Starting in 2015, Amber Rose has helped bring awareness to the annual SlutWalk, a global movement with success in over 200 countries. The SlutWalk, officially started in 2011, is a way to take a stand against sexual injustice, victim blaming and derogatory labeling.
During her most recent SlutWalk, on October 1, Rose’s boyfriend, Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, better known by his stage name, 21 Savage, walked with her, carrying a sign that read “I’m a Hoe Too.” Soon after, the tweets and the Facebook posts and comments started pouring in regarding 21 Savage’s sign and his decision to support his girlfriend.
Rapper Gillie Da Kid posted a video while in bed with his wife, questioning 21 Savage’s choice to march. “Don’t ever talk no gangster sh*t ever again in life,” said Gillie while laughing, “How you gon’ be a gangster, shoot ’em up, bang bang, and you walking around with a sign talking about I’m a hoe?”
Da Kid and others used social media to mock 21 Savage for on his decision to walk. The comments questioned 21 Savage’s masculinity. Tweets like the one by user MarioTrash chose to make fun of 21 Savage by saying his support for the walk and his girlfriend was turning him into a woman:
Amber Rose even ruined Kanye. I give it 2 months before 21 Savage starts wearing a dress.
— Mario J. (@MarioTrash) October 1, 2017
However, Facebook comments and tweets weren’t the only way Rose and 21 Savage were shamed. Outlets like the YouTube channel TheAdviseShowTV did not like 21 Savage’s decision, posting a video titled “Amber Rose Emasculated 21 Savage By Making Him Walk With A Degrading Sign.” Their video stated that Rose had made 21 Savage submissive to her and that Rose was not a respectable woman.
Rose and 21 Savage responded to the comments in videos. Rose asked viewers, “How the f**/is my man not a savage anymore?” She followed up with, “Do y’all want him to pistol whip me? Beat me up? Shoot up the SlutWalk? Like what the f**k do y’all want?”. Her questions intended to call out the the toxic masculinity portrayed by those who had spoken against 21 Savage.
On his end, 21 Savage responded to the critique by saying in his video, “Get off my d**k. Yeah, get off [Rose’s] d**k too. SlutWalk was fun as a motherf****r!”
Amber Rose: “How the f*ck is my man not a savage anymore? Do y’all want him to pistol whip me? Beat me up? Shoot up the SlutWalk?” pic.twitter.com/ArWjumA88h
— XXL Magazine (@XXL) October 2, 2017
Regardless of the backlash, Rose and 21 Savage garnered lots of support. Support for 21 Savage’s decision to walk with his girlfriend was due to the fact that many felt it was an honest and sincere statement.