Spice From "L&HH" Blasted For Calling Bambi A "Giraffe" After Erica Mena Scandal

The moral of the story here, folks, is that maybe using animals as insults isn't a particularly good idea.

BYGabriel Bras Nevares
2019 MTV Movie And TV Awards - Inside

Shortly after the Erica Mena firing from "Love & Hip Hop" for calling Spice a "monkey," it seems like the zoo isn't closed just yet. Moreover, Spice herself got some more backlash for calling Bambi a "giraffe" during a recent altercation on the show. As such, fans are now divided: should this be held to the same standards of racism as Mena's incident or is this just an overblown response? Of course, plenty of people are on either side of the coin, with others arguing that neither insult is appropriate. Regardless, it's a pretty drama-heavy show, but clearly that backfired in a lot of areas, particularly with the show's production.

After the Erica Mena outrage, many questioned how networks allow content like this to make it to airwaves in the first place. In fact, some took even more issue with them firing Mena because it was purely a response to fans' backlash for her comments. Regardless, they waited until after the spectacle to give their verdict, which many saw as exploitative. It's unclear if this instance with Spice and Bambi will yield similar results, thought assumptions point to "no."

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Fans Divided Over Spice & Bambi Argument

For one, calling a Black person a "monkey" has different racial and negative connotations than calling someone a "giraffe.' Neither is derogatory on impact, but many fans believe the attack towards Spice followed a history of questionable behavior and statements from Mena. However, there are some circles in which the term "giraffe" can also be derogatory, particularly to people of African descent. As such, context turns something simply brash and argumentative into something much more sinister. Maybe Spice didn't mean to do so with her insult, but the parallels and proximity between the cases make it hard to overlook.

Meanwhile, she responded to the Erica Mena situation by dismissing claims that she insulted her son. As she puts it, it was more of a question of parenting than anything else. Still, it's possible she has more to answer for and explain now, but people can sweep hist under the rug more easily than the example against her. With that in mind, stay logged into HNHH for the latest news and updates on Spice, Bambi, and the Erica Mena situation.

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Gabriel Bras Nevares is a music and pop culture news writer for HotNewHipHop. He started in 2022 as a weekend writer and, since joining the team full-time, has developed a strong knowledge in hip-hop news and releases. Whether it’s regular coverage or occasional interviews and album reviews, he continues to search for the most relevant news for his audience and find the best new releases in the genre. What excites him the most is finding pop culture stories of interest, as well as a deeper passion for the art form of hip-hop and its contemporary output. Specifically, Gabriel enjoys the fringes of rap music: the experimental, boundary-pushing, and raw alternatives to the mainstream sound. As a proud native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, he also stays up-to-date with the archipelago’s local scene and its biggest musical exponents in reggaetón, salsa, indie, and beyond. Before working at HotNewHipHop, Gabriel produced multiple short documentaries, artist interviews, venue spotlights, and audio podcasts on a variety of genres and musical figures. Hardcore punk and Go-go music defined much of his coverage during his time at the George Washington University in D.C. His favorite hip-hop artists working today are Tyler, The Creator, Boldy James, JPEGMAFIA, and Earl Sweatshirt.