By KATE LEAVER
World-famous men are making money threatening to beat, stalk, maim, and silence women. And we let them get away with it.
Why? Because all of them made their vile threats in songs. And you can get away with anything as long as there’s a sick beat behind it. In our world, making people want to dance is more important than making women feel safe.
Think I’m being dramatic? Let me walk you through it.
1. Eminem just rapped about wanting to punch singer Lana Del Ray in the face.
In a freestyle rap video released online overnight, Eminem rapped about wanting to punch Lana Del Ray in the face – twice. He likened himself to the infamous American footballer Ray Rice – a man who was caught on tape beating his wife unconscious in an elevator and then forcing her to apologise to save his career.
(The lyrics appear around the 4 minute mark in this video).
2. Redfoo told women to “shut the fuck up” in the “most sexist song of the year”.
“You’re annoying b—- because you’re talking. Shut the f— up.”
“Girl I’m sipping on this drink, trying to see what you got, not hear what you think.”
”Shhh… I said jump on the pole; I didn’t need your opinion…”
3. Robin Thicke tried to win back his wife with footage of a drowning woman, a battered face, and a series of abusive text messages.
4. Adam Levine made this sexy short film about a violent stalker.
The film clip for Maroon 5’s song “Animals” is basically a fantasy about a violent, dangerous stalker with a day job as a butcher. A beautiful woman is photographed without her consent, followed, frightened, and then made the object of a violent man’s obsession.
Between them, these men are worth more than $200 million. They’re some of the highest paid musicians on the planet, and are ritually rewarded for spreading violent messages to their fans.
All of these songs will be played in clubs, bars, and parties everywhere. They will be hits. And every time some guy sings the lyrics, he makes it that little bit more acceptable to disrespect women. Domestic abuse, rape, and intimidation become just a little bit more normal.