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We Need to Talk About Butt-Play Shaming: Kanye, Amber Rose and #FingersInTheBootyAssBitch

We Need to Talk About Butt-Play Shaming: Kanye, Amber Rose and #FingersInTheBootyAssBitch: Illustration by Sean Noyce

Illustration by Sean Noyce

ICMYI: This week the Internet watched, stunned and with glee, as the Kanye/Wiz Twitter War of 2016 unfolded. Wiz said some stuff, Kanye said a lot more stuff, the integrity of men’s pants were called into question and a little while later Kanye deleted a lot of tweets. Somewhere in the midst of all of this, Kanye said unkind things about actor-activist Amber Rose, who’s known both men, in the biblical sense.

After the dust had (almost) settled, Rose fired the missive heard round the Twittersphere:

Amber Rose was ostensibly reacting to a tweet where Kanye stripper-shamed her — which, just as an aside, let’s not do that anymore — and decided to fire back. This prompted some clarification from Yeezy, who claimed to “stay away from that area all together”:

This is where we’ll get to the point: #FingersInTheBootyAssBitch, and the butt-shame that emerged from it, seemed like a departure for what has otherwise been a mainstream renaissance for butt-play in pop-cultural discourse. We’ll always have the way-ahead-of-its-time gem “My Neck, My Back” from Khia, but let’s take a moment to account for five more recent examples:


  1. There was that episode of Broad City last year that was all about pegging:

  2. Everyone’s favorite, shining example of butt-play on television is that episode of Girls everyone paid attention to, because it features Allison Williams getting her ass eaten:

  3. Then, because the Ivy League is #WithIt, Harvard offered a workshop back in 2014 called: “What What In The Butt: Anal Sex 101.” So there you have it: butt-play is now a scholastic pursuit, and Harvard is quoting Samwell.

  4. With “Anaconda”, Nicki Minaj included a well-placed reference to “tossing the salad”:

  5. And last but not least, Mindy Kaling brought us broadcast TV’s first anal-sex scene on The Mindy Project in an episode called “I Slipped”.

We suppose our point here is that, like stripper-shaming, butt-play-shaming is backwards and beneath these two otherwise cool people, although we doubt they meant any offense to the butt-play community — aka Main Street America, whether it owns up or not.

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