Rapper Rick Ross is under fire for rapping about drugging and rapping a woman with his crew members in his new song.
Now, an online group called, “Ultra Violet” (a national group with $400,000 members fighting sexism in the media, government, politics, and pop culture) has started an online petition demanding Reebook to drop the rapper because they are promoting rape.
The petition reads, in his latest single, Reebok spokesman and rapper Rick Ross talks about drugging and raping a woman, saying,
“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.” (“Molly” is drug that distorts reality and reduces inhibitions.)
His lyrics aren’t vague, he’s not hinting that he raped a woman–he’s clearly and proudly saying that he drugged and raped a woman who was not capable of consent.
By holding Rick Ross up as something to aspire to, Reebok is sending the message that raping a woman is cool–and that’s a dangerous message to teach the boys and young men that Reebok markets to. This is what rape culture is.
According to the co-founders of Ultra Violet (Nita & Shaunna), Reebok needs to know that we won’t stand for this.
Plus, radio stations have reportedly pulled Ross and Lil Wayne’s songs off air since the controversy.
Earlier this year the song “Karate Chop” leaked online featuring rapper Lil Wayne. He raps, “Bout to put rims on my skateboard wheels/Beat that (expletive/woman genital) up like Emmett Till.” A few weeks later a song by rapper Rocko featuring Rick Ross was release called “You Don’t Even Know It.” Rick Ross raps, “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.” Yes, we have our freedom of speech right, but when is freedom of speech taken too far?
Many would say both rappers have taken their lyrical content too far and offended too many. The family and estate of Emit Till have released a statement of disapproval over Lil Wayne’s disregard and disrespectful lyrics. Though his record label issued a statement of apology, the rapper has yet to do so. In the case of Rick Ross, a petition has been started over his blatant disregard for women and the issue of date rape.
The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that over 300,000 women are raped or sexually assaulted per year in the United States alone. That is a disturbing number and should not be taken lightly. His lyrics not only condone the behavior, but he boasts about it in the song. While some feel it’s only entertainment, many feel it sends and encourages the wrong message. Several individuals and organizations have taken a stand and so are we.
Effective immediately Muskegon’s WUVSlp 103.7 the Beat has pulled ALL Lil Wayne and Rick Ross music from rotation. We pride ourselves on playing music that is non-degrading and non-violent. While we believe in freedom of speech, creative writing and individualism, we refuse to be part of the problem by spreading messages that could harm or end someone’s life.