TheYBF is reporting that they received a letter from Teairra Mari’s Fo Reel Entertainment label stating that BET has banned her and Soulja Boy’s video for “Sponsor.”
Apparently, BET has deemed the video detrimental to young women because it “teaches” them to get paid for sex/relations with men. But, Teairra’s people say this is a blatant double standard in the industry.
I was informed that 106 and Park, a source for African Americans to promote their music, have banned Teairra Mari’s song Sponsor and other projects from surfacing on their channel. No one else will report because they don’t want to put it on blast. I feel bad for the underdogs because they are not given a fair chance and its even worse when your own kind won’t promote you. What’s bad about Sponsor that overshadows any work that Lil Wayne, Ludacris, and many others have showcased on BET? Why is it, do you think, that booty shaking and such is allowed but a video by a woman encouraging others to make it is bad. Why is it that Lil Wayne can perform “Every Girl In the World” with his daughter on stage, but women artists have to be “appropriate”. I understand if they would at least let Teairra come on the show to explain the concept behind the song. It just seems like a shady business where people who have made it have certain control over those that haven’t through shady connections.
I know people may say “well who checkin’ for…” but what if these people actually had a chance in the business if it wasn’t so shady?
Funny thing is, Teairra Mari just answered this question for Rap-Up:
What do you have to say to those who think “Sponsor” glorifies gold diggers?
Well, the video was my response. But in words, my response is that a “sponsor” is whoever is dishing your money out. For some people, that could be their man, their sugar daddy, whatever you want to call it. For some people it may be their woman, their sugar mama. For some people it may be their job, their parents. Whoever you’re getting supported by, that’s your “sponsor.” Mine is Warner Bros. [Records]. It’s not a gold digger thing. But gold diggers I’m sure will love [the song]. The way the song is written, it’s very sarcastic. So it’s like he must be a baller, doctor, rapper, I don’t even care, just as long as he don’t say bye. It’s just really fun.
WATCH THE VIDEO FOR YOURSELF BELOW!