Don’t pitch the bitch

So I spent a few hours this morning reading over various news reports of the ongoing Source sexual harassment trial and let me just say, that shit was hot! I even had to stop reading a few times just to “cool off.”

At issue is whether or not former Source co-owners Dave Mays and Ray “Benzino” Scott sexually harassed the magazine’s former editor-in-chief Kim Osorio, created a hostile work environment, fired her in retaliation, and some other bullshit. But it all pretty much sounds like bullshit to me.

Here’s the thing: Ray Benzino would almost certainly be an awful person to work for regardless of whether or not he was attempting to coerce you into playing hide the salami down in Atlantic City. No SexyBack. It’s a known fact that he ran off damn near the entire staff with that Almighty RSO bullshit back in the mid ’90s.

Indeed, an argument could be made that anyone dumb enough to go work for the Source after the “special relationship” between Dave Mays and Ray Benzino was revealed pretty much gave up their privilege to be taken seriously about anything. Evar. Lest we forget, Osorio ran the Source during their ridonkulous jihad against Eminem, which pretty much ruined the magazine anyway.

[For what it's worth, I went to work for a post-bankruptcy K-Mart in 2004 and had to put up with all sorts of bullshit. And for a lot less than $130,000 a year. You don't see me suing them, now do you?]

Similarly, I’m willing to believe that Ray Benzino called Kim Osorio a slut, told her to “shut the fuck up” constantly, asked her whether or not she was fucking Nas and blowing 50 Cent, commented on the size of Ashanti’s “vag” and any number of other such incidents. But I wonder to what extent any of this actually constitutes sexual harassment.

The Source is, after all, a hip-hop magazine. Is hip-hop not a genre of music in which women are constantly referred to (except on Common records) as bitches, hoes, sluts, and what have you? If a magazine is going to feature a prominent photograph of an R&B singer’s vag, how inappropriate is it, really, for the magazine’s owner to comment on the size of said vag?

Again, an argument could be made that the work environment for a woman at a hip-hop magazine couldn’t reasonably be expected to be any better than at, say, a strip club. Mays and Benzino are suggesting that these charges are an attempt to extort money – of which I’m sure there’s hardly any – from the Source, and I’m tempted to believe this is true.

While at the Source, Osorio only filed one sexual harassment complaint (consisting of all of two senteces) with the magazine’s human resources department, which is run by a woman. And that was after she was notified that she was about to be fired. Benzino also claims she offered to retract the complaint if Mays and Benzino would renew her contract.

Hmm…

I don’t doubt that the Source was an awful place for Kim Osorio to work. But she should have known it would be like that going in; and even if she didn’t, she had plenty of opportunity to hang a sexual harassment suit on Mays and Benzino before she thought her job was on the line. As it is, this case just sounds to me like yet another example of predatory feminism run amok.

  • http://www.myspace.com/metronomeent Cross

    wack

  • Cross

    yawn

  • The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE

    SAINTS 5-1 BITCHES

  • The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE

    SSSSSSSSoooooooooooooo irrelevant

  • http://aramhiphopetc.blogspot.com/ I Fux

    Benzino- needs a reality show, it would be the most unintentional comedy series ever

    “I am going to arrive on a white fucking horse” Benzino said

    ^ What the fuck does that mean

  • K.O.T.S

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…

  • K.O.T.S

    in the famous words of Jim Jones

    “BOOOOORING!!!”

  • Tyler

    U can’t call your self chillin’ at a KKK event for fun and then get all bent outta shape cause someone calls U a nigger, ya’ dig which is what this chic is pullin’ plus, ain’t these 2 niggas damn near broke? So even if she wins what will she gain? StupidBitch! BOL, U have been slackin’ off the last couple of BLOGS since U got your shit wipe’d up off the net dawg. U need 2 step it up playa. Peep the musical vibes at: http://www.myspace.com/marcmaysrockandrollthug
    http://www.myspace.com/marcusorealiusmusic

  • rip van winkle

    Preach Bol preach

  • http://www.myspace.com/poisonousdarthfc Poisonous Dart

    Ignorant ass Byron Crawford wrote:

    The Source is, after all, a hip-hop magazine. Is hip-hop not a genre of music in which women are constantly referred to (except on Common records) as bitches, hoes, sluts, and what have you? If a magazine is going to feature a prominent photograph of an R&B singer’s vag, how inappropriate is it, really, for the magazine’s owner to comment on the size of said vag?

