Last night, Kanye West asked his Twitter followers if they thought it was ever okay to use the word "bitch." (Well, by "ask" we mean he tweeted incessantly for quite some time, as he is known to do.) "I usually never tweet questions but I struggle with this so here goes...is the word BITCH acceptable?" Kanye posited. "To be more specific, is it acceptable for a man to call a woman a bitch even if it's endearing? Even typing it in question form it's still feels harsh?"
Kanye said his tweets were inspired by criticism of his use of the word in his music, which (unsurprisingly) initially offended him. (Maybe he was also inspired by Lupe Fiasco?) But now he's wondering: has hip hop conditioned us to love the word "bitch"? Is it okay to use if we modify it? Like, what if "we put BAD in front of it? Like you a BAD BITCH." Eventually, Ye concluded that "bitch," along with n***a, "are now either positive or negative. They are just potent and it depends on how the are used and by whom?"