Let me start by explaining that this isn't your typical ode. It's actually an acronym (o.d.e) for Only Dumb Entertainers, aka the core demographic who SHOULD be rocking these oh so coveted shoes which are "all the rage" as of late. Don't worry though ladies, this isnt to bash your high fashion or spending habits...not today...its more about what we value as a community and how semi-fat girls are now the "redbottoms" of the Black Male dating world.
Wja3: Huh? I definitely didnt see that coming.
Tako: Swag him the fuck out.
C4: Stop inserting random Black Twitter phrases that aren't even applicable to the situation tako...and Show, stop lifting up your shirt anytime someone say situation...and No, we will not call you the "Nig-uation." Coon.
Wja3: Back to this fat girl red bottoms thing.
So Why the Color Red? (The History)
Ok, so, as history would dictate, niggas like red. Yep, I said it. It was even an old stereotype from the Jim crow, watermelon chicken era. It was viewed as dangerous, provocative and overly flashy, basically how white folks view us today (rightfully so.) Think about it, what's your favorite color Kool-Aid? Notice, I said color (NOT FLAVOR), cause niggas STAY trying to pass red off as a flavor. Anyways, I digress....niggas like red. Red bones, Eddie Murphy's red leather suit in RAW (and Michael's in Thriller), yada yada. Red, red, red. That's the history. White man takes advantage of Niggas love for high fashion they cant afford and the color red...we know how this ends.
So What's the Problem? (The Symbolism)
I Don't automatically see a girl in redbottoms and say "Wow, shes made some poor financial decisions" or "Wow, that bitch is ballin," because a.) I know nothing about her situation (lifts shirt) nor do I GIVE A SMIDGEN OF A FUCK ABOUT WOMEN'S FASHION! I can say however, that in a culture which praises the 64 ounce jug of pepsi and epic sized KFC proportions, Redbottoms are just another luxury excess. Problem is, like most excesses they represent something harmful. They represent something which we don't need, we think we do need, and which although harmful (to ones financial well being in this case) we have been conditioned to think is Ok.
How's this relate to dating? (The moment the lightbulb comes on)
This, as always, goes back to the Thick Vs. Fat debate. Sure there are plenty of nice womens shoes out there that you ladies could buy that don't cost 1 months rent. Dudes, as a matter of fact could care less. We live by two womens fashions rules...1.) Be clean, 2.) Heels are sexier than non-heels. As long as they dont have clear stripper platform bottoms we don't care. Society, however, and the Urban crab bucket that is MyFaceTwitterSpaceBook, leads us to believe that we should adhere to a certain standard of high fashion despite being exponentially poorer than those promoting it. Instead of saying "do as I say, not as I do...because i'm filthy rich", entertainers are irresponsibly saying "Yea...get these shoes...step your game up, and then hate on other bitches who cant afford to skip rent and buy them." Hear it enough and you start to think it's ok. Like R-Kelly's sex in the kitchen song.
This is essentially how fat women became popular. Black men like ass and titties. Ever hear the phrase "More than a handful is wasted"? Yeah, I'm convinced a small tittied woman or a gay made that up. American women, however, became used to hearing this "ma you got a fat ass banter" to the point that they forgot that eating constantly would lead to everything getting fat. Men however, hearing "fat ass this, fat ass that" in urban circles and in rap songs began to accept fat, sloppy asses living by the "bigger is better paradigm. It's to the point now, where girls who would've been called FAT AS FUCK 10 years ago (or today, if you ask a white guy who's not Italian), are now coveted. They ARE THE REDBOTTOMS! Hypersexualized, excessive, yet eerily acceptible despite the associated health risks. You never hear a nigga say "Damn, I want me a bitch with hypertension", but he'll bag one if she got a phatty.
Wja3: I guess I see the point....but, really son? Your Metaphors are out there. Redbottoms couldnt even support the weight of half one of your hoes.
Show: Thank you :)
This being said, I just want to remind you fellas not to fall into the trap set for us by our environment and the manipulative girls who troll it. I recently had a discussion about this with the Caveman, upon which the following conclusion was reached: White people fall victim to the perils of the redbottom as well. While some differences in opinion can be attributed to culture, one cannot deny that acceptability among whites, at least in 2011, is synonymous with skinny and big tits. If that's what you like, that's what you like...but when skinny turns to malnourished (in the same way fat ass turns into fatass), you my friend, have just drooled over a pair of "Redbottoms." See convo below and voice your opinion.... (Caveman in Grey, Rocka in Green...Obviously).
Nah homie, this is ass.....and you dont have to be diagnosed with McChicken Gut to get it.