Love & Hip Hop Atlanta reunion

On Monday, the folks over at VH1 aired part one of the Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta, reunion. And in between the ratchetness and the wrap-up of the season’s drama, one thing stood out to me: K. Michelle’s preoccupation with Karlie Redd’s age.

Almost as soon as the two women sat on the stage, K. Michelle began throwing daggers at Karlie, taunting her about her looks and calling on Karlie to reveal her age to the crowd, as if it was any of our business.

At one point in the show, K. Michelle said her rival “marched with Martin Luther King back in 1968” and was one of those “old ass Harriet Tubman bitches,” to which the audience roundly applauded.

Now…I don’t know about you, but using Mother Moses as a diss to another black woman is both disrespectful to her legacy and just plain dumb (Denene Millner does a better job breaking down why).

Whether Karlie Redd is pushing 40 or not, it is her business. And if K. Michelle makes it to that milestone she will understand just how silly and childish her 26-year-old self sounded.

Almost from the time we are born, the media tells women that aging is bad. We’re sold anti-wrinkle creams in our teen years, taught that being young, fresh, and beautiful is the ideal, and have seen how older women are often times minimized and pushed to the side because they look “old.” While many women have refused to buy into these cultural cues, others, like K. Michelle, use them as jabs to cut down other women.

It’s clear that the two women do not like each other, and instead of simply getting to the root of why, K. Michelle decided to attack Karlie on the things women are always attacked on: appearance and age.

It’ll be interesting to see whether or not K. Michelle’s obsession with age will change as she gets older, or if she’ll be lining up at the nearest plastic surgeon to stop the inevitable march of time.

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  • The Comment

    Out of stupidity. If Karlie is 100. K. Michelle looks a 100 too. These young chicks (who subscribe to this kind of ignorance) have no clue that it is one thing to be young— entirely another to be 50, in good health, can move, have vitality….vibrant..know what you want with enough experience to judge wisely out living and not on assumption. Not make the same mistake 3 times. Live long enough and been thru enough hell and not be bitter, angry, upset. Content with life. Content with the decisions u made in life and if not have the strength to correct what you don’t like. Strong enough to withstand hell and not get burnt.

  • OtherNews

    I hate to say this, but its a great diss. She is basically saying your ugly and its written all over your face.

  • Kenzy

    i dont think K Michelle is “obsessed” with age. I personally didnt find anything outside of normally ratchetness wrong with as EVERYBODY who watches or is on the show has speculated about Karlies age. This is evidenced from twitter, from the viewer questions that night and that cartoon parody that was floating around the internet a few weeks ago. K Michelle was simply harping on something everybody else is already speculating about. The only egregious thing i found was Rasheedas completely condescending statement of K Michelle being nappy as another article on clutch discussed earlier this week

    • Agreed…I don’t think she is so much obsessed with it as using it as a target since Karlie is trying to use things against her…i.e. how her teeth use to look, the abuse thing, etc. and Karlie is sensitive about her age it is written all over her face and the way she dodges the question regarding her age so this wasn’t something K. Michelle started. I don’t know why people are zeroing on what K. Michelle is doing yes she is ignorant but she isn’t alone in her ignorance so if you want to call someone out you might as well line them all UP.

  • Patience

    Whoa! K.Michelle and I are the same age! I thought she was at least in her 30s.

  • I think K. Michelle uses that diss because she knows Karlie (who obviously is an older woman) is vehemently against admitting her real age, so its easy to go in on that. Mimi, who is obviously an older woman than the rest of the girls never really gets dissed as bad as Karlie. Regardless, all of them are some nice looking women in my opinion. There age really doesn’t matter lookwise, most of their attitudes are terrible. They need to fix that.