Because Prince Would Want Us To Be Petty Right Now
Prince wasn’t just one of the greatest musicians of our lifetime. He was also a Shade Savant. The Side-Eye Slayer. He was clearly full of jokes and he also didn’t have time for bullshit. This is why so many Prince memes and GIFs exist. He didn’t throw shade. NAH. He orchestrated eclipses with one cutting look, or a sunglasses shift.
He was just so much more than the musical genius. He was King Petty Pendergrass. This was the man who kicked Kim Kardashian off a stage once for not dancing. YES. HE IS LEGEND.
This fallen soldier was no ordinary one. His death is shocking, to say the least, because we just didn’t think Prince was even of this world so we didn’t think he could leave this world and we surely ain’t think it’d be this soon.
I wrote my piece yesterday Prince is Gone and I Don’t Understand, in the spirit of that shock. It’s the day after and I’m still like DAFUQ????
We can’t just get on with our days like nothing happened. The Purple One died, y’all. HE GONE. How am I supposed to carry on like usual? Give us a couple of bereavement days where we will act out.
And know that your email is not important to me. People talmbout “Did you get my email?” DO YOU KNOW PRINCE JUST DIED??? FUQUE YO EMAIL. Do people not understand???
Chile, I went on my Awesomely Luvvie FB page and told folks and they dropped their stories of checking folks who wanted them to function properly.
Danielle: was your email about Prince? Were there any songs or videos or photo montages of Prince in it? then nope I didn’t get it!
Ausia: My daughter sure wanted me to take her to get her hair done… I’m like girl Prince just died he can never get his hair done again!!!***! Go sat down!!! She better wear that Fro that’s why we went natural in the first place.
Abayea: Prince wore a fro, she can too
Ausia: yessssssss and we have plenty of coconut oil… She’ll be ok… I’m going slather a little extra in his honor. His hair was never dry…
Dyanne: I just walked into the grocery store and stared blankly at the aisle signs. A checker asked “Ma’am, can I help you?” I said “Can you bring back Prince? If not, I’ll thank you kindly to leave me be, please.”
Wilma: YASS! I am about to lose a friend texting me about some booolshit. If I haven’t responded in an hour, that means I don’t have time for your pettiness today. PRINCE DIED, BITCH.
Tira: Let’s say it in several languages so ERRYBODY CAN UNDERSTAND. Spanish – puta yo email, gabron! Chinese – 很抱歉地通知您…email no send today. Negronese – I’M BOUT FOUR FIVE SECONDS FROM WILIN! #OkBye
Jenni: 95% of my FB feed has been Prince stuff, and I’m so deep in mourning, I find myself getting MAD when I see the other 5%. Like, HOW CAN YOU BE SHARING PICTURES OF YOUR GOD DAMNED BABY WHEN PRINCE IS DEAD. PHUCK YOUR BABY.
Roxanna: Everything came to a complete stop when that news broke. Someone approached me to ask a question, I said, “Stop. Prince is dead. You cannot expect me to talk right now.
Chinyere: Lawd… Take Jermaine 5 times for that greasy ass corduroy toupee and for naming his son Jer’Majesty… Just give us back The Emperor of Shade… His Proud Purple Wearing Pimpness Prince back.
Nina: My daughter wanted me to pickup my granddaughter from school. I said girl, Prince died, I’ve lost all functions.
Charna: First The Obamas have to leave the White House soon, people keep voting for Donald Trump, then Phife Dawg, the wrestler Chyna now PRINCE…
Natasha: Unless the email is cancelling classes/work for tomorrow in honor of our Purple Prince, them emails can go have several damn seats
Shawna: My husband just came up to me with some ol rumor of how he died shit. I put my hand over his mouth, gave him my mommy stare, and used my mommy voice- YOU WILL NOT SPEAK SUCH IGNORANT FOOLISHNESS IN THIS HOUSE. YO ASS CAN LEAVE! This shit is not a fucking game!
Aishia: My husband called me at work and asked what we should get our mom’s for Mother’s Day. My response: “Do you know Prince just died?”
Mi’Kael: Fuq yo phone calls, Fuq yo customer service issues, etc. Prince died, and this ain’t a National holiday yet?!?!
Robin: Dinner? Who the hell can think about cooking you dinner?!? Do you understand Prince DIED??
Chinyere: I’m just hurt… If Lil Wayne ol Gremlin ass can stand exposure to sunlight, why did the Lawd take Prince with the flu?! It aint right…#JustifyThisJehovah
Elma: I just can’t. Not one bit of work got done today. Phuck yo emails! Prince died! That’s it. The only words I want to hear is “Sorry for your loss.”
Dorothy: You are my people. I have been sad all damn day. I had to go the grocery store and was mad at everyone acting like life is normal. I just wanted to scream “Bitch WHY are you smiling!!! PRINCE IS DEEEEAAAD!!!” I had to bring my angry sad ass home. LOL!
Pam: Oh, oh, oh…I just opened up a new tab and Google automatically popped up as my browser homepage. It’s purple. That’s it, I give up, I don’t even want to go back to bed I want to go and crawl UNDER the bed.
Loreisha: Laughed a coworker clean out of the office today, talmbout “What are y’all wearing for Earth Day tomorrow?” Yo mama an Earth Day. I’m wearing purple tomorrow for Prince.
