Sent to Last Days:
I've recently returned to Seattle after living abroad for the past ten years and wherever I was, your insights on public displays of grooming stayed with me. I thought of you particularly the day I walked by a man shaving, with shaving cream and a flat razor, in a fountain outside of a church in Brussels. This fountain, interestingly enough, was situated very closely to the open air public urinal installed on the side of the church. (L'eglise St. Catherine, Brussels, Belgium.) I saw so many odd displays of public grooming in Belgium I stopped keeping track. Clipping nails on the metro was very common, as was urinating everywhere (it's the francophone way!) How often I thought of Last Days and laughed! You helped me through many shocked and disgusted times.
Thank you, Erin, and welcome back.
I read the above article and it has touch me deeply. I am 72 years old and I have experience some of the situations mentioned by Mr. Mudede including being followed in stores but in addition also followed in several museums as well as stopped by police on more than one occasion. I had a letter published in the Journal American some years ago in regards to one stop in Bellevue where I have lived since 1975. When I questioned the officer after he had examined my license and registration and proof of insurance his only explanation for pulling me over was that according to him I was stopped too far into the cross walk which was not true. The very next Weekend at the same intersection I saw a car stopped all the way across the same cross walk and so I observed to see if the police car stopped parallel would pull the driver over. The driver was not pulled over. I also observed a police car stopped in a cross walk forcing people to walk around it. These two incidents prompted me to write the city.
But my main reason for writing is in regards to what my maternal grandfather told me when I was a teenager. He told me though old enough to fight in World War 1 he would not because he wasn't about to fight for the rights of foreigners when his own country was denying him basic human rights. When I went into the service in 1962 I spent just a year after experiencing several humiliating situations while traveling by bus to a base in Alabama from my home in California. As soon as I arrived at the base I asked in a group why should I want to fight Russia and its people in light of the fact they had not taken away rights or humiliated me as much as America had and continues to do.
It is absolutely a disgrace that after more than 200 years since the writing of The Constitution persons of color are still treated as second class citizens even though they have participated and fought in every war this country has been involved with starting with the Revolutionary War.
It hurts to travel to a foreign country and find you are treated with more respect than you are in your own country.
And sometimes it makes us want to throw up.
I am one of the producers of a new TV show called, “The Test”. It will air in the fall and is produced by Stage 29 Productions, the same company that produces the daytime show, “The Doctors.”
We are offering free DNA paternity and Lie Detector tests for people in conflict or disputes, where these free tests may help. I am trying to reach out to the lower income communities of Washington state and when I searched, your site came up and opened at an article you ran Sept. 23rd, 2011.
I was wondering if your website would be interested in helping us reach people in need of such services and if so, am happy to provide more details.
Please call of contact me via email if this is something of interest you and your readers.
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PS. I have also included a flyer.
A reader writes on Italian dining in Burien:
There are twelve such restaurants in town including pizza places, and they are surprisingly good, each in its own way. My favorite is the cheapest and least pretentious plate service and tablecloth place, Vince's. Great food, fair prices, no hassles.
In particular, I would like to recommend Arcadia, at 17642 1st Ave. S, www.arcadiataste.com. We went there on Friday night; the specials were seafood ciopinno (spelling? Italian bouillabaisse) and blackened halibut, which latter I found quite tasty and the former, quite appetizing by sight and perfume from afar. In the $20 per person range before drinks. Good service, Patsy Cline, Eartha Kitt, et al jazz in the background.
The owner has... has made an heroic effort to upgrade her establishment. The restaurant, tucked away in a nondescript strip mall, has been remodeled and the menu upgraded. My meal tasted better to me this time, though my wife found the gyro plate as good as the one she had during two earlier visits a year ago. Tatziki sauce particularly fine; fresh brewed iced tea of the best kind. Far as I can tell, she (the owner, not my wife) deserves a fair review from you and corresponding boost to her clientele. The place was two-thirds empty on a Friday night; what a waste. As if Seattle had enough first-rate, reasonably-priced restaurants to leave any of them unattended.
Now, if we could only get a good breakfast place or two within a short walk of High Point (plus a neighborhood grocery store and/or retail mall closer than the California Ave train wreck of them, the promise of which unfulfilled leaves a mixed neighborhood on the ragged edge of being a slum), life would be good. CountrySide Café in Burien is by far the best, and still too far away.
