In case you forgot to pick up the paper today, The NY Daily News printed a retraction of their obscure story about Queen Latifah giving up on men:
Latifah’s no quitter
We wanted to clarify on our Queen Latifah item Thursday. We didn’t mean that Queen La is giving up on men, just that she didn’t want to be hurt again emotionally by one.
The folks over at Bossip say Shaun Robinson, creator of Exactly As I Am, reached out to them yesterday to further explain Queen’s quote, and to set the record straight:
This project is very, very personal and important. I called up these women that I have relationships with and said, ‘I don’t want to talk about your new movie, or your new cd, I just want to talk to you about how we can uplift our girls.” These women reached out and they trust me and they said, ‘Let me tell you about what I’ve been gone through growing up. Let me see how I can help these little girls during a very tumultuous time in their lives.’
What Queen was saying, is that when you don’t have a strong sense of self, you start equating sex with love. You think because a boy wants to have sex with you, he loves you. Or, that he cares about you. If there is a pattern there, you soon find out after he dumps you, that’s not true. You end up feeling horrible afterwards. That’s what Queen was saying. She felt like because she was intimate with somebody, there was a connection and it wasn’t. She got to the point where she said, ‘I’m not going to let that happen to me again. I’m not going to be hurt in that manner again.’
Her quote had nothing to do with some of the news interpretation. Furthermore, “Get the hell out of Queen Latifah’s bedroom!” The focus of this project is uplifting young girls and getting them out of the low self esteem that they have – that leads to teen pregnancy and STDs, especially what we’ve been talking about in the news lately.
I am sooo glad Shaun defended Queen on this one. The same mess happened to Oprah. The bottom line in Hollywood is that your damned if you do and your damned if you don’t. If the media knows all your dating business, then by boyfriend number 3 somehow your labeled a whore. Yet if you keep your romantic life private, then somehow your labeled a lesbian. You can’t win!