Keysha: I was at work when a customer told me and I swear I wanted to run right up outta there ,but I remembered I’m not in Prince’s will.
Sherita: At work, I was so distraught and dark and twisty inside I had a slice of cake and some queso. Bitch, my heart needed carbs.
Carla: Yoooo I got two business calls just as I was in the midst of a wall slide. I was like “do you not know we’re in the midst of an international crisis?”
Clarissa: My coworker came in my room to tell me Prince died. After hollering and falling back into my chair, I cut on my radio and danced and sang to “When Doves Cry.” I gave my students laptops, told them to be seen and not heard, cut out all the lights, and watched the coverage on CNN. My students (2 classes) let me grieve and for that, extra credit shall be given!
Heather: I have a friend who lives in MN. I’m tempted to make him a rum cake and bring it to him. I live in FL.
Rhea: Who cares about Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan??? PRINCE IS DEAD.
Charmony: Give Andrew his $20 back and Let us keep Prince.
Ebony: I want to email our superintendent and ask her to suspend standardized testing until next week so we can process and mourn.
Nzingah: I told my manager I was going home early. He completely understood.
Kimberly: I saw couples boo loving. What are y’all doing holding hands?! Prince just died!!
Rebekah: This day is a lie. Try again tomorrow.
Liz: my friend went to lunch, heard the news, went back to work and hollered PRINCE IS DEAD SO DONT EXPECT SHIT and that’s gonna be my motto for awhile
Michelle: I called my supervisor and told her I couldn’t come back to work because Prince died. She said, Prince? I said, Prince! Prince, Prince! He’s gone! He dun died left us and I ain’t gon’ make it back today. She didn’t know he died and was shocked too. She told me I didn’t have to come back. I went back anyway and didn’t do a thing. I need to save my bereavement day for the funeral. I’ll be in front of the tv just like I did for Michael and Whitney.
Rochelle: My daughter was telling me about her day and in my head I was like “DON’T YOU KNOW PRINCE DIED?! SHADDUP AND LET ME MOURN.” #StellarParenting
And THIS gem, from another Facebook page had me HOLLERING like a fool:
I’m so glad we have each other in this time of need. Because there are some people who are trying to throw hateration in our grief-stricken dancerie. Some assholes are taking to social media, ridiculing folks for mourning someone they’ve never met. They’re the ones I talked about in stage 4 of the Stages of Social Media Grief of Celebrity Deaths.
If I wanted to be petty, I’d say “Don’t be mad we’re mourning Prince. Be mad that your death won’t stop the world from spinning like his did.” BUT I’M NOT GON BE THAT PETTY. ????
Anywho, shoutout to LuvvNation. My community is my favorite part of the internet. Being able to be thoughtful AND hilarious about grim things is a gift.
” He didn’t throw shade. NAH. He orchestrated eclipses with one cutting look…” He. orchestrated. eclipses. Every word of this here. Aight, I’ll go back and finish your article now.
This comment just brought me back to life. Thank you.
After the inquiries for dinner, I looked at my husband and kids with, “Who can eat? Prince is dead, get some progresso soup out the can. You will live another day either way.” Now leave me.
When I picked up my son at school today, a father was picking up his children and horse playing with them-laughing. Stop this! Don’t you know that Prince died today?! How dare you betray him this way!
I love every part of this and can relate completely! Thanks Cor understanding why I’m wearing all black and purple for the next month because my First Love died!! I’m a therapist and my clients were giving me therapy yesterday when I found out 5 mins before session! We cried together and sang When Doves Cry! I feel good about this decision.
I had to stop teaching! I literally turned out the lights turned on CNN and gave my students the Mrs. J, “I dare you to speak” stare. Another teacher came in to check on me, bcz they know the love I have for this man.
If you haven’t seen it yet, please take a few minutes to see what the cast of The Color Purple sang last night for the Purple One:
Oh boy. This just broke me. ????
Thank you for sharing this!
This is the best thing I have ever read in my life.
After the inquiries for dinner, I looked at my husband and kids with, “Who can eat? Prince is dead, get some progresso soup out the can. You will live another day either way.” Now leave me. I can’t. just shut up.ugh.
I was in the middle of getting my nails done and had already picked a color. I swiTched to purple
Getting mine done tomorrow….most definitely hitting that purple!!!
I wanted to yell in WalMart at the top of my lungs: “THIS IS ALL AN LIE!!! DOVES ARE CRYING N’ SHIT!”
Instead I paid for my groceries & went n’ cried in da car.
Just shut up!!! I read this entire page, but this post here…. Thanks for the laughs!!
IM CRYING AT THAT LAST POST.
I don’t understand why my HR department won’t let me take bereavement time. They all up in there crying as much as I am.
I tried to get my boss to close the office (students registering for their classes is NOT more important than Prince’s death), but she didn’t feel my pain..took all I had not to break down like, “WHY THEY HAVE TA TAKE HIIIIMMMMMM!!!!”
This post is a work of art, Luvvie. And I needed it so so bad. I’m glad others were all “Don’t you know PRINCE has died?” because I wanted to scream it out at the food store yesterday.
I’m crying from laughing so hard instead of crying because my wee Spirit Animal has been assumed into the sky. Thank you for this and thanks to your hilarious community for comfort in my time of sorrow.
These damn messages had me holding my pee til I got finished reading but that last one I ALMOST HAD AN ACCIDENT!