For what it's worth. Ciao, chow and bon appetit, Ms. N.
Vince's in South Seattle was great, and there was much sorrow when it closed; good to hear a positive report on the Burien branch. Pretty much everybody who's ever been raves wildly about Bistro Baffi in Burien, named after the chef/owner's facial hair ("baffi" means mustache in Italian).
Anyone, any more intel on Italian in Burien?
The urgent request for crab assistance (crabsistance?):
Please help us out! We will be leaving the kids behind to celebrate our 10th anniversary next weekend. We're coming down from the 'ham (BELLINGham, that is) to spend a couple nights in Seattle and would love to stuff ourselves with some sweet, delicious, fresh crab! Where oh where should we go?
First of all, NOW I WANT CRAB. Okay! What you should do is go to Bar Sajor, where they have chilled Dungeness that's socks-knocking-off good, served with a garlic mayonnaise that you will want to dip the rest of your life into. Obviously, enjoy it with a bottle of some lovely white wine. Bar Sajor is nice but not at all stuffy; perfect for the anniversary of those who don't require, say, valet parking or live piano-playing. Make a reservation!
You should also go to Taylor Shellfish's shop on Capitol Hill for MORE CRAB and maybe some oysters too and, obviously, more white wine. It's an old-school-feeling, smallish fish market with only a few tables, but they are super nice and they get the good stuff. They should have some chilled Dungeness waiting for you. You could—you should—do this for lunch, in the middle of walking around the city, hugging and kissing occasionally.
Anyone else, crab suggestions? (Crabgestions? Sorry, that sounds gross.)
A reader writes:
I'll be visiting Seattle for five days around July 4, and the main point of the trip is to decide whether or not to move from NYC in October. What should I check out/explore/think about over my trip, to influence my decision? I want to try and do more practical stuff (see the areas I might hang out in regularly, maybe see some apartments), rather than touristy stuff (e.g. museums).
About me: I've been told I should try to get a place in Capitol Hill, since I'm a gay. Besides being a gay, I'm nerdy (I make and read comics, I like video games, dnd, stuff like that), I'm a UX Designer, and I draw stuff for fun. I've been told Seattle is great for all those things. I think my main reason for considering the move is the lower cost of living—I dream of spending more time making art and comics, and less time doing UX work, if I can make it happen.
Help a nerd out in comments! And be nice!
A letter to the editor:
Is it just me, or is The Stranger rampant with needlessly scathing articles? I've always appreciated The Stranger for Free Will Astrology, Savage Love and the opinions on offbeat, local subjects.
But lately, I've been repelled by all of the verbally abusive retorts on benign subjects (ie Ballet) and the -just plain ignorant commentaries, such as the latest, "Street Harassment," which I found to be a little offensive and somewhat, socially irresponsible. Don't get me wrong, I think that self-defense is extremely important but I wouldn't encourage women to engage with anyone who makes a petty, derogatory comment, as it could lead to an actual assault. I mean, a young woman was stabbed a few days ago in LA for not giving up a dollar to a homeless man as she had engaged with him, instead of just walking away.
Ultimately, it makes me wonder, are we trying to cultivate an angry, paranoid and aggressive audience here?
I don't know, maybe these articles are meant purely as entertainment and amusement and I'm taking them too seriously. But if that's the case, can't you guys do a little better? I know the world is a mean and scary place, especially for your writers, but maybe figure out some subjects that are deserving of praise or awe, rather than ridicule and anger.
A reader from Ballard has written a very sweet, very sincere letter asking why The Stranger uses the coarse language it uses:
Dear The Stranger,
Since I moved to Seattle about 5 years ago, I have had a love/hate feeling about The Stranger.
Frequently the most important things I learn about my new community I have read in The Stranger. Frequently I quit picking it up at the Ballard Library because I feel so bad after I have read articles in which your use of bad potty language has been excessive.
Seriously. I'm not talking about articles about sex, which are fine. I am talking about using words such as those with the f and sh, which make me cringe and which also are not as expressive or as clear as other adjectives, verbs, and nouns [that] would be in your writing.
Every week I also try to read the New Yorker, every month The Atlantic, and every day the New York Times, which are all excellent, as you know. No potty language needed. As well-written and packed with information as The Stranger.
