Hold on Jonathan - the 32 weren't rounded on murder charges.
Rickaroo, on behalf of little old church ladies everywhere, I take that as a compliment.
And I also, sincerely, appreciate your comments and the times you read this column. Same goes for everyone commenting today, including LaughingBoy (even though we're clearly dont see eye to eye on this). Emilyro, you've got my vote.
Regrettably, I do remember 2 Live Crew. And a 1000 other bands like them and Thicke (and I would hesitate to call them church hymns. "I will give you something big enough to tear (expletive) in two" the song goes....)
I never wrote that these songs cause men to go out and rape. Never...wrote...that.
I did say they feed the monster of sexism and male violence and male distortion: where men think women are objects, and men absorb all the power and control they can get their hands on. Thicke and Luther Campbell contribute to this, and ho-hum it's-just-a-song casualness does as well.
LaughingBoy, the language you are using fits right into all of this. Get into a woman's pants? Talk a woman into it? Someone else's fault?
In each of your descriptions, two things happen. You, trying to convince someone to have sex. And you, never considering anything else other than that.
What you're saying is wrong.
Sure I would Walden. In fact, I'll say it right here: any music and any artist - black, white, pop, rap, metal, country - that degrades and objectifies women in such a Thicke-esquian way is wrong and wrong again. But what you're pointing out is a double standard of color: what Cyrus did has been part of rap culture for a long time, but it was only when MTV put her center stage did the entire country get upset.
Thanks JonRoss. Great point.
How do I find these green people?
Thoughts on Berke? The new council? How they can do well and how they could muck it up?
tcrashfx, you mentioned earlier you are a street level cop. Could I tag along with you for a shift or two? Just to see, in person, your side of the story? On or off record. Up to you.
Jesse - what's the reality you're talking about?
tcrashfx - in all the interviews I've done, and in reading the work of the Gang Study, jobs is routinely listed as the most needed interrupter. Something to take the place of what's happening now. So, not sure why such a claim is so ignorant like you suggest.