When The Broke Socialite heard about Ms. Rogers stepping down she sent me a text:
Me: WHAT?????????? (Turning on television...pulling up Mr. Google.)
TBS: Please come help me. I'm paralyzed!
Me: I can't even type. Reading it now.
TBS: WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO?
Me: We should start a web movement for everyone to drink a glass of champagne in solidarity at a certain time to show support.
TBS: Agreed. Get a FB page going. I'll help with it. This calls for champagne.
Me: And FABULOUS neck baubles!
TBS: Oh yes, girl. MUST!
And that is how the FB fan page was started last Friday.
Since then...I've been contacted by reporters wanting to know why we started the page and what Ms. Rogers means to us. My standard answer has been:
"Ms. Rogers brought light to the fact that women of color enjoy a certain quality of life as well which includes entertaining. We didn't just learn about Ms. Rogers when she became the White House Social Secretary. She's BEEN someone we used as a go to for flyness and she's not the only one. Women like Phyllis Briley, B. Smith, Sheila Bridges, etc. are out there doing the same thing Martha Stewart is doing but whenever someone is thinking of an impeccable entertainer...it's always someone that doesn't look like us. It's that arrogance that was challenged and we won't stop being fans of Ms. Rogers because of politics. We were fans of the Zulu Queen BEFORE politics for reasons that had nothing to do with President Obama."
I find it disconcerting that so many people are amazed that Ms. Rogers has supporters and it bothers me big time. I read the comments on the articles regarding her leaving on The Washington Post's site and the things some folks were saying about her just really saddened me completely. As always, the racist undertones were getting louder and louder and...the fact that Ms. Rogers is a beautiful, Black, successful woman seems to bring out the absolute worst in people and you know that 99.99% of those people with all the negative ish to say don't even KNOW that woman.
I don't know what the point of this post was anymore. All I know is that I'm really feeling some kinda way about it all.
Ms. Rogers...I've been a fan for a minute and I can't wait to see what you do next. I know whatever it is will be FABULOUS indeed.
SIP: Some people suck.
Me: Indeed they do. *sigh*