More letter—and my reply—after the jump:
A letter to the editor, from reader Deanna:
I think it's a shame that on your most recent Last Days column, last Saturday the 25th "nothing happened today." Actually, two million people took to the streets to address a huge global issue: Monsanto and their GMO crops are poisoning our food supply. I think it should have been mentioned. We need as many people becoming educated and joining the fight as possible.
To be fair, Last Days' "nothing happened today" was followed by "unless you count the heavy rains that triggered flash floods that killed two women in San Antonio, Texas, or the school bus explosion that killed 17 children in Pakistan, or the revelation that US television personality Jimmy Kimmel spent $1.9 million on a nude painting of Bea Arthur, which he then gave as a gift to friend and fellow comedian Jeffrey Ross." But Deanna's right: It was also a day marked by huge protests against genetically modified food (and actress Octavia Spencer's birthday!)
Subject: Silence = Death
Stranger Editor and Staff:
I'm cribbing from Keith Haring because maybe that will get through the provincial hipster haze that is The Stranger. I'm referring to the case of Bradley Manning and the roar of silence from the gay community, which should be supporting him as much as any other issue, gay or otherwise. Glenn Greenwald offers a demolition of gay cowardice in today's Guardian.
Gay marriage supporters who obediently kick PFC Manning to the curb remind of nothing so much as African-American soldiers in the Civil War, who only had to wait 130 years before gaining the right to vote. Gay obedience will not protect marriage rights; just as the mass of progressive legislation from the early 1970's was ultimately thwarted, so too is gay marriage always open to reversal without a vigorous defense of human rights on all fronts.
The Stranger became an embarrassment as the Manning trial began and the silence could no longer be explained away. I reiterate my support for the permanent end of sexual closets, and also to ripping the gay activist base out of its newly-minted political closet.
Have a voice for Bradley Manning, because later on we straights might decide that gay marriage really wasn't worth the headache and wasn't a few decades enough?
Yours in contempt,
You can read recent Stranger coverage of Bradley Manning here and here, plus this post titled "How to Write a Letter of Support to Bradley Manning."
This is regarding bikes in Seattle:
I know you like bikes. So do I. I have a proposal for Seattle which could put it squarely in the spotlight as the most bike-friendly major city in the US (which as we know is a magnet to all those hip, educated, 20/30-somethings that are the lifeblood of a city’s future). And, as far as transportation infrastructure goes, it's really, really cheap.
It's called "1NS/1EW." One bike-only street that goes north-south and another that goes east-west. Cars get hundreds of streets, bikes should get one!
Cars have the right-of-way everywhere in the US. European cities often have big carless plazas and bike-only streets. But except for Mayor Bloomberg’s pilot in Times Square, cars are literally, literally everywhere in the US. Isn’t it about time we ask for one little strip of their domain?
This idea, by the way, is much different than a greenway. This isn’t a trail that skirts AROUND a city. And it isn’t tens of millions of dollars in cycle-track redevelopment. This is a NORMAL street.
We take a standard, low-vehicular-traffic, two-way street that is centrally located. We change it so that, except for major intersections, cross traffic must stop. Then we sign it so that it is “Local Access Only”—in other words, cars and trucks can still travel half a block to load/unload/park as needed. Then we tell the city and the world that Seattle just invented the first major bike-only street in America for the cost of a few signs and some green paint. Done.
Yes, it would be a small inconvenience for drivers, but it’s counterbalanced by the fact that it keeps cyclists "out of the way" of busier/faster streets. It’s like the “green streets” concept that Portland pioneered, only smarter.
I’m not a realtor, but I have a hunch it would be pretty cool to live or work on the bike-street. It’ll be quieter, safer and more pedestrian (aka shopper) friendly. I think property values would be driven up.
Hey, I’m a driver too. And I know that Seattle, with all its water, is hard as hell to navigate. But to me, getting cyclists safely off the thoroughfares and onto their own is worth the sacrifice of one street. Let’s try it. Let’s pilot it. And if it doesn’t work, it’s a song to undo.
Let me know what you think.
I say: Hear, hear! What do you say?
A happy update:
Thanks so much for posting my message, I found who I was looking for! Sorry about the layout of the message, I'd never emailed a newspaper before and I thought you would only publish the parts relevant to finding them :p the irony is I'm actually an English literature graduate but I never really use paragraphs in casual emails lol!