Thank. You. Luvvie. I *so* needed this. Reading those responses has me so busy laughing I actually don’t have time to cry…even though I know that’ll come later. Again, thank you, and the Nation.
LuvvieNation, like Jesus, is REAL! <3 <3 <3
We need that on a t-shirt!
“LuvvNation, like Jesus, is REAL!” YASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!
“If Lil Wayne ol Gremlin ass can stand exposure to sunlight, why did the Lawd take Prince with the flu?! It aint right…” ~~ Chinyere
*wails, slides slowly down nearest wall and currently ain’t worth shat*
THAT is my favorite line of all the responses. I almost hollered!
I know y’all saw how Facebook was trying to let errbody know “it was high five day” yesterday too!! No sir. It surely was not.
Thankfully, I did not see that Facebook fiasco. And normally I am all about the high five. I give them regularly. My life and my FB feed must have been too purple, because I missed it. Prince above high fives, all day, every day.
I saw that ish, gave Facebook the good old fashioned High One and moved on with my mourning. As one does.
Went to Starbucks this morning to get my Green Tea Frap and not one of the patrons were in purple. I waited patiently for my drink all the while fighting back the need not the urge..The Need to yell “Prince died, we are in mourning. Where is you Gdamn Purple!?”. My drink came and I could not hold it in any longer so I did yell “I can’t believe none of y’all are in purple. Prince Died!” . Turned and walked out in all my purple wearing glory. Disrespectful azzes.
My coworker is being disrespectful AF by not having a day long moment of silence in honor of Prince (she talk to damn much, so the moment of silence is kinda for me, too). *throws coworker the most epic side eye, in honor of Prince*
That last one was classic! My Uncle Rogers Nelson has passed on… Waking up this morning I realized that all the artists that my mother use to listen to on those Saturday, Sunday mornings and those summer Holidays are now dead except for Patti. Luther, Bob Marley, Minnie, Prince, Michael, Marvin where the background to cleaning up, cooking and reading. When she was in her mood to listen to her music that’s all “we” did.
that was that get your ass up we cleaning house CHORES music !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! windows open ereeeeone hear the music and smell da bleach !!!!!!
OMG that one did me in! I was cry-laughing! Thankfully my family understands my pain. I asked my daughter if she was sick of me playing Prince’s music every time we’re in the car, and her wise 15 year-old self said “No, it’s fine. It’s great music and I’d rather listen to it.” Then she proceeded to request “Darling Nikki”, and my heart soared. I’ve done my job right!
Jenni’s post had me howling in the middle of a silent office!! “Phuck your baby!”, though???? Lmao
PS I love you all in here for comforting me through this very difficult time. If it wasn’t for Luvvnation and my family, I’d be balled up in the corner, rocking back and forth, mumbling random lyrics to all of his songs…
THAT WAS MY FAVORITE!!!
I really needed this. ..no you don’t understand, I REALLY NEEDED THIS. Waking up to world without Prince in it is beyond fucking surreal. Just when I thought I was all our of CAN , I read your post & I feel much better.
I saw a post that made me feel a little better, something like the earth is billions of years old and you were lucky enough to exist at the same time as Prince. A lovely thought.
Still. I got home from work and my teenager stopped what she was doing and was like, I heard what happened mom, are you okay? THAT is a good kid.
I was going to power through it all and finish up the day yesterday, but then someone on the interoffice chat put up some teary-eyed emoji and I knew I had to leave OR get stuck grieving with these people that I can barely stand on a day when the world isn’t ending. I emailed my VP (she’s on vacation) and took my butt home. This is not a game.
I want to thank Loriesha quoted above for “Yo mama an Earth day.” I started giggling and I needed that today. Prince…. man, I’m in shock. Sometimes there are people whose passing seems so monumental that it feels wrong that the actual planet doesn’t acknowledge it. Like the earth should have actually stopped, or had a quake or something for a brief moment. Prince was one of those people.
Exactly! Though we did get one from outer space. NASA grieving with us as they tweeted a pic of the Purple Nebula in honor of his passing.
This is awesome!!
Now that is acknowledgment! Even NASA knows how real this is and how REAL he was!
The earth did stop but we shoulda been hearing ‘Housequake,’ not ‘When Doves Cry.’
I completely love NASA for the Purple Nebula salute. Scientists are C-O-O-L.
I’ve had a Twitter account for years but never been interested in it. Took Prince dying to stir it up for me.
This is one of my favorites, from @GhostPanther (Adam KcKay):
“For real though, shouldn’t everyone go home from work and school? It’s Prince. It’s like hearing the Grand Canyon died.”
Me and a friend were watching CNN’s coverage of Prince last night. A commercial comes on with Chuck Wollery shilling some old people’s products. I was all, “Why the heeealll is Chuck Wollery’s old azz still walking this earth and Prince is GONE?!? Friend went off too. Phuq Chuck Wollery, I’m still mad at that.
This, right here, has me rolling!
Did y’all see the lady that started a gofundme to get to the funeral?? And had $817 as of last night??
