There’s a popular fad spreading across some parts of the U.S. right now. Guys are wearing T-shirts and hats that say “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp” and “Pimpin’ Ain’t Easy.” I imagine this was sparked by the song by Three 6 Mafia, which was featured in the movie Hustle and Flow. Here are some lyrics:
You know it’s hard out there for a pimp, when he tryin to make money for the rent, for the Cadillacs and gas money spent, because a whole lot of b****** talking s***…gotta keep my hustle tight, makin change off these women, yeah.
Perhaps the song is supposed to make some of statement, but my concern is that this fad is merely perpetuating the positive image of a pimp. Guys are often seen at Halloween dressed up in pimp costumes with girls hanging off their arms. It’s all pretty innocent I’m sure, but it sends a message that being a pimp is funny, cool, profitable, and socially acceptable. The reality is that pimps are manipulative, abusive, and money-hungry. Ask any girl who has been under a pimp’s control.
It’s hard out here for a pimp? Give me a break. Sadly it’s just another slogan that is allowing guys to play the victim card while profiting off the bodies of women.