Monday, April 16, 2007
Add Me to C, I'm Crap. Add E to Me, I'm Rape. What am I?
Everyone has a right to speak freely. But when that speech advocates wanton violence, should it still be free? If I can't yell fire in a crowded theater, why should I be able to advocate the abuse of women?
This morning on The Right Balance, I heard the host, Greg Allen, make an excellent point about rap music. "It's one letter away from crap. And it's one letter away from rape." It is beyond irony that we allow the degradation, not only of women, but of (mostly) black entertainers by giving rap music the time of day.
If everyone is free to say and do whatever they want, we will soon be captive to the lowest common denominator. To avoid such captivity, we need to start using our freedom of speech, and speaking out against crap when we hear or see it.
Rap music is crap. The artists can make much better of themselves and their lives.
A caller recently called into the Michael Medved show claiming that when a rapper refers to women as "hos", he is only referring to the ones that are perpetually on welfare and are child factories for sexual predators. She didn't, it just occurs to me, state which group they they were referring to when they talk about the 'b****' word.
Nice try, caller. Your wishful thinking did not get you a fish fry.
Rap music is what's wrong with America. Its rhythm is the only part of it that occasionally requires any talent. The lyrics never do. It advocates acts that all Americans should be embarrassed by.
More frustrating than the fact that rappers ply their trade in the first place, is that people actually buy their music. Must be that they don't think about the words they are mimicking. At least I hope that's the problem.
Rap music commonly advocates violence to women. Violence to women in our culture is up. There seems to be a correlation. Why don't more people speak out against it? Unfortunately, rappers have their right to say what they want.
Fortunately, so do we. So, let's stop listening to it. Let's stop buying it. And let's encourage everyone else to do the same.