Yes! I could not believe it! I was at an appointment with my phone off. When I turned it on I had many messages and texts. I pulled into McDonald’s to get a cup of coffee and the radio blurted out an icon has passed (no name mentioned) and then a commercial came on. As I pulled out in traffic, DL took another caller and asked what is your greatest Prince memory?!?! WTH is he talking about I mumbled to myself. The caller said listening to Adore with………………………
Ya’ll!!! I was switching lanes and almost wrecked. My son was like mom you are swerving. I floated home on the wings of doves. I grabbed a bottle of wine, checked the news, FB, twitter and listened to Prince’s music until the wee hours of the night. My children knew not to bother me. I checked my texts, voice mails and started to cry listening to my family and friends checking on me. They knew my heart was aching from the loss of my Prince. I arrived at work with bags under my eyes and my purple outfit on! Yes!!!! Yall better recognize! Don’t look at me like that! Where is your purple gear? No more concerts! No more Prince! I’m still in shock! How! How could you just leave me standing???????????????????????
I didn’t realize until this morning that 2 of my student workers didn’t come to work yesterday afternoon. #Iwasinmourning
I sholl did click “hide post” on a facebook friend’s picture of her naked week old baby yesterday….I’m glad I wasn’t the only one. I mean we aren’t like real friends, so I didn’t feel bad. Like fire real, if it wasn’t about Prince I wasn’t trying to see it.
I thought I was the only one that thought EVERYTHING should have stopped yesterday. I couldn’t even cook dinner for my family. My mother-in-law made tacos for everybody because I was hiding in my bathroom. My husband came knocking on the door talkin’ ’bout “tacos ready.” Damn them tacos!!! PRINCE IS DEAD, FOOL! DEAD!!!
I had water for dinner 2 hours after everyone went to bed.
Can somebody make it on water and chocolates alone? That’s about all I’ve had since 1:30p 4/21.
Only Luvvie can make me laugh during this time of mourning. The sun was out all pretty this morning and I was all sad like, What you so happy about Mother Nature. Now its pouring rain and thundering…the weather now matches my mood. If its not about Prince or the young girl who was killed in a school fight yesterday…I’m scrolling past and don’t give a DAMN! In my feelings and thats where i’m staying (at least through the weekend). #SadnessAbounds #SaluteToTheCommanderInShade
This just made my day. THANK YOU ! First time I saw Prince live in NOLA I coined him UNICORN. The only magical creature on earth for real. He was not of this world and the man made EXCELLENCE his way of being. The world is going to shitzz the only unicorn on earth is dead.
After I dropped my daughter off at dance class… had to… Had to pay 3 months of tuition as well, that $570 didn’t even phase me. Just swipe it lady. IDGAF. I went to get gas.. welp because I was on E…that didn’t require human interaction. Then I went to Walmart as I knew I needed alcohol…but I just sat in the car, listening to Prince, scrolling facebook, I just couldn’t get out of the car and be around people, so I just drove back to the dance studio and sat in the car til she was done.
I needed us all to bleed into the streets doused in purple and holding hands and releasin doves and shit. Alas, I was disheartened that it didn’t go down…We def had a pizza night and I fell out sleep right after… Tween the full moon and the heartache, I couldn’t deal. My crossfit class this am was bumpin tribute though, as was my Aussie (kiwi?) Uber driver. We had a deep talk about it omw to work, so much symbolism, so many questions and theories. Tis too soon for speculation, tho. Too soon, indeed.
Also, while I know it’s too soon for this even, I need Luvv Nation input for work. Who do you want to see in the tribute?? This is important and I don’t want my job to phuck it up. Take your time, but also, hurry up. This is time sensitive.
hahahahahahaha take yo time but herrup!!! LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL
Thank you so much for this! I felt like I was the only one. Thank goodness my daughter was sick and I had to leave work early. I was able to be useless and indulge in everything Prince for the whole day. Why isn’t everyone else doing this?!?!?!?!?!
Thank you for this. Went fetal when I found out, then went to a vigil, now fetal again. This is gonna take some time.
When I luv u luvvie and the whole luvvie nation. Y’all spoke my feeling. Thank u.
Alladis!! Especially, “my heart needed carbs”. I cried and ate a stack of pancakes for dinner while listening to For You on repeat…man, Prince was supposed to be immortal!!!
I cried during the last post.
I laughed and cried in this one.
I stepped into work in all purple – head to toe. Wish someone would say something to me.
I have come unglued. I desperately needed that laugh. Damn near lost my job yesterday when the resident bald-headed-extra-for-no-reason heffa started cracking jokes. I tried to be professional and explain to her ashy ass that she was being inappropriate, especially in front of students. But in my head & on my face I was thinking, “Bitch I will drag your dusty ass from the gym to the playground to the tune of Thieves in the Temple if you don’t watch your crooked mouth!” Y’all better get her! It’s near the end of the month and I don’t have that much grown woman left in me. She better steer clear until I re-up on May 1st though for real.
I’m laughing through my tears because that’s some real crackback, Royal Azz Purple-I’m-in-my-damb-feelings-and-bih-you-trying-me ish, LOL!! If she wasn’t already bald, she should’ve felt “skint and burnt” by the time you finished with her.
This is the best!
Lawd, Help! Fix it Jesus! This is so funny!! Im still in mourning though. 🙂
A couple of random Prince memories, just because I think this a good place to share them:
When my daughter was 5 or 6, we were listening to Kiss on the radio, and she was not a fan of the falsetto voice. “He’s not a very good singer,” she said. “Shut up!” I hollered at her, and she was shocked, because that was not the kind of thing I said to her. I conceded that shut up was not a nice thing to say, but she had better not say anything like that about Prince again.
