?

Q:How do you even address that? Have you seen the screen grabs?

A: I don’t think there’s really anything to address. I think it’s very, very funny. And you know what my response is to that? For the ones that have something negative to say? They must have really enjoyed it that much to go and nitpick it, because it’s something they pulled up and was like, “Yo!” There were a couple of things in there that I’ve never seen. I think that it’s important for us as artists to be original and to create something new, so it would be really silly of me to go and create something you’ve already seen. So not one time were any of my references another artist. My references were clearly inspired from shows that I’ve actually seen. It goes to show how creative we can be and how close the worlds are. I did my first video with my metal outfit. I was inspired by Thierry Mugler. Now, from my understanding, Beyonce is using Thierry Mugler for her tour. It just is what it is. It’s very petty to me. When people nitpick something and they say negative things, my response to that is they really must have liked it that much. They just said, “This just can’t be! We gotta find something!” That’s also the definition of a person having too much time on their hands to do nothing. That’s how I look at that.
This was prefaced by an intro where the writer sarcastically mocks the legitimate opinions about the "Love Sex Magic" video with the trivial cop out, "It's just Bey stans ranting."

Can we please stop acting like this is just an instance of overzealous Beyonce stans launching another form of Beehad?

I don't recall anyone ever saying "...and on the eighth day God created Beyonce and her lacefront."


Not only am I not blind, but my lips aren't permanently attached to Ciara's ass so I don't have to pretend to ignore the obvious for a check. There have been plenty of images used to highlight Beyonce's copycat antics so why not call a spade a spade about Ciara and move on.

Stop enabling these artists.

First Ciara says: "I think that it’s important for us as artists to be original and to create something new, so it would be really silly of me to go and create something you’ve already seen."

Then she comes with, "My references were clearly inspired from shows that I’ve actually seen."

Which is it?

It doesn't even matter because Ciara's biggest hit to date has a beat that was used twice already. "Goodies" is a generic version of "Freek-A-Leek" which borrows heavily from the beat for "Yeah!"

I like the song, but c'mon.

And isn't the beginning of "Never Ever" exactly like "That's The Way Love Goes?"

Hey, if it's not original, who cares so long as it's good. But if you know you're not exactly groundbreaking, why parade yourself as such?

The only thing worse than a pretentious artist is a pretentious artist who hasn't done nearly as much as they seem to believe they have.

I happen to think she's a good dancer, but I've noticed her routine has been limited to three dance moves lately: Muscle butt shake one, muscle butt shake two, and matrix.

A move that ain't all that brand new either, by the way.

Thank you, Siyclone, for the image.

I don't really care if she copies, but if your music isn't on point and you're acting like you're really bringing it, don't be surprised if people who know better say something about it.

When I write that I think she could be doing more than squatting in sex positions on camera, maybe that's my way of saying she's talented enough to where she doesn't have to try so hard.

Or that if you look looked at her chart history, she may noticed that she didn't have to lick anyone's ear to create buzz for her project. I'm all for people embracing their sexuality, but far too many people rely on that to advance.

But no, I'm negative, I'm one of the worst people alive because I align myself with the people who don't want to toss Ciara any singles.

Her album has been pushed back several times and the only reason she's managed to get a hit now after so many tries is that she relied on someone's else celebrity for extra spins on a track that sounds like a leftover from FutureSex/Love Sounds (of Prince).

This is exactly why so many people don't even bother monetarily supporting artists anymore. They all work with the same stylists, producers, and songwriters all trying to do the exact same thing that's usually played out already anyway.

And they call get the same result: A cheap hit here, a little stardom there, and then they fizzle away before you know it.

When talented people rely too heavily on gimmicks that work against what spurred their popularity from the jump, they typically end up falling off.

Oh, there I go hating again. I must have too much time on my hands.

Speaking of that, Ciara spent all day shooting a video dedicated to the Beyonce anthology and Magic City. I took twenty minutes to call her out for swagger jacking hoe shit.

Who really needs to work on how to better spend their time?

The Cynical Ones.
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