This afternoon, Katy Perry tweeted approvingly about her friend Rihanna's new music video "S&M":
Her not-quite third-wave feminist reclamation of a number of epithets, including some with which Rihanna is branded in the video, ends with the inexplicable hashtag #bearcunt. Is Perry brandishing her fake Tourette's? One might suppose as much—"bear cunt" is the English translation of bjørnefitte, the Norwegian term for a fur hat with ear flaps. But the term appears earlier on Twitter, specifically, in Katy Perry's welcome note to Rihanna when the latter took over her own twitter feed:
"Bearcunt" turns out to be an alternate spelling of the Barbadian slang "bare cunt" [Editor's note: ewwwwww] which Perry probably overheard from Rihanna. "Bare" means "a lot of" or "to a great extent" and "cunt" is the Bajan equivalent of "shit"—an all-purpose noun-form expletive. So #bearcunt is just a dancehall laudatory, like the British "MASSIVE." Or as Rihanna puts it, "It's a Bajan ting."
This may also put into context her use of the word cunt in reference to Katt Williams earlier this week, for which she was roundly criticized. In her response to Perry's tweet, Rihanna thumbed her nose at the previous uproar:
Rihanna's mock outrage makes it perfectly clear how she feels about being considered a "role model." (Just in case this tweet didn't.)
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Has there ever been a style of music as misunderstood as emo?
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You know those movies that have been parodied, memed, and referenced so much that you feel like you've seen them–but you never have and, honestly, why would you bother?
You know that at the end of Taxi Driver Travis Bickle may or may not hallucinate a violent episode, and you've seen people dress up in Robert De Niro's utility jacket, black shades, and weird Roman soldier haircut at every Halloween party you've ever attended. You know that Scarface's Tony Montana screams, "Say hello to my little friend" while wearing a suit with giant lapels and holding a machine gun. How do you know this? No, you've never seen the movie; the fact is that the sheer masterpiece of a few key scenes capturing the climax of a film can overshadow the entire production. Sure, you want to sit down to watch them "one day," but you just never get around to it.
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