Also, my boyfriend is a big Replacements fan, and they are from Minneapolis, too. He’s reading their new biography and a week or so ago, knowing how I feel about Prince he told me the story about how Prince would occasionally show up at Replacements shows. While they loved Prince, of course, they hated to see him at their gigs, because he’d only stay for a few songs, and when he left, he’d take all the girls with him, lol. I told him of course!
Homework assignment for my students yesterday: ask your parents to tell you a story about how Prince impacted their lives. Be prepared to share.
“Charmony: Give Andrew his $20 back and Let us keep Prince.”
Literally in tears right now… Thank you, Charmony. And thank you Luvvie, for this post.
Someone on my FB got immejiately unfriended for posting this:
” I feel like I’m the only one who dosnt care that prince died… Like ok… People die every day… I bet half the people posting about him haven’t listened to him in years… Lol. Ugh I hate when the Internet gets bombarded with the same thing. Now when EMINEM dies… We will have a problem… Lol”
That was the most absurd, ass backwards ish I done heard and I was furious! Lawd Jesus, you can take Eminem any time you want, if you bring us our Royal Badness back. #RIP Purple Yoda
Every nibble and morsel of this I gobbled up. Love! Damn. ☔️????☔️
it doesn’t matter who it is celebrity wise that died…if that person meant something to you then it’s important. I really wish people could respect that. I wasn’t a prince fan, but I know he was talented and that other people loved him. I respect that and am so sorry they lost him. I mourned when Maureen O’Hara died, like it was my own grandmother. We can’t help how we feel. Prince was however, a brother to me, in as he worshiped Jehovah God. I think he’d be offended at the memes saying he is in Heaven since he didn’t have that belief. He believed he’d be resurrected on paradise earth someday. It doesn’t matter whether someone else believes as he did, but he believed it himself.
Thanks for this post. I’m so glad to see that other people feel the same way I do. I told the school secretary that the flag should be at half-mast!
Yes. My name is Taylor and I approve of these messages… As I live and breathe… my email has an instant away message that reads, “If this is a life threatening emergency, please call 911. Prince is gone. What do ya’ll want from me. Away.”
I thought he would live forever. Like I just never thought Prince would die. How Sway???? I woke up this morning and he is still dead….and I’m still crying. I didn’t go to his last show in Toronto b/c he always comes to Toronto and I wish I did. Wearing my waterproof mascara tonight cause I know the dj will be playing a wicked Prince set and i can’t wait to dance it out.
I had an experience like Shawna’s yesterday. I am sorry I was not alone. My man almost caught these hands, before I caught myself and just took A Strong Tone to shut him down. I mean I was straight sobbing only minutes before and I DON’T CRY LIKE THAT. Have some damn sense about what you say to someone who has just lost a loved one!
I am a teacher and my coworker,right at the end of the break looked at her phone, gasped and said “Prince died!”. I was waiting for her to finish saying Prince Andrew or Prince Philip not the one and only Prince. Thankfully we had clubs at my school the rest of the day because I was not able to function properly. I am a co-leader of the cards and games Club. I spent the time on my iPad lokey searching up news while those kids were playing, cuz my mind and heart was not in the building at that time. Then that night I had to turn around and go grocery shopping with my husband before he left for an out-of-town trip. I wanted to yell at those people too for being out in the store kee-keeing instead of being at home listening to some Dance Music Sex Romance. Hell, I almost thought about trying to go to the grocery store by myself this weekend instead of trying to go last night… I was not in the mood. Glad to see I was not alone!
I just want y’all to know I love each and every one of y’all. My heart is for real sad because I will never see him perform live and white girl faint in his presence. But Luv Nation, y’all make it hurt a little less because you all understand and get me. I know I’m not alone. Thanks fam.
I’m in deep, deep greef. I would’ve married that lil, sexy leprechaun and shared my clothes and shoes with all 5’4″ of him. All he had to do was keep my hair on point just like his! When my son told me he’d died, I could only stare at him, numb as my heart ran out into traffic and then I threw the plate down and screamed, “Dayum, Dayum, Dayum!”
Thanx Luvvie and the Luv Nation for these comments and stories about my first baby daddy Prince Rogers Nelson.
I’m from Minneapolis, so yeah, most of us did not even function yesterday. I stayed in my pajamas all day, then did something productive for 30 minutes, and put on clothes just so I could join the rest of the city downtown at an outdoor block party, but this was funny. You can almost say the State of Minnesota just said we’re cancelling everything.
I was there, too. It still doesn’t feel real. I unfriended 2 people today because of their dumb, uncaring-ass posts. My daughter (who is 6) told me that she does “NOT think he’s good looking” and I almost grounded her. Jokes on her; I got a sitter and went back down to First Ave. Judge my parenting, idgaf.
She’s only 6, but remind her that HE’S THE ORIGINAL SEXPOT PUSSYCAT MAN!!!! jesus friggin christmas, I’m as Irish as Paddy’s Pig and even I know that. She must learn.
I so needed this!!!! You all understand! My two year old is having a blast though because his mother has no can left in her.
Mamita… Your Spanish was all kinds of wrong, but imma let that mess slide. I’m gonna chalk it up grief over Little Purple Badness dying. Damn… Prince died.