    Again, an argument could be made that the work environment for a woman at a hip-hop magazine couldn’t reasonably be expected to be any better than at, say, a strip club. Mays and Benzino are suggesting that these charges are an attempt to extort money – of which I’m sure there’s hardly any – from the Source, and I’m tempted to believe this is true.

    PD responds with:

    So, let’s get this straight…It’s Kim’s fault for trying to be a female journalist writing about hip hop in the first place? Are you implying that Hip Hop is so inherently ignorant that she should have expected harsh treatment whether or not she was in a position of power at ANY hip hop publication, not just one run (into the ground) by Raymond Scott? So all hip hop/rap is about is degrading women and calling them bitches? You really and truly believe this shit?

    You dissapoint every Black man/woman who writes for a living on a daily basis. You need to know that…One.

  • ANDREW

    ashanti does have a fat pussy thought i want to fuck it u me

    eat it, beat it, skeet it lol

  • http://xxlmag.com Bol

    >You dissapoint every Black man/woman who writes for a living on a daily basis.

    Wow, you’re starting to sound like my mom.

  • homo

    first homos

  • K.O.T.S

    my moms always told me to respect women…no matter what….cuz at the end of the day you came from one…just cause Kim worked in a hip-hop environment doesnt mean she needed or deserved to be treated like that…

  • e

    You trying to get on Splinter’s good side Bol.

  • Spark

    NEVER Pitch The Bitch. Real Talk.

  • Spark

    But What if Kim had an attitude problem aloyt of bitches do.

  • content

    bol,

    i agree the harasment probably never took place or at least to the extent she claims but it seems to me that you were supporting it when you hypothetically provided examples.

    not a good look

  • content

    but yeah, she’s pulling some shit

  • e

    If a magazine is going to feature a prominent photograph of an R&B singer’s vag
    ^^^^^
    How come I haven’t seen this photo of Ashanti. Damn I gotta step my game up

  • http://xxlmag.com Bol

    >But What if Kim had an attitude problem aloyt of bitches do.

    LOL

    I’m pretty sure that was one of the defense’s arguments.

  • http://www.myspace.com/corinnemq Corinne

    Poisonous Dart has the best say from all of you and I’m glad to see it said loud and clear.

  • e

    So all hip hop/rap is about is degrading women and calling them bitches?
    ^^^^^
    No but most good hip hop is

  • e

    Its posts like these that lead everyone to think Bol is a 40 year old virgin

  • Danja29

    Bol- we already know how you get down anyway. If a woman who isn’t white said it, you don’t respect it, so I’ma act like you didn’t imply that she woulda deserved it if it did happen.

  • The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE

    http://www.ozonemag.com/index2.html

    listen to the audio clip of benzino leaving a message on her answering machine…

  • The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE
  • Heat_Seeker

    Kim Osorio is sexy azz hell!!!

  • Spark

    uno lol

  • DocZeus

    Only Bol would take Benzino’s side if Benzino actually was guilty as fuck. Gotta love Uncle Ruckus, folks.

  • Were Read 2 Def

    No Doubt Heat Seeker

  • Mr.Me

    Thompson also revisited episodes in which Benzino allegedly touched Osorio’s underwear and said Ashanti had a “fat pussy” upon looking at a Source cover on which she posed.

