Target: Viacom President Philippe Dauman
Goal: Fire TV host who started the pro-rape Twitter hashtag #ItAintRape for promoting rape culture attitudes
Comedian and MTV program host Roland Powell (known as Lil Duval) recently started using the hashtag #ItAintRape on his Twitter account to make rape jokes to his hundreds of thousands of followers. The hashtag, which is used to make jokes about when raping people “doesn’t count” as rape, is now trending and is being used and viewed by millions of impressionable young men across the world.
Lil Duval is the host of an MTV show called “Guy Code,” which discusses how men should conduct themselves. The premise of the show is problematic enough on its own, but now it has come to light that the host apparently thinks that rape is funny and that it’s appropriate to spread prevalent and dangerous rape culture narratives through his official social media account. “Guy Code” targets teenage boys, which means that Lil Duval’s fans are impressionable youngsters who are likely to emulate and pick up the attitudes of those they admire.
Jokes like this are not funny for the most terrible reasons. Making excuses for rape and saying that a rape “didn’t count” for some arbitrary reason is a common reality for millions of rape victims across the world, and is why very few rapists serve even a single day in jail. Giving young men the message that it only counts as rape in very narrow circumstances is exactly why one in five women in the U.S. will suffer rape or attempted rape in their lifetimes.
Attitudes and behaviors like the ones demonstrated by Lil Duval cannot be tolerated, especially in television targeting young boys. Sign our petition to demand that MTV immediately dismiss Lil Duval and cancel “Guy Code” to show that it cares about the issue of rape and the women who have to suffer under rape culture.
Dear Mr. Dauman,
The host of one of your programs called “Guy Code” has started a seriously offensive hashtag on his official Twitter account. Roland Powell, a.k.a. Lil Duval, started posting tweets tagged #ItAintRape and then giving examples of when non-consensual sex doesn’t count as rape. The hashtag has caught on and is now trending, with thousands of his fans posting rape jokes after his example.
Lil Duval has over 900,000 Twitter followers, and I’m sure even more people watch his show regularly. He makes an impression on millions of young men, and right now the impression he’s giving is that rape is funny. It’s attitudes like this that directly contribute to myths that cause more rape and very little justice for victims. Is this the kind of person you want representing your network?
I’m writing to urge you to immediately fire Lil Duval and cancel his program, unless you want to send the message that you condone this type of behavior. Considering the fact that in the U.S. alone one in five women will be a victim of rape or attempted rape in her lifetime, it’s extremely important that the message is sent to young men that rape is not funny and that joking about it is not okay. Please do the right thing for the millions of rape victims in the world by taking a stand against this kind of insensitive behavior.
[Your Name Here]
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