Was the 2000’s groupie really that bad?

New columnist Gen debuts in classic Ave 1 fashion.

Testing the limits of now-2000’s nostalgia and the adage that time forgives all sins, the dating presence of “the groupie” has dropped significantly this summer. The last time we saw any flashes of the strong mindset that most are known for declaring, it boasted the honor of being the focal point of then-BET late night video show, Uncut.

Avenue 1 founder Brigante Chuckito went further, calling them “the lowest level of bottom dwellers next to photographers who attempt to get sex using their camera.”

Was the new millennium groupie really that bad? The short answer is, as fellow columnist/former model Eve Garcia might put it, “f@#k, yeah.” Their squealing at the NFL & NBA Draft parties, when combined with the clumsiness of trying their damnedest to be seen for what they consider their “come-up” is probably the biggest reason socialite is a dirty word.

Beyond fake designer bags and lack of character, liking a groupie can seem like an ethical failure: their personality and thought process frequently affirm a noxious value system in which a seething hatred of The Man coexists with a seething hatred of women, and rightfully so. These groupies have named Karrine Steffans among their heroes, but their most notorious accomplishment with this ‘artform’ was to have taken from Steffans her charging alienation and mapped it onto the effort-clinching, quest-accomplishing, so-called woman with power psyche.

And yet, despite this, when I recently attended an NFL Draft party, I experienced an unexpected sensation: pleasure. What’s astonishing is a level of class more stupid, more fun, and more interesting than history has given it credit for.

Heard today, the prototypical groupie is best appreciated as a complex comedic creation: eternally aggrieved and eternally spiteful, they conduct themselves as if they have more class than the royal queen of any country, it seems. Sometimes their antagonists’ transgressions are left vague: “Get ’em girls” is a term that most in the New York City area have coined with pride in their quest to import funds into their account. Other times, they detail their grievances in all their laughable banality: “I got them paying all of my bills” is an agonized screed … and proves not every woman on the planet aspires to be truly independent. “You might be in the wrong party with that after work party outfit sweetie,” A well known urban model-turned-super groupie from the mid-2000’s threatens one partygoer. It’s an absurd, adolescent taunt that makes me chuckle every time I hear it—and I can’t imagine any of these groupies don’t chuckle a bit at it, too.

It’s overly generous to argue that these women have completely f@#ked up the image of the independent woman in 2011; when they threaten to ‘send their army’ against trash-talkers…haters I guess, or names an athlete “come-up” in the first place, they probably don’t intend to exaggerate the womanhood mentality till it becomes satire. But in their quest to attract as many young, surly athletes as they can, the prototypical groupie clearly enjoys hamming up their role to the point of grotesquerie—and that might amount to the same thing.


  • Batsen

    In this case ..you can take the ho outta the toe…. but you can't take the toe outta the ho! …… just an observation.. yes..there are white ho's too! LEGAL DISCLAIMER. But not many.

  • Dan Rizzo

    Trash is still trash, even if it wears expensive shoes and bags.

  • qwertnyc

    Interesting about the black groupie trying to make a comeback.. Gonna take alot of work… everyone is tired of there act by now you see ball players flocking to other races they know the tired game now.

    This is Public Groupie #1.

  • DaMayor

    Man all them hoes is fucking ridiculous and miserable……

  • Megan

    Thes hoes are as ignorant, low class and slutty as they come. They should be ashamed to act like that for their kids to see. Nobody needs money that bad. or maybe they do there is many different levels of being a whore.

  • HulkieD

    There really seems to be some mixed feelings here. A lot of people do not like the idea of being referred to as a groupie, not because they really are, but because they do not have the faith in getting a better life for themselves.

    On the other hand ppl are thrilled that this groupie thing is dieing down because it is just one those political things that happens with black women who find it hard to provide for there own selves. I know that they will do their best to work harder squeezing every single penny off hard working athletes before they apply it to filling out a job application.

    Small note, (sorry for this rant of sorts), but I might also add that the internet bloggers are the biggest groupies of them all.

  • Damn, you guys are not playing with this post, huh?

  • Yayyyyyy! Chuckie you owe me lobster now!

  • Rashidah is as big as a groupie as there is in the NYC…