UPDATE: APRIL 14th
A few days ago Reebok officially cut ties with Rick Ross, implying that it wasn't necessarily that he had those lyrics, but his bullshit non-apology apology to it, and his seeming lack of any sense of realization as to why there was an outrage over it. There are of course people defending Ross and screaming "Free Speech" and other nonsense. As I've pointed out before, Free Speech means you can say what you want. Free Speech ALSO means everyone else can express their outrage, and your sponsors don't necessarily have to keep you on.
After Reebok made their move, Ross came out with a heartfelt and sincere sounding apology in the form of a statement. Now of course I can't imagine Ross actually wrote those words. I've heard way too many songs by Rick Ross to believe that.
But the situation seems to be over at this point. Good has prevailed, and hopefully Ross thinks before he raps next time. Now he can just go back to generally making all black people (and fat people) look bad, which is what he's exceptionally good at.
ORIGINAL ARTICLE BELOW.
Rick Ross, corrections officer turned drug kingpin and all around bawse, has a verse on a song by an artist named Future that has stirred up a lot of controversy lately, due to what appears to be Mr. Rawse condoning the drugging and raping of a girl. You might remember it was another song by Future where Lil Wayne courted controversy after appearing including a vulger sexual verse that name dropped Emmett Till, who was beaten and tortured, then killed for allegedly whistling at a white woman.
Apparently Future is the guy whose tracks you hop on when you want to get some media attention.
In the offending song (this time) called "U.O.E.N.O", Ross drops these bon mots:
"Put molly all in her champagne / She ain't even know it
I took her home and I enjoyed that / She ain't even know it,"
Now, surprisingly there were many people that had a problem with the idea of drugging a woman with ecstasy, and then when he gets her home, he has sex with her, and all the while she doesn't know about any of this. In most parts of the universe, that is called rape. In Ross' universe it's called....well...I'm not really sure, because in his "explanation" for it, it doesn't really seem that he knows what rape IS.
Ross said the following in an interview with a radio station, which had been posted on youtube with the erroneous headline "Ross Clears the Air" regarding the lyrics.
MORE AFTER THE BREAK
"Woman is the most precious gift known to man. And there was a misunderstanding with a lyric...a misinterpretation where the term rape was--wasn't used. I would never use the term rape, you know, in my lyrics. And as far as my camp, hip hop don't condone that, the streets don't condone that, nobody condones that."
You see that? Ross seems to be under the impression that since he didn't say the word "rape", it's not rape. He's not talking about rape, folks. He doesn't condone rape. He's talking about drugging a woman (against her will, and without her knowledge) and taking her home and having sex with her (against her will, and without her knowledge).
Case closed? Not exactly.
Ross seems to be in a confused state when it comes to this subject. I think that he is in an insulated bubble from criticism. And it makes sense, seeing as how he's had some high profile situations recently that potentially posed harm to him. However I don't think that he really gets pushback against things he says. I also think he tries to hide behind the "I'm creating a narrative, and this isn't REAL life".
I mean, actors who play rapists in movies don't have to go around and apologize for what they did in that movie do they? David Morrissey doesn't have to go and do interviews and apologize about what he did as The Governor on AMC's Walking Dead. Although after seeing that scene with Maggie, I think he should have apologized to Glenn. But I digress.
The problem with that is that this is a different situation. Nobody rationally looks at actors and says that the role they are playing is who they are. With hip hop music in particular, the entire image you create is based on this idea that THAT IS WHO YOU ARE. Rappers talk about selling drugs and whatnot as the means to getting to where they are. They craft these facades of the big badass guy who is not to be messed with, and then when someone takes offense they want to cry "no, I'm just painting a picture".
Now I think a lot of people realize these rappers that do that are almost always bullshitting. Akon didn't go to prison for some elaborate stolen car chop shop ring like he based his entire image on, and in fact he only spent a few months in jail before charges were dropped in one case, and got three years probation in another. Ross isn't a drug kingpin, he's a former correction's officer who stole the identity from and profited off a guy who actually DID the things that Ross is pretending to be.
However there are many who hear the things that Ross says and thinks "yeah. That guy is authentic! He's real. I wanna be just like him. I wanna be a 'Bawse' too!" Who thinks selling cocaine is great, without realizing the damage that it does to the communities that that kid probably grew up in or around. That doesn't even factor in all the white kids who grew up in the suburbs and the only viewpoint of black people that they've seen is on BET, and think that this is a true representation of black people.
A real life Flip Dog.
So when they hear Ross talking about drugging a girl with "Molly" and she didn't even know it, and then he took her home and "enjoyed that" and she didn't even know it, you have to imagine there's a number of his fans out there thinking "yeah. I bet he did enjoy that shit. I wanna enjoy that shit too."
Most rational people read that and think that's a ridiculