Sunday, May 6, 2018

#MeToo

As the movement (the movement encouraging all victims of sexual harassment and/or assault to come forward publicly) thankfully progresses forward, can we have the discussion that part of the problem is music/TV/film/etc.?
I saw a major car commercial yesterday centered around a famous rap song with the chorus:
“You’re a real fine woman, won’t you back that thing up”


The "chorus" was "scrubbed" for TV, as the actual chorus, as it was played millions of times on radio stations across the country in its unedited format, says "You're a da** fine woman, won't you back that a** up"


And in case anyone is wondering, no, the chorus is not sung in some sort of Rico Suave tone of voice where some artist at least TRIES to pretend that they love the person they are sexually harassing with their music.  "You're a real fine woman, won't you back that thing up" is sung with the voice that says, very clearly, "you are a piece of meat, I care nothing about you, and I just want to use you and be done with you."


Every legitimate company in the country is rightly in support of the #MeToo movement, but the fact that those same companies don't connect the dots between sexual harassment/assault with their willingness to air commercials on major TV networks that "sing" "You're a real fine woman, won't you back that thing up"...that shows just how far we still have to go.