Cam Newton had a polarizing moment recently on the “Million Dollaz Worth of Game” podcast when he veered into the man-woman dynamic.
Newton dished on being raised well by his family and his understanding of relationship dynamics when his perspective veered into the area of gender roles and responsibilities.
Cam Newton says this generation of men need to start acting like men again 🤔
— My Mixtapez (@mymixtapez) April 8, 2022
“I grew up in a three-parent household; my mom, my father, and my grandmother, and I knew what a woman was. Not a bad b***h, a woman,” Newton said, steering into delicate territory.
“Bad b***h is a person who’s just, you know, ‘girl, I’m a bad b***h, you know I’m doing this I’m doing that, ah ah.’ I look the part but I don’t act the part, and there’s a lot of women who are bad b***s, and I say b***s in a way not to degrade a woman but just to go off the aesthetic of what they deem is a boss chick.”
Newton went further and tripped a few land mines in the process.
“Now, a woman for me is handling your own but knowing how to cater to a man’s needs, right, and I think a lot of times when you get that aesthetic of, like, ‘I’m a boss chick like I’m a this, I’m a that,’ no, baby, but you can’t cook. You don’t know when to be quiet, you don’t know how to let a man lead.”
Newton’s tone is more old-school family than masculine reclamation others spout as gospel. However, co-host Wallo retorted with another perspective under the auspice of speaking for the women Newton mentioned earlier.
“Now the kickback of that is ‘be quiet?’ I’m going to kick back for the man that handles his business, you know, that’s what they say,” Wallo interjected. “I’m going to be vulnerable; I’m going to be submissive to a man that handles his business, that’s what they’re going to say, so what is your [response]?”
I’m confused about the Cam Newton conversation! Maybe it’s because I watched the whole clip. Why are people upset?
— Richard Jefferson (@Rjeff24) April 12, 2022
Cam responded with a mandate for the male counterpart to follow.
“But it’s ways to do it. I’m not just about to sit up here and beat up my queens, but I’m also going to tell the men to start being men, bro. That sucker sh*t should not be rewarded,” Cam nudged.
“When a person carries themself, social media-wise, and is a fraud in real life. Every person who has money, every person who is rich isn’t a real one, and I think that gets kind of misconstrued in this society now because a lot of people have money, but they’re not genuine people.”
The Podcast Principle
Podcasts like “Million Dollaz Worth of Game” specialize in the polarization of athletes by showing them in their most authentic form.
The athlete/entertainer/motivational speaker-led shows also blur the line between pop, Black, and street culture. That intersectionality is so nuanced that it places a more powerful microscope on how we analyze the comments of those whose filter is now eliminated.
Newton’s scrutiny comes from all angles.
Cam Newton basically said he prefers an Ayesha Curry or Savannah James over a Brittany Renner .. and all y’all heard was “cookin” 😂😂
— J Tuck (@jtuck151) April 11, 2022
The Cultural Quotient
However, it usually is through a carefully curated NFL straw. Since he left the league Newton has run the gamut of expressing himself within the realm of unfiltered digital media.
Newton’s perspective is unfortunately misunderstood, from his video conversation with his father, where he discussed his release from the New England Patriots, to the recent podcast statements deemed misogynistic by popular media.