Target: Hip-hop artist Rick Ross
Goal: Get Rick Ross to apologize for promoting and glamorizing rape culture in his lyrics
Famous hip-hop artist Rick Ross released a song that promotes date raping women and denies that having non-consensual sex constitutes rape. The lyrics tell it all: “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” clearly refers to date rape. Yet Rick Ross claims that this is all just a “misunderstanding”. Sound familiar? This is the same excuse Steubenville rapist Trent Mays used in denying his involvement in the sexual assault of an intoxicated minor. Demand that Rick Ross publicly apologize for contributing to and promoting rape culture.
One out of every four college-aged women is date-raped or experiences an attempted date-rape; it is considered an epidemic in the United States. It is extremely important to note that there does not need to be force involved for a sex act to be considered rape. It is actually more common that an individual is drugged or intoxicated to the point that they do not have the capacity to consent to sex. It is instances such as these that Ross refers to in his lyrics. When Ross references “molly” (MDMA), he is referring to a drug that lowers an individual’s inhibitions and can induce feelings of euphoria, well-being, and an illusory sense of closeness to other individuals. When combined with alcohol, such as the champagne that Ross mentions, the effects of MDMA increase drastically and can cause black-outs.
Yet Ross asserts that since he did not use the actual word “rape,” he is not to blame. This is ridiculous and cowardly. It would be so much easier for the hip-hop star to admit to his wrongdoing and move on. Instead, he counters “I want to make sure this is clear that woman is the most precious gift known to man . . . It was a misunderstanding with a lyric, a misinterpretation where the term rape wasn’t used.” By citing a misunderstanding of a situation, Ross engages in the disgusting act known as “victim blaming” in which the offender places all responsibility on the individual they have victimized. In rape culture, this often refers to rapists saying that the victim deserved to be raped because they were drunk or let their guard down.
Rape culture is insanely illogical and one of the primary reasons that so many offenders think it is permissible to sexually assault vulnerable individuals. Ross not only condones rape, but glamorizes it. Demand that he admit that the lyrics are unacceptable and issue a public apology immediately.
Dear Rick Ross,
One of your recent songs glamorizes the rape of women — you stated in your lyrics that you slipped an illegal drug into a woman’s drink, took her home, raped her, and enjoyed it. Even worse – you deny that drugging an intoxicated woman and having sex with her without her knowledge is rape.
Rape is defined as non-consensual sex. Even if a woman does not verbally say “no” or physically fight back, having sex with her without her knowledge is still rape. Anytime that you have sex with an individual and they have not given consent, it is rape. As an influential public figure, you should be aware that people listen to what you have to say and take it into high consideration. Using drugs and alcohol to force women to have sex with you is disgusting, manipulative, and illegal. Your lyrics have disrespected rape victims everywhere and may promote future rapes. I implore you to issue a public apology immediately.
[Your Name Here]
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