I first heard about this the day after the Grammys, when the world was captivated by "Chrihannagate." But since people won't shut up about it, I figured I'd add my two cents. Plus, it fits nicely into our recent discussions about women's body issues.
Usher was on the receiving end of a scary and confusing phone call recently. His wife, Tameka Raymond, was having liposuction earlier this month in Brazil, which was completely unknown to the singer.
Usher found out when he received a phone call that Tameka was in an induced coma. At this point, he rushed to the hospital in Sao Paulo, where he learned that his wife had suffered cardiac and respiratory arrest while under anesthesia. She was brought back after a minute and sent to ICU.
Tameka was transferred to a second hospital, where she remained for 11 days.
So, if I'm reading this right, Usher's wife snuck off to surprise Usher with lipo surgery? In Brazil!? Doesn't she know that in Brazil, crazy doctors steal organs from dumb Americans and sell 'em off to the highest bidder?
I learned that from watching that movie Turistas.
Anyway, this story brought back sad memories of Kanye West's mother, who died back in '07 from complications from cosmetic surgery. It amazes me that celebrities will put themselves in harm's way to achieve a more desirable figure.
I guess it shows that women in showbiz are even more pressured to look like stick figures than noncelebrities. Tameka has been known to have a jealous streak (she was allegedly giving Usher's co-star Keri Hilson the side eye during the "Love In The Club" video shoot) and I guess she thought the only way she could keep up with the young'ns is to have all the goop drained from her hips. And it nearly cost her her life.
I think Usher, and men in general, need to do a better job of showing their women that they don't have to look like Twizzlers to be attractive. I mean, Usher married a woman that's old enough to be my grandma's grandma, has a criminal record and who already has like 74 children. He HAS to love her to put up with all that.
Perhaps women are doing harmful things to themselves because that's what they THINK their man wants. I can't speak for Usher, but I know that's not what I want.