Rapper Rick Ross recently “apologized” for a lyric in the song “U.O.E.N.O.” by MC Rocko that promoted date rape. As pressure mounted from music fans and sensible people to take back his part and boycott Ross’s corporate sponsor Reebok, Ross did what most assholes do when they are forced to atone: he put the blame on the people that made a big deal out of it.
— Mastermind (@rickyrozay) April 4, 2013
In case you’re not up on the rap game (and don’t worry, I’m not, either), here are the lyrics:
“Put molly all in her champagne, she ain’t even know it/I took her home and I enjoyed that, she ain’t even know it.”
A few things here:
- Ross says he does not “condone rape.”
Does that mean that the characters in his songs/guest verses do? Is it the fantasy of his that he can channel through a fictitious person that slips a molly (a date rape drug). If so, he needs some healthy hobbies.
- That hashtag #BOSS
Dude, trying to make yourself look good after you did some asinine shit like promote raping someone against their will is terrible. Of course, many bosses in America are greedy sociopaths that have no qualms about hurting people for their own pleasure and gain, so maybe Ross is just emulating what he knows. If so, he needs some healthy role models.
- “Apologies for the #lyric interpreted as rape.”
This is the meat of the argument, and it’s as stringy as Taco Bell’s steak. There’s no apology in there whatsoever. There is no expression of regret or sorrow, no excuse for the words, no remorse for the people that were hurt. He has not appeared to have returned the money he got from the guest verse, there has been no mention of donating to rape- or violence-based charities, and he hasn’t cut off his creepy beard. I guess this is in line with his album title “God Forgives, I Don’t.”
In fact, he transferred the blame to the offended parties by saying “interpreted,” as if people jumped to the conclusion that there was discussion of rape. It is hard to see or hear “Put molly all in her champagne, she ain’t even know it/I took her home and I enjoyed that, she ain’t even know it” without thinking he was talking about, oh, I don’t know, DRUGGING AND RAPING her.
But hey, maybe it IS the fault of the listener. Maybe he was using slang that really meant that he put Spanish Fly in her drink, brought the young lady home, had consensual sex and didn’t let her know that she was given a poisonous aphrodisiac. Oh Rick Ross, you romantic!
Wanna know why there is such a term as “rape culture”? Because people like Rick Ross think they can toss off so-called innocuous comments that condone raping a woman, and he’ll have fans support him through they myopic view of women and society. They’ll be reported on by a media system that is owned by conglomerates concerned with kowtowing to customers (assholes). They’ll have to deal with a political system made up of out-of-touch men and women that do not see issues like rape as important as their own self interests. And they’ll be filtered through a justice system that is just as antiquated in their thoughts about women.
But who cares, right? It’s just another rapper doing or saying something stupid, right? Just treating women like second-class citizens like their lyrics and videos suggest. If you support that, then you’re supporting rape–plain and simple.