Now at the time of the kerfuffle I hadn't seen the video, but imagined it must be pretty XXX. I mean, BET has never been afraid of barely covered jiggling booties or songs about sex. Folks have been bumping and grinding on BET since K-Ci did his first body roll with accompanying "Oooooh, yeah!" And black women's sexuality has been continually exploited by male performers on the channel. So, I thought, Ciara must have lost her damned mind in "Ride."
And then--long after the controversy had cooled--I saw the video:
This is what made the BET powers that be clutch their pearls? A clothed performer dancing aggressively and singing about sexual prowess using double entendre?
Renina at New Model Minority said it well:
Bobby V. ft Plies “Phone #.”
Rick Ross “Aston Martin Music.”
Gucci Mane “Remember When.”