Target: Kanye West
Goal: Apologize for misogynistic lyrics and comments.
Kanye West’s new album, “The Life of Pablo,” is being criticized for having misogynistic lyrics. The song coming under the most criticism is “Famous,” where West raps “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex…I made that bitch famous,” in reference to Taylor Swift. West famously interrupted Swift in 2009 when she was accepting an award for a music video that West felt Beyonce deserved.
After West saw the criticism for the line, he claimed that Swift gave him permission and suggested that it was even her idea. A publicist for Swift said that was not true, adding that West had asked her to premiere the song on her Twitter, and she declined because of the line. West then said on Twitter that he meant no offense, saying the word “bitch” is a term of endearment in hip-hop, which many women have taken offense to.
He also surprisingly has some sexist lines about his own wife, Kim Kardashian. On “High Lights,” he objectifies her while dissing her ex, Ray J. West has also recently voiced support for Bill Cosby, and he insulted his ex, Amber Rose, and her young child on Twitter. Kanye has always had a problem with misogyny in his music, but it has been increasing, and it’s time he apologize for it.
Dear Mr. West,
There is no doubt that you are one of the most successful, original and provocative musicians working today. But we are writing to demand that you apologize for your recent set of misogynistic comments, both in your lyrics and on Twitter. There are a number of women you have thrown under the bus, and it is damaging your reputation.
While we do not know the extent that Taylor Swift knew about the line in your song “Famous,” she seems very upset about it and confused over why you say that she gave her blessing. It is a disgusting line that dehumanizes Swift. You cannot say you made her famous when the moment in question was her receiving an award for a music video – she was famous long before that.
It is also frustrating that you would voice support for Bill Cosby. While of course we do not know any truth about the allegations against Cosby, there are heavy charges from dozens of women and voicing your opinion for him is only hurting your own image. You should not have dragged Amber Rose and her son into your Twitter feud with Wiz Khalifa; they were unrelated to the feud, and all you did was dehumanize them as well. Please take a look at your recent sexism and apologize for your words.
[Your Name Here]
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