kreayshawn-basic-bitch

Whether it’s braiding hair or twerking, the media seems to have an obsession with black culture and loves discovering some aspect of it (good or bad) and re-opting it as if they’re the ones that invented it. For the latest instance of Columbus-ing, look no further than the phrase “Basic Bitches.” The term, which has roots in rap and on Black Twitter, was defined as a man or woman who not only subscribes to what others say is cool without thinking independently for themselves but also engages in questionable behavior like splurging money for expensive clothes before investing in his/her own car or home. Think the “scrub” TLC described meets the woman Kanye rapped about in “All Falls Down.”

But that’s not how white people define it. In April of this year, Jezebel writer Madeleine Davies wrote in a piece called “Stuff White People Are Ruining: Basic Bitches”:

“The term “basic bitch” started to become commonplace in hip hop about 5 years ago; a short while later, Kreayshawn caught wind of it and then she was followed by other white people — the kind of white people who say stuff like “I’m sooooo basic right now” as they order at Starbucks…or the kind of white people who write for Jezebel and fall into a state of crisis as they consider their own basic-ness while drinking a smoothie on a gentrified New York street corner.”

Ironically, Jezebel followed up by ruining the term further in a new article called “The United States of Basic Bitches.” The article hilariously compares basic bitches to bros and then breaks down basic bitches in each state. Here’s an excerpt:

“HBCU Sorority Girl Basic

People think she’s: Stuck up, probably because her hair is always laid and her outfit is always on point.
Sick of: Being told she’ll never get a man because she’s too ambitious.
Job: Already has her JD and is working as an attorney. In a year or so, she’ll get bored and get her MBA from Harvard. If all goes to plan, by the time she’s 40, she will have 57 advanced degrees and more money than God.
Most Gchatted phrase: YAAAAAAAAS.
Celebrity aspiration: Olivia Pope.”

Wait. What?

Since when is an ambitious, educated and successful woman “basic”? Like with most “Columbus-ed” terms, somewhere along the line, white people became confused about the original definition of the phrase and created a new meaning altogether as if they came up with it in the first place.

The commenters said it best:

“Alright Black People basic bitch is officially dead. Meet me over at #blacktwitter in 2o min to discuss new alternatives, b/c thot is also on it’s way out.” – MarthaJones3.0

“We have been Columbused once a-gain.” – ambitious

“Okay, so when white people unintentionally misuse a term it’s not a fuckup, it’s the magical transformative property of white linguistics. Seems legit.” – yvanehtnioj

Beware, black people, “bae” is next.

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  • Vag Owner

    why the hell would we be protective over sexist terms??? step up what you’re offended about.

  • dtshowme

    Whatever. Black people need to elevate their conversations beyond basic b—s, n-words, twerking, love and hip hop, Kermit the frog and Daquan to be taken seriously period. Instead of getting mad that white people are doing it too. Everybody’s confused