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‘Jena 6′ Thugs Present BET’s Hip-Hop Award

Joyous tidings. It turns out all you have to do is beat a white kid senseless to become a rap star.

First from a site called the Concrete Loop. (Caution, being a rap site, there is racist hate speech, including the illegal “N word,” heavily featured.)

‘JENA 6′ BOYS AT BET HIP-HOP AWARDS

Bryant Purvis and Carwin Jones of The ‘Jena 6′ were presenters at BET’s 2nd Annual Hip-Hop Awards over the weekend.

Word is they spoke a little bit about the case before presenting the award for best Best Hip Hop Video. Make sure you check for the show when it airs on October 17th.

Then more details of this glorious moment in the history of our culture, from National Public Radio of all places:

Carwin Jones and Bryant Purvis, two of the teens known as the “Jena 6.”

“Jena 6″ the Latest Rap Group?

Pouya Dianat/AJC

No, these two don’t have the latest hit on the Billboard charts.

They are Carwin Jones and Bryant Purvis of the so-called “Jena 6.” The two walked the red carpet of the 2007 BET Hip-Hop Awards, held this weekend in Atlanta.

According to those in attendance, they spoke briefly about the case before presenting the Hip-Hop Video of the Year Award.

Though their cohort Mychal Bell is back behind bars, that didn’t stop the two from hamming it up for the cameras (even holding up the number six with their fingers).

What does it say about the culture’s celebrity obsession that these two would be feted as stars? Do you think their participation in the award show undermines the gravity of the situation in Jena, La.?

Things must be pretty outrageous when NPR sits up and take notice.

But of course, being NPR, this was their concern:

Do you think their participation in the award show undermines the gravity of the situation in Jena, La.?

Yes, that is what is problematic about their being celebrated as heroes, NPR.

Not that they ganged up on a kid who they beat unconscious, and then some.

Sheesh.

(Thanks to Robin Boyd for the heads up. — I think.)

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, October 18th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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