The level of dysfunction in my life over the course of the past 24+ hours has been monumental. I had to repent to God for willing other basic and lesser humans demise in exchange for His Royal Badness back (Redfoo, Soulja Boy, Young Thug come to mind). My child even texted me to come pick him up from school after learning that Prince died, “I can’t learn no more!” Sad days! ????
I needed to read these posts. Luckily no one has tried to come for my depth of mourning. Wish they would. Once I realized the news was true, no work was done. Just counted down the hours until 4pm. Picked up the kids. They asked me if I knew. I said yes and started crying again. Got in the house and announced NO TV. WE’RE LISTENING TO PRINCE. By the time I got to Purple Rain, I was heaving crying from my soul. My oldest son leaned down and gave me a hug. These kids have no one they would mourn over if they passed. Sucks for them!
Nuh uh! Wait until Usher or Beyonce goes. They’re gonna know what pain is….not OUR pain, but wait. It’ll happen!
THANK. YOU. I found out the news while teaching my first class of the day. Shock got me through the second. But the third was started with “Prince died and I can’t even. Go home and mourn.” (Now granted, I had several students who said mess like “I can’t even name a Prince song” to which I replied: “You are now failing this course.”)
It’s funny to me how some Peoples children don’t know who Prince is. My son called me about a quarter to one and “mom you’re not gonna believe this” and I’m like what’s wrong what’s wrong are you ok? He says mom Prince died! I stood in silence mouth wide open… Pause… Pause I said no he just had the flu canceled a few shows. Son, no mom Prince is gone! This is unreal. Me and my buddies were just talking about how cool it would be if Prince came to Berklee!!!
The funny part is my coworkers saw the look on my face and was sure a close relative had died!
Prince we love you!!!
I just deleted someone on Facebook because they posted “Who’s this prince fella??? #country #raisedonhank”. I wanted to cut her through my phone. She didn’t even capitalize the ‘P’ in Prince. Not today satan, not today.
My grandmother would have said ‘She’s too dumb to live!’
I heard the news and just KNEW it was Prince from England…..he IS old….
But no…sigh. I called a coworker, we mourned together and checked our time off availability for the funeral.
My kids called from school to check on me…hugged me like I lost an uncle when they got home.
After a proper mourning time, I will thank them.
I will be wearing purple for days……
I was in the library when I heard and immediately played “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” (from his induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame) OUT LOUD. Daring someone to shush me. Yall STUDY THIS for a minute. The Prince is dead.
(I didn’t play the whole song tho. I ain’t that gangsta.)
This is why I love my Black people!! This post and the comments are pure gold. I was so mad because ignorant asses was on my Fb feed posting kid videos, hairstyle pics & Christian messages. I told my husband I don’t give a fuq about none of dat CAUSE PRINCE DEAD.I honestly couldn’t understand people acting normal. I have loved Prince for 37 years. My grief is real.
I got two text messages that day from Walgreen’s about my prescriptions being ready & all it made me think about were the photos of him pacing outside the store by his house. I shouted, “IF YOU HAD ANYTHING TO DO WITH PRINCE’S DEATH I AM TAKING MY ISH STRAIGHT TO CVS!!!”
Yes!!! Totally agree. My TL was all about Prince & I was late to church just so I can see the NBC Nighy new story!!! But I got mad Friday morning when people on my FB page posting old stories about Yolanda King. I was Like Bruh She died in May 2007 can we only morn the Stars Prince & Chyna that died on April 21st 2016!!’ You drama queens!!
Thank you for all of these!
Though I don’t know any of you, your comments have official made you my family, my people! Every comment made was like you were in my head and in my feelings. I was at work when I was told Prince had died and I just wanted to leave. I have a ton of vacation time and I was ready to put in that time so I could schedule my flight to MN! I came home and my daughter said I heard the news, it isn’t right. You see, I took my daughter to see Prince last year in May at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore. That was her only time seeing Prince. But I’m a good mother and I did what ANY good mother does, teach their child (ok, she’s actually 20) about real music and this man Prince, was a musical genius. I’m in my feelings right now so I’ll end here. Thank you to my new family for expressing in words what I could only feel. You are helping me grieve and get through this process.
Welcome Josephine. You did the right thing. My mother attended a Prince concert with me to. I was grateful she understood.
I am a 66 year old white woman. My heart is broken, my soul in shreds. My daughters are mourning a truly, truly great talent. He was too great for this sad old world.
I’m a 62-1/2 year old white woman. I am crushed. My Bowie died in January, my mother died in February, my Prince died, and I had to pay a fucking huge amount in income taxes. My mother dying is, of course, far worse than any of the rest, but all together it sucks, bites and blows all at once. I hate 2016.
Prince was the greatest in my time so thanks for the music little guy
I was in denial for about two hours, my musician from my church told me, and I said “nawl, TMZ just said somebody died at his HOUSE, not that it was him. I’on even trust that ish!”
Believed it until maybe an hr later…and Associated Press came out with it.
Done for the day…my choir director almost cancelled rehearsal after that.
I was in denial for two days. Didn’t hit me until last night with the SNL tribute. Now I can’t get out of bed. I’ve been crying all last night and all this morning.
Someone at work: I heard you have an epic Prince story
Me: Yes I do
Work person: Are you going to tell it?
Me: No. No thank you.
I am in mourning. My eyes are red. Tears are flowing. I don’t feel like saying shit.
