(by Mwende Katwiwa)
1. “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke and Pharrell: As if the title and lyrics weren’t bad enough, Robin Thicke went on to say how it was a pleasure to degrade women. Here’s how some real rape survivors responded to his song.
2. “You Don’t Even Know It” by Rick Ross: Lyrics to this song include: “I put molly [ecstasy] all in her Champagne / she ain’t even know it / I took her home and enjoyed that / she ain’t even know it.” Ross’ glorification of rape got him dropped by Reebok. He later made a statement with an apology … sort of.
3. “The Wrong Way” by Sublime: One of Sublime’s hit songs is about a 12-year-old girl sold for sex by her dad and brother. Even though the song is kinda self-aware and the narrator expresses pity for her, he still rationalizes what he does by saying that he’s “only a man.”
4. “Blame It on the Alcohol” by Jamie Foxx: I think Jamie Foxx can only blame himself for lyrics like: “Just one more round and you’re down, I know it / Couple more shots you open up like a book.” That’s not consent. That’s rape. In fact, studies show that rapists deliberately use alcohol as a tool to choose their victims.
5. “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” written by Frank Loesser: This song is supposed to be cute, but it’s really about coercing a woman into having sex. It’s so bad, there’s a parody sketch on it. Several, in fact.
6. Tyler the Creator: I can’t limit this to just one song because his themes in general areabout raping, killing, and mutilating women. Why is this allowed?
7. “Steal My Kisses” by Ben Harper: In the song, Harper sings, “I always have to steal my kisses from you / You wouldn’t even come around to see me / And since you’re headin’ up to Carolina / You know I’m gonna be right there behind you.” Note to songwriters: Stalking is not romantic. (That goes for you too, Sting.)
8. “Summer Nights” by Grease: It’s all summer fun until the Greasers ask Danny, “Did she put up a fight?” It’s beyond awkward — it’s against the law.