1. If I had one wish
So Ray J has decided in the most original and authentic fashion, to release a song entitled ‘I hit it first’ with a pixelated picture of our most beloved Kardashian, Kim on the front. Can we all just gather, stand up, and clap for him? What a hero. What a hero!
More like a parasite. Does he really think sucking on the fame (admittedly ridiculous) of KimYe in this spiteful and lowlife manner, will somehow revive his ‘phantom’ career for more than five minutes? Taking him to a level of credibility respected outside of the insect kingdom? Granted, Kim hasn’t exactly led the most recommended lifestyle, and Kanye is not exactly famed for his common sense & wisdom and more or less acts like an angry toddler these days. Yet, I don’t think either of them deserved this scumbag to slither up from the gutter like the ghost of Christmas past, and re-invent himself off something that was pretty tacky, humiliating and just a ‘no’. Is that how desperate people are for fame and record sales these days? That they are willing to denigrate others and themselves for a couple of stacks and that’s legitimately called ‘making it’? When I see things like this, I just think ‘Jesus is tarrying yo’.
So many issues here. Firstly, that a grown man is evidently proud about there being a public sex tape of him and feels like it’s some kind of badge of masculine honour that he can translate into money and an a-list (in reality z-list) career. Secondly, some idiot somewhere saw fit to allow this whole concept to come to life in the form of a record complete with artwork with degrading implications. No moral boundaries eh? Thirdly, that a man is so consumed with his lusts for fame, fortune and relevance, that he feels no qualms about releasing this and directing it towards a couple that are about to bring a child into the world. The parents may be a few chocolate chips short of a cookie, but at the end of the day, a child will grow up in this filthy & murky backdrop that should have been put to rest ages ago.
So everyone is talking about him. But some people are not sophisticated in thought. They don’t realise how transitory that lifestyle is, and how few will be there with you and for you at the end of it all, when you’re alone, penniless and irrelevant, realising you led your life like a prick, and you are now reaping what you have sown.
2. Rated R
When I first read the story about Rick Ross’ date-rape lyrics I thought, ‘surely not. Surely there’s a limit?’. I’m of the opinion that what really highlighted the heinousness of these lyrics were the recent stories surrounding rape, particularly Steubenville. Otherwise if I’m honest, I think Ross may just have got away with those lyrics. He is not the first rapper to talk about things deeply morally objectionable as if it is cool. But I think people have had enough now. Steubenville for anyone with a reasonable moral bandwith, was really an eye-opener to many, into the kind of attitudes surrounding rape and who was or was not to blame. The debates during and since it have been heated, some downright shocking defences of the defendants & blaming of the victim, and on the flipside deeply critical of a society that slut-shames victims.
And then you have this rapper talking about a woman not knowing what is happening to her whilst a sexual act is taking place:
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.
And then he gives his ‘apology’ which was tantamount to saying ‘I didn’t mention rape, so how could it be rape? I love women’. But let me not paraphrase:
“The term ‘rape’ wasn’t used,” he said. “You know I would never use the term rape in my records … I just wanted to reach out to all the … sexy ladies, all the beautiful ladies that had been reaching out to me with the misunderstanding: we don’t condone rape and I’m not with that.”
And then the world realises that it’s precisely this kind of warped, sick and dim mentality that perpetuates the increasing occurrence of this crime, where the victim ends up being blamed, despite the fact a man knows she is not aware…but it’s cool as long as he’s enjoying it.
I’m going to be very frank. I hope his career takes a dive and then some for this & he loses key sponsorship deals. It needs to. It needs to so that others do not grow up to have or exist in a mental state where they think it’s okay to firstly have these thoughts, secondly have the audacity to put it into a song, and thirdly to give a shit ‘apology’. It wouldn’t even have mattered if he had apologised ‘correctly’, because out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. What needs to be addressed here is not just the voicing of this disgusting attitude, but the degradation of a mind to the point that this scenario is okay. That’s why for me Rick Ross’ career taking a slump is just a surface punishment and reaction. It doesn’t mean he’ll change his attitude towards date-rape. Maybe he’s just not rapping about it anymore. Maybe he’s still passing on that toxic way of thinking to those around him on the down low. For me, a better outcome of this, if he really is apologetic, is to see him go to groups that work with women who have been sexually assaulted and hear first-hand testimony of how it affected their lives. To see him go to groups which deal with men guilty of sexual violence and see how it feels sitting amongst a bunch of people who thought how he thought and acted on it. I bet he would feel like a real scumbag. He might even change his attitude.
3. Please Sir, can I have some more?
Sometimes the politicians of this country manage to inspire a reaction from me more than general apathy and indifference. Last week it was George Osborne. He really must think that the entire populace of this country are the Daily Mail reading, susceptible to scaremongering, unable to think for themselves without an outrageous headline, kind. To have the gall to link the Philpotts burning down their house and killing their 6 children, to welfare, he is an utter slimeball. If all else fails as Chancellor, he will definitely have a warm hearth and hot biscuits with milk at the Mail headquarters to look forward to.
I believe he thought he was being subtle and clever by using the terms:
“I think there is a question for government and for society about the welfare state, and the taxpayers who pay for the welfare state, subsidising lifestyles like that.
“And I think that debate needs to be had,”
But anyone with half a brain could see that for the sneaky and low-level political ploy that was. Using an extreme case to rile people easily susceptible to such media frenzy-building tactics, to carry the implications of his words like a herald through the streets of Britain: Tories who have classified all working class in their minds as layabouts who deliberately don’t work and claim off the state; others whose daily bible are the tabloids and believe Britain is bursting at the seams with illegal immigrants and benefit claimants popping out millions of kids and living in celebrity-esque mansions. All for his own sinister welfare agenda, an agenda that will put thousands into poverty, and sink thousands more into deeper poverty.
The thing is, and what dear old Mr Osborne & his Tory cronies conveniently forget to point out, is that there is a significantly larger number of people on benefits not abusing the system, than are. Also, being on benefits does not turn you into the despicable man that Mick Philpott was. But of course that’s not going to help raise support for his Dickensian welfare reforms is it?