Watchdogs, Outraged Over Rihanna's New Video, Give Kanye's Misogyny a Pass
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And so, while the uncritical accolades Eminem and Rihanna received for their “Love the Way You Lie” clip still make me cringe, “Man Down” is somewhat redemptive in my eyes. At the very least, the pop star has gotten a lot of people talking about rape, and the anger, pain and destruction that define its aftermath. BET is still airing “Man Down,” and for that it should be commended.
When “Monster” first leaked, rumors abound that MTV had banned the clip; in March, MTV released a statement denying this, saying it was waiting for edits to be made to make it “ suitable for broadcast.” Nor should they ban it -- West is an important part of pop music, and his inclinations toward misogynist art (which also include his lyrics) should be included in an open discourse about gender and culture.
But those who condemn one and not the other should be exposed for their hypocrisy, and questioned for their motives. Why is one man’s symbolic shooting more angering than the prolonged depiction of beautiful female corpses? At this point, only they know... but I've got a hunch.
Julianne Escobedo Shepherd is an associate editor at AlterNet and a Brooklyn-based freelance writer and editor. Formerly the executive editor of The FADER, her work has appeared in VIBE, SPIN, New York Times and various other magazines and websites.