*Amid reports that BET has banned Teairra Mari’s new video “Sponsor” because it glorifies golddiggers, word has it that the singer may still appear on the network’s video countdown show “106 & Park.”
In the buzzed-about track, featuring Gucci Mane and Soulja Boy, Mari sings about finding a man who can be her “sponsor,” the 2010 term for “sugardaddy,” and continuously gift her with expensive items.
BET reportedly feels that the video encourages young women to trade sex for material things. Teairra’s people issued a letter last week accusing the network of having a double standard. Blog site YBF says it received a letter from Mari’s Fo Reel Entertainment stating the following:
I feel bad for the underdogs because they are not given a fair chance and it’s even worse when your own kind won’t promote you. What’s bad about “Sponsor” that overshadows any work that Lil Wayne, Ludacris, and many others have showcased on BET? Why is it, do you think, that booty shaking and such is allowed but a video by a woman encouraging others to make it is bad? Why is it that Lil Wayne can perform “Every Girl In the World” with his daughter on stage, but women artists have to be “appropriate?” I understand if they would at least let Teairra come on the show to explain the concept behind the song.
According to the Web site Singers Room, an appearance from Mari on “106 & Park” is in the works for her to premiere and discuss the controversial video, seen below.