Thanks once again I really appreciate what you have done,
So thanks, Slog! (I let Michelle know that I was just joking with the header, and that editing costs extra, payable in the form of baked goods.)
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Without further ado:
Subject: a refreshing account of an act of kindness from one human to another, when most news is bad news!
I was wondering if you could help me with something. My name is Michelle Gallagher, I am from Scotland and I was working in California in the summer of 2009 when a lovely couple whom I had never met before, came into my workplace in the Northstar resort of Lake Tahoe, and out of the blue, after just ten minutes of conversation, and asking for nothing in return, invited me to visit them at their home in Medina, Washington at some point in my trip, so that I could experience the beauty of their city as I would probably never have seen it otherwise. I am pretty sure this area they said was six miles away from the home of Bill Gates, whose daughter the lady used to teach at elementary school. Their names were Pam and Chris Espinoza (or at least I am pretty sure that is their second name!). On the way home from our summer work experience, my friend and I decided to do something wild, and take them up on their offer and we called them and arranged to stay with them and honestly they treated us like royalty, but on the way home we both lost their card which contained their email addresses, I don't know how but we did and we have felt terrible about this ever since...
This just popped up in our inbox (emphasis mine):
Subject: Why can't I see the Space Needle?
Why indeed. Apparently because the mayor and city council are more concerned about developers desires than those of the citizens and visitors to this city of Seattle. Are they getting their palms greased? Perhaps. It sure seems that way. I was driving back from Portland this last Sunday. Seeing the Space Needle just made me feel like I am finally home again from that long drive known locally as the slog. The very idea that the city council and the mayor WANT to have bigger buildings is bad enough. I understand the need of commerce and expansion, but to do so with no concern whatsoever for the people of this region, not just Seattle, is just plain deplorable! Again, the people here get what they are given, not what they want. Or need for that matter. I feel very strongly their goal is just too much and the people need to speak out against the height and blockage of our icon that is the Space Needle. Other cities have spires, Las Vegas, Dallas and others. But NONE of them resemble the Space Needle. That was Bagley Wright’s goal. To create a place to see from afar and to visit up close that is uniquely Seattle. I can’t imagine how he would feel if he were alive today. He passed not so long ago. Perhaps the council and mayor were just waiting for his passing to pounce on this opportunity. I’m sure they’d have one hell of a fight if he were here today!
PLEASE DON'T BLOCK THE VIEW!
We assume she's referring to the Space Needle Corporation's recent campaign aimed at preventing new development in South Lake Union from blocking views of the Needle. But we'd like to point you, Rita, to a much more elegant solution than preventing development, which we reported on last week: "Build Additional Space Needles," the newest campaign to save your Space Needley views! Check out this rendering by KOMO News of our fair city with two dozen additional Space Needles—unforgettable! This is urban design at its best.
Meanwhile, as I was typing this, the Space Needle folks struck again, sending out a press release with the newest prong of their view-saving campaign: a one-minute radio ad. "Once our views are gone, we'll never get them back," it warns. Listen here!
UPDATE: Gold star comment of the day goes to MacCrocodile in the comments on this post:
Just yesterday, I went to the Space Needle with some friends from out of town. It was terrifying. I couldn't see the Space Needle from inside the gift shop. Of course I blacked out, and when I came to, I would have been completely disoriented except that I was outside and laying on the ground, looking up at the Space Needle.
A reader sent a letter to the editor in response to Anna Minard's "Are Seattle Schools Racist?" Estlin Graves writes:
Is this a rhetorical question?
When I tell Seattle folk that I'm a recent transplant from the Deep South, one of two general reactions typically occur. The first is an empathetic nod and a pat on the shoulder with "Yeah, man, me too. Don't all these passive-aggressive West Coast pricks drive you mad?" And the second, more common reaction is a disparaging forced smile and a slight eye twitch, carefully concealed immediately thereafter, as if to say "Now that I know I'm speaking with ignorance manifested, I'll try to keep my composure until I can find a way to evade deep conversation."
As I drove across the country a few months ago with nothing but the shit I could fit in my tiny car on my way west, I got to see and study the social climates of some of the USA's most defining cities—New York, D.C., Chicago—but what stands out to me still is the time I spent in Milwaukee.
