In recent news: Nas, hip-hop artist and mononym enthusiast.
He went on Twitter last month and called feminism, "the woman's mafia." He then followed with, "I don't have to agree with you to respect you."
While any criticism of the feminist movement may bear a close resemblance to sexism (for some people, anyway), criticizing a movement isn't quite the same as outright bigotry of whatever demographics comprise the movement.
Keep in mind, whether or not he was expressing genuine misogyny, I am not defending misogyny or criticizing the feminist movement. Even some women have criticized the feminist movement for various reasons. But I digress.
The main issue with Nas' tweet is his use of the term, "mafia." Did he mean that, like the mafia, feminism seeks out anyone with dissenting views, no matter how trivial, and figuratively drone-strike them out of existence? If so, feminism wouldn't be the only group with that policy. And when he says, "I don't have to agree with you to respect you," it could also be inferred that, whatever his feelings may be about the feminism movement, he still respects them. To me, that's a more mature position to hold, compared to, say, Pat Robertson:
Feminism encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians (1992).
I think most people would agree that, between the two, Nas was a lot more generous with his statement.
But feminists will (and likely, already did) descend upon Nas like paparazzi on Lindsay Lohan. When that happens, it won't be long before Nas resorts to the R. Kelly defense strategy, i.e. "You wanna know why they call me 'Nasty'?" But in everyone's best interest (also, in the best interest of recovering from the image that the previous sentence has burned into your head), we should all just calm down, take a step back, and avoid jumping to conclusions.
On a not-at-all related note, the aforementioned "20 Years of Blessing." That's right, April 19 marks the 20th anniversary of Nas' highly acclaimed debut album, "Illmatic"! Buy a copy today, or wait until April 15 for the re-release. And while you're at it, be sure to enjoy an ice cold bottle of Hennessy to put the ILL in CHILL.
You could also follow the example of the N.O.W. and surprise Nas with the gift of a severed horse head.
I mean, since he equated them with the Mafia, it's only fair.