Karrine Steffans has made a career out of selling stories about her sexual escapades with famous, often married men — primarily to Black audiences. Yet, for years now she’s gone out of her way to bash Black people, co-signing ridiculous white supremacy sentiments that we’re uncultured, uneducated, and other varying attributes that all boil down to “less than.” Never mind the reality that the white people she covets so much don’t pay her or what she’s peddling to the masses much mind.
She’s still singing that same song, though, and most recently, hummed that tired tune with VIBE Vixen.
VV: Since Confessions of a Video Vixen, you’ve almost completely separated yourself from the hip-hop world. Tell me about how you’re moving forward?
KS: When people read Confessions, they felt that it was happening right now. Those stories were old. It was something that I was involved in for a year or two then got out of because it was not conducive to my lifestyle. I didn’t grow up in hip-hop. I didn’t grow up listening to it. I didn’t grow up in an urban society. I don’t get the struggle. Right now, I got four books lined up: two more autobiographical pieces and two self-help pieces regarding sex, love and relationships. Even though I haven’t missed a beat and books are coming out every two years as usual, I switched over to writing for TV.
The books and the TV, they’ll go hand in hand.
Exactly. We’ve been actually talking to Queen Latifah and Shakim [Compere] about them producing the one-hour scripted version of Confessions for cable with me. This is the space I’m in, so when you talk to me about Basketball Wives, I’m like, I’m executive producing my own shows based on two of my books.
Do you feel like your audience is stuck on Confessions and that salacious subject matter?
Yes. They won’t get beyond it. I think people are stuck in general, even in their own lives. They don’t leave their neighborhoods, they’ll never leave their city, they will never see and do the things they are capable of doing and seeing. They will never grow. When you go beyond them so that you’re a star and they can’t touch you, that bothers people to their core. Confessions was fucking shocking not for any culture but this particular culture. Kirstie Alley came out with a book telling everybody she slept with down to John Travolta and no one in that culture cares in the way that urban culture did [with Confessions].
So, a few things.
Karrine Steffans talks about white people the way a person who doesn’t actually actively engage with any does. Black folks are not the only people to take issue with people who write about munching on married men. See Rielle Hunter and a long list of other men and women who have written about their sexual escapades. Puritan attitudes about sex are not limited in any way to one’s pigmentation.
Secondly, about this TV show she says is coming. She said this years ago with FOX, only that never came to be. If this show with Queen Latifah does, though, who on Earth does she think will be watching it?
And for the record, people won’t “let go” of her persona because every other day she’s reminding people of that persona that got her notoriety on Twitter.
I guess everyone has a right to be that self-loathing and insecure, but it’s a shame she wants to push that all on her own.
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