One toothless laborer I met in a bar there boasted that Milwaukee is "among the top three most segregated cities in America," and indeed, my aimless walks around the city's various neighborhoods revealed abrupt shifts in culture every few blocks. The wealthy (almost entirely white) folks lived in small mansions looking over the city's (almost entirely nonwhite) slums. At the risk of sounding like a liberal arts student, I thought "Christ, this place is an embodiment of our entire nation's social and racial situation."
The northwest, though, is different. I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I got here, because if you say "Seattle" in most of the South, folks tend to look at you like you said "Cambodia," so far removed is its progressive culture.
The truth is, what I've found here is hardly any different than hellish Milwaukee. The west coast is no less racist than the rural parts of the Carolinas; it's just better at pretending to not be racist.
I would like to know if someone at The Stranger is working on an article about the $25 bicycle tax that is being proposed by Representative Judy Clibborn. If possible I would like to talk to the person that is writing that article and if not I would like to talk to a reporter who would consider writing such an article. I read the SLOG post by Dominic Holden on the subject and while it addresses some aspects of what this tax would do there are some more specifics that I think are important.
As the owner of a local bicycle shop this proposal concerns me greatly.
My main points of objection are:
1. That it is based on the false premise that the roads, highways and bridges are paid for primarily by gas and motor vehicle taxes. My research has found that the majority of the cost is borne by the general fund that all taxpayers contribute to. If we drove cars instead of bikes it would cost taxpayers more, not less.
2. The tax would be due only on sales from local bicycle stores. People buying bicycles from out of state who are already not paying our 9.5% sales tax would not have to pay this tax either. On a $500 bike this would amount to a total of about 14.5% in taxes that we would have to charge.
Two more reasons from Montlake Bicycle shop owner Neil Wechsler after the jump.
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Truly, you can make just about anything out of recycled paper these days.
Dear Mr. Holden,
My daughter says that I recklessly put sriracha sauce on everything I eat. In your writing, I feel that you carelessly squirt the charge of racism on everything.
Not every social problem can be blamed on horrible racists running around being racist. After a while, the charge starts to seem forced... even lazy.
Yours very truly,
I carelessly squirted back a reply to Mr. Meyer asking for examples of my writing placing "the charge of racism on everything."
Mr. Meyer pointed me to two pieces I've written. First, as evidence of my reckless squirting, he cited "Asian Americans Wonder if Racism Persists on Rob McKenna's Campaign," about the reaction to a McKenna staffer tweeting that Asians needed to "shut up and drive." How could anyone think that telling an entire race of people to shut up is racist? Mr. Meyer doesn't, apparently. Second, he cited a piece in which I used the word racism once: "It's Not About the Stoners." Only a reckless squirter would recklessly link the drug war and racial bias.
Squirt, squirt, squirt.
Mr. Maxwell is back for more!
Punk Is Not Dead! - Letter to the Stranger
Congratulations, the Stranger! You’ve somehow managed to hire Emily Nokes, a music writer that’s even dumber than Megan Selig. Kudos.
But why stop there? Why not take this aging teeny-bopping worthless scenester and make her the editor of the whole music department? What’s that? That’s exactly what you did? Well, once again you’re one step ahead of me and a million miles behind the times. Let’s start with some excerpts of her reviews in your October 10-16, 2012 issue, and I quote:
“aww” – from Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby review
“Double aww!” – from same
“EEEEEEEH!” – from Naomi Punk review
Those quotes are taken out of context, but they are there nonetheless. To be fair to Emily here is another quote from the Naomi Punk review:
“…they take their time, unwinding with high airy vocals and oddly gratifying key changes that fade in and out as they please.”
Which isn’t bad, except she’s describing Naomi Punk, a band that does none of those things. If you go to Naomi Punk’s bandcamp site you get the privilege of hearing two cuts from their latest sold out LP The Feeling. The first one is entitled Voodoo Trust, a bland garagey drone that sounds like it was recorded with a set of cheap headphones plugged into a boombox. They do not take their time. The vocals are anything but airy as the singer whines out of key in the background. Fortunately his poor voice is buried beneath an uninspired derivative surf guitar lick that is repeated over and over until the key does in fact change. Once. To an equally uninspired and stale progression until the song finally ends as though the band just stopped playing for no good reason.
The other song entitled The Spell sounds remarkably similar to Voodoo Trust. So much so that it’s not worth mentioning any further.
She'll never see it because I wrote it on an internet. And Cindy doesn't want The Stranger on an internet. She would prefer the printed version, sent by courier, which she also used to send us this letter with an envelope. Here is the front:
Every year we get these sorts of letters, but this one's special:
To: Stranger Editorial control board
Re: Complaint about profanity in Your “July 17, 2012 Endorsements for the August 7 Primary Election"
YOUR PROFANITY IN YOUR ENDORSEMENTS detracts, offends and renders your article far less effective. The strength of your article and recommendations arise from the specifics which you document. They have persuasive punch that the Seattle Times’ endorsements lack. But your profanity distracts, offends and shoots you in your collective feet.
it shows a poverty of language and thought which discredits the article - particularly amongst elderly people, residents of retirement homes who might otherwise follow your recommendations
Below is a copy of the article from which I have deleted your swearwords, and substituted words such as “fool”. I think it vastly improves the article
PLEASE publish a profanity free version - such as mine below, AND avoid profanity in your recommendations for the finals, This will greatly increase your audience, impact and influence.
Besides it shows more skill and competence, and ,should be more fun to write without profanity. ,
And sure enough, Mr. Howe included a revised version of our endorsements with his superior word choices. Please compare our original endorsements to Howe's draft below:
In response to our recent story about the city's ban on women with mastectomies swimming topless in public pools, a reader writes:
I have been a swimmer for my entire life and want everyone to be able to get the same benefits. WITHIN REASON. The community centers need to try and accommodate conservative beliefs so that more people can use the facilities. It is great that their are times set aside for Muslim women to swim in accordance with their lifestyle. Other women with conservative backgrounds probably go at those times also. If Parks doesn't do that then those women can't swim. Conservative families who aren't comfortable at the center won't go and it won't be the women and children who make that decision. Jodi Jaecks shouldn't make that decision either.
There are public pools all over the city with different time slots. Jodi should reconsider spending her energy hassling with the parks department and use it to work on healing. I hope she does and I wish her the best.
Anna Bergman, ladies and gentlemen.
A reader writes in to ask:
Why are there no squirrels on Beacon Hill this spring? They were all over the place in years past. Am I just impatient? Is it too early for them? Or has something catastrophic wiped them all out? Ordinarily the golf course at Jefferson Park is a squirrel factory. It keeps the surrounding neighborhoods abundantly supplied with our cute bushy tailed nut chomping pests. So far this year I have not seen even one squirrel anywhere. What's up?
All right, squirrel nuts (see what I did there????): Now's your time to shine. Put your theories in the comments.
Find out who teens are threatening to clumsily torture and kill over here!
Only when every richly powerful and powerfully rich person on this earth is living in constant and abject fear of being cooked and eaten alive will there be peace in our world.
Mount Vernon, Washington
So true, Leland.
The labels, which must have been printed more than a week ago, say: "FUZE is proud to donate $325,000 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure."
Also: tastes like snozberries.
Back (click to enlarge):
Good news! We got an actual, real letter in the actual, real mail! Let's just read what it says...
For those who can't read print anymore thanks to rampant computer usage, here's a transcription:
In reference to your Vol. 21, No. 18 issue—front page of Jan. 4-10, 2012, you spelled your own newspaper name wrong. It said The Starnger, instead of The Stranger. Since the main subject was on, "We Regret These Errors" I thought it should be corrected, too.
[Basically Illegible Signature]
P.S. This is my 1st time looking at your paper.
The cover in question is posted on the left. Turns out, dear first-time reader, you were right. It does say The Starnger. How embarrassing for us! We regret the error. In addition, it is not our 129th annual regrets issue, as the cover claims. It was only our 9th annual regrets issue. We regret that error, too. Further, I did not write about the "Iowa Primaries" on our website, as the cover indicates. I wrote about the Iowa caucuses. There were no Iowa primaries. That is an error we regret, as well.
I could promise that we'll try to be more accurate in the coming year, but, really, what's the point? We all know the parade of fuckups never ends at the good ol' Starnger.
When a male rapper calls another male rapper a bitch, and this is not uncommon, it is always in the spirit of mockery, and not camaraderie ("my nigga"). It's the same as a male rapper calling another a fag. Indeed, the very fact this is meant to express the extremely low regard one male rapper holds for another shows how low a regard they have for the rights of gays and women.