    “What I felt is there was a bulge,” Benzino responded. “Her pussy had a bulge.”

    lol. classic

  • Bang

    Ashanti has a fat pussy. but if a sloppy, fat faced irv hit it, it kinda ruins the fantasy of wanting to hit that too

  • http://www.supposedtobubble.blogspot.com buu

    bol has made fun of and talked about how stupid benzino is numerous times and is merely bringing up how suspicious kim o’s timing is/was/whatever. no anita hill.

  • e

    fat faced irv hit it, it kinda ruins the fantasy of wanting to hit that too
    ^^^^^
    I’d still tear apart Ashanti’s fat muff(no ja rule)

  • frankwhite45

    True we are a male dominated culture.

    myspace.com/ninohnewjack myspace.com/ninohnewjack

  • http://xxlmag.com Bol

    >“What I felt is there was a bulge,” Benzino responded. “Her pussy had a bulge.”

    *dies*

  • Mr.Me

    Yall think Bassie sweet? Dont foget he keeps the hammer in his bitches Prada bag incase the haters wanna act tight

    http://www.usatoday.com/sports/basketball/nba/blazers/2006-02-15-telfair-gun-fine_x.htm

  • Bang

    fat faced irv hit it, it kinda ruins the fantasy of wanting to hit that too
    ^^^^^
    I’d still tear apart Ashanti’s fat muff(no ja rule)

    ———

    yeah, I know, I would too but it’s still kinda tainted

  • Craptacular

    I like ponies and flowers in my bathtub

  • 5 STAR X-E-Q-SHUN

    boring

  • Enlightened

    On COMMON’S LAST ALBUM -
    he actually said a punchline something like:
    I’m Lil’ Com, make righteous bitches get low!
    That shit was tight

  • New York Nigga

    i hate XXL man WHY DO I GIVE A SHOT BOUT THIS ARTICLE ADN HOW R THESE FAGOT WOH ACTUALLY FOLLOW XXL COLUMN! Da source iz bac am going to it rite now!

  • 160jordansdeep

    Ashanti does have a fat pussy.

  • http://www.smokiesays.blogspot.com Smokie

    On point post.

  • Omar

    Since I’m about the only nigga on here that has a job, that would make me the best qualified to tell you in the real world if you’re a supervisor and you call a female subordinate a slut, constantly hit on them, ask who they’re fucking, and/or comment on how fat someone’s pussy is you’re going to get nailed for sexual harassment if you don’t lose your fuckin’ job first.

  • lukee lefty

    balls

  • http://www.okayplayer.com Spark

    Hey Yo Omar i got a job and just sometimes my receptionist as a real fucking attitude problem and i would go off on so bad. But ur right u got 2 keep cool but in my head i have her head on a stick

  • SUPERMAN

    EM IS JUST AS DUMB AS BENZINO.

  • Lou-E

    Duke again you suck I don’t even know why I WASTE my fuking time with your bullshit…Like they would say on the island eres un “PUERCO TIPO”!!!(NO HOMO)

  • dutchtwista

    Can we all agree that these two deserve each other?

    I’m not saying Kim deserved to be disrespected but she’s nobody’s naive, pure, journalist. EVERYBODY in the industry heard some kind of story about her crossing the ethical line with an artist or two. It’s wrong for anybody in the mag business to do that, male or female. sorry…

  • Alani from the X

    lol only SOHH.com has the Source coverage. It’s exclusive. And you know it lol! But I got madd love for this website and other hip-hop websites as well. Just be honest about where you get your stories from, that’s all.

  • skeeter

    you’s a faggot ass nigga Bol (no Manute)

  • MIC RICH

    you had to cool off bol?

  • Petey Cent

    Bowl, I think you’re the only BITCH around here.

    Does this look like a straight man to you? To me, this looks like a guy that touches himself at night.

  • http://myspace.com/legacyhiphop Belize

    BOOOORIIIINNNGGG!

  • Vindi
  • jilla

    fuck benzino, fuck da otha nigga, fuck da bitch, definitely fuck dat faggot ass nigga bol, peace