I had to go to the mall today (and I LOATHE going to the mall, particularly on a Saturday) so I was feeling some type of way on top of still reeling from Prince being gone. As I went into one store after the other, I grew increasingly irritated because they were all playing the usual piped-in music. NOT ONE store had the decency to play Prince. I said something to a sales clerk in one store and she was like, yeah, I know, but we can’t control the music. I’m like what the heck does that have to do with the price of tea in China? You people can’t get a radio and turn it on? You don’t have a portable CD player? Disrespectful arses….
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Besides Van Jones testimony this is hands down the best thing I have seen on his untimely passing and exactly what I needed to let the tears flow, THANK YOU.
I was on an interview on Thursday and the secretary told me that Prince had died. I stopped in my tracks for 10 minutes and couldn’t move, breathe or speak. Her boss saw me and asked what was wrong. I told her and she joined me in my moment of silence!
I knew you all would get it.
My coworker and I were on a work trip driving somewhere through West Bubbafuq Alabama when I heard the news. If I was not distraught enough this ignant person on the radio compared Prince Rogers Nelson to Elvis! Elvis?! I lost all my shit in that car. How can you compare the incredible genius of PRINCE to a culture vulture that wouldn’t understand originality if it was created for him! The dam disrespect! Then my coworker refused to call the radio station for me to set them straight.
That evening when we stopped to eat the restaurant had a live band playing songs that I didn’t recognize. I asked the waiter if they could play some Prince or cut the music. He walked over to then immediately and they began playing really bad renditions of the most popular songs from his catalog (for the remainder of my meal) but at least it was respectful. My waiter (shout out Devin) got a GREAT tip. Devin understands life.
Everyone’s in shock. It was very surprising, awful news.
Jesus be a fence! I had an employee tell me that Prince died. I said Prince who? I knew they wasn’t talking about the love of my life. Then a customer came in and said the same thing. I gave her the black woman,”drop dead” look and told her in my most snobbish voice that TMZ was not a credible source. *sigh* Then I went to CNN and the bottom dropped out of my world. Luckily my kids loved him too so we played music and mourned together. Any dude that called trying to whisper sweet nothings was sent to voice mail. Fug yo date night nucca! Prince has DIED! Have some mf’ing respect. Lawd! I need a moment!
I needed this! I was in my office holding office hours when one of my students ran in to check on me. “Oh my God are you alright?!” Yeah, why? You didn’t hear? Prince died. The next few minutes was a blur of me trying to confirm that it was a hoax on the internet and then realizing that I didn’t have my phone to see if 50-leven people called me to tell me that my world had ended. Just walked out of my office saying “No” over and over. My students knew how much I LOVE him, so they all came by to give hugs and offer condolences. It took everything in my power to get to my car (I left early) without bursting into tears. Got into the car, first song on the radio? “Soft and Wet”
I lost it. . .
This article was like a hug from a friend, one who will cry with me in the loss of a brother. I actually had friends call or text me to make sure that I was OK. They know the magnitude of this man in my life. I have yet to stop crying, and for that I am unapologetic. In the book of my life Prince is in so many chapters I must mourn his crossing over and refuse to be told how I should do it. I have so many memories that we shared, just me and him, how could I not….
So thank you for letting me know I’m not alone. Two great things have happened. First, my 8 year old son has been listening to nothing but Prince all weekend and is now a huge fan. Second, I know there was a vault somewhere with treasures we have yet to hear, and I can’t wait!!!
OK ok I feel much better now that I know I ain’t crazy. I ain’t been right or been able to think of nothing else since like ” What am I supposed to do now without Prince in this world? ” Lord help us all too much going on all at once, Obama bout to leave office, people voting for Donald Trump, we back to protesting and marchin like the 60’s, poisonin the water, floods and snow in places that ain’t never had it before and now NO Prince!! Wheww I’m going back to bed and someone please wake me from this nightmare or I’m going to find another planet to live on.
I love every bit of this. Like everyone else, I still cannot believe Prince is gone. But it is so great to read something so truly hilarious about something so truly sad.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I really needed this!
This was hilarious and just what I needed!!! Still hurt and sad that the PRINCE is gone. May he RIP! ????
I needed to take bereavement days off to deal with this lost!
Prince will definitely surpass Tupac on the number of hit songs that will be released after his death!
I’m gonna need the living greats like Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight and Patti LaBelle to get their doctor check ups done ASAP… My heart cannot handle any more heartbreaks!
I saw an interview Prince did when he was 19 and he still looked the same In his 50s! He was doing the same dance moves (split and spins) when I saw him in concert 5 years ago that he was doing in the movie Purple Rain…that’s when I came to the realization that he had to be a vampire! Now I’m a hot mess riddled with confusion because how can an immortal die?
Everyone’s post on here is helping me deal with my pain…Thank you all for sharing your vulnerability and thank you for allowing me to share mine.
There will be no other like Prince, and I will always be a die-hard fan of his Purple Royal Badness!
I have Prince Pettiness I need to get off my heart.
I feel the musicians who have honored him in concerts and on TV, but…..see. He had like forty albums, doe. Why alladem gotta sing “Purple Rain?” The one song that sound almost like a Journey song?
If he was such a big influence, or so damn amazing in their lives, why come they only know this one song? And why y’all gotta pull the damn lyrics up on your iPhone to sang it?
Petty Shay, I’m laughing and I hear ya! I suppose it would be disrespectful to sing “Partyup” or “Housequake” though I’m betting the musical skills aren’t as demanding to sing an anthemic ballad, like “Purple Rain.” (Don’t get me wrong, I love it very much, but I really appreciate the Journey song reference too – that’s hilarious).
My ‘friends’ are suggesting seeing Prince tribute bands in Atlanta but that’s the last thing I’d ever want to do. Hearing Prince cover other artists’ music, that’s cool. The other way around, no thanks.
Say that! Pull something from For You, or his second album, named after him, or Dirty Mind, Controversy. Come on now. Prince introduced himself to us long before Purple Rain:
“All of this and more Is for U… With love sincerity and deepest care… My life with U I share.” Copyright 1978 Ecnirp Music- BMI
I have been in disbelief since I heard the news, but thanks to LuvvNation, now I can deal. I love this group! These comments are hilarious, helped take the edge off, and also let you know that you are not alone. I loved Prince then, I love him now, I’ll love him forever! Thanks for sharing.
“Don’t be mad we’re mourning Prince. Be mad that your death won’t stop the world from spinning like his did.”
Thank you, because if there ever was a time to be petty this is it!
Thank you so much for this. I just got done watching tmz and all the insensitive crap they were throwing was making me sick. I had an asthma attack when i heard ..so seeing all this helps…I am a huge fan since his first record came out …yes the very first one…feels like part of me is missing..I met him once and all I could say was “hi” and when I said it… sounded like some strange dolphin sounds….and he just smirked and said “hi” xoxo
I sure needed this, THANK YOU. He was my first love and I’ve continued to love him for 31 years. I’m in absolute disbelief, the sorrow overwhelming. I can’t FUNCTION, don’t think I ever will. Why him? Why couldn’t it have been a Kardashian, Lord? I’ll trade you 6 Kardashians for Bowie and Prince.
THANK YOU. Friggin’ queen of England is 90 and the world has waaaaay too many Kardashians.
I was in the waiting room at the radiology dept. at my hospital and saw the news on the TV. Except the sound was turned off and all I saw was his face and 1958-2016. I was like, WTF?! so I grabbed my phone and saw on the interwebs that he was dead. I looked around at everyone and NO ONE WAS REACTING! I wanted to scream at them “Are you seeing what I’m seeing? Prince is DEAD!!!.” When the girl came out to give me my insurance card I was crying and said “Prince died” and she just looks at me and says, “yeah, I heard” and without a beat carries on talking to me about the forms I need to fill out.
No respect I tell you, no respect.
When I heard about his emergency to the hospital I held my breath. In my heart of hearts I was already mourning because something about this news felt eerily final, but I never would have thought that a week later I would fall apart because my favorite musical artist since I was 10 (45 now) would leave this earth. Regrettably, I never had the opportunity to go to any of his concerts and was planning a trip to Minneapolis this summer so that I could visit Paisley Park. My heart is completely shattered. Glad to know that I’m among others whose grief is just as strong if not stronger.
I was on break at work when I heard the news, and before I could get back to work, my best friend from college called to see if I was ok. I had coworkers checking on me. Then my nephew called, my cousin sent me a text, my nephew’s ex wife’s son sent me a message on fb. My niece called me Saturday night to offer her condolences, because she wanted me to have time to mourn. I wore purple to work on Friday, along with several other coworkers. I’ve tried to watch every special that has been on TV about Prince, but I’m still having trouble accepting it. I still doesn’t seem real. How does the world keep going without Prince?
All I can say is WOW. Looks like we ALL reacted and are reacting the same way!
Black,white.latino,asian…..and on and on….he broke every barrier in his way, crossed every line…and was EVERYTHING to us collectively ! We can be proud of the fact that he was someone we really LOVED, and he loved us back….over and over again. Prince was and always be OTHERWORLDLY!
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Baby, it’s been 3 weeks and I’m still messed up. Just today I shared both Arsenio hall complete Prince episodes, his NAACP performance, and some random concert gigs, joined two FB groups and cried while reading old magazines that I have. and I’m still randomly inserting lyrics into everyday conversations. I wasn’t even this broken behind the caged bird flying free. (Rest easy, Mama Maya.) I don’t know when my hurt will heal but this article has helped the process.
I’m with you, DatChik. Still am not past it. Every Thursday I’m like…
This is my 1,2,3 4, fifth, time reading this post and as Prince’s daughter (let my mom tell it) I still can’t get over, ” yo momma a earth day!” I love you all!! ????????????
I am just getting to the point where I can read anything about this… I can’t speak on it, can’t listen to any music smh just numb. I’m so glad that I chose your blog to read first cuz folks have been whispering around me about complete and total bullshenanigans and falsehoods and I am unable to can with them! #Iainttrynahearshiznyeboutthepurplemajesticone #siddownshaddupkeepittoyaself
Thank you I got really down when I scrolled passed a picture of Prince, which made me look at other pictures which led me here, which in turn lifted my spirits. It’s nice to know that I was not and am not alone.
I just stumbled upon this site, because yeah, I’m still missing Prince. I laughed so hard at some of the comments, they described every emotion I felt that day. I don’t think the world will ever quite get over losing Prince. I’ve never lived in a world without him and it’s going to take some time to adjust. I was hurt when MJ and Whitney died, but for some reason, this one is different. Can’t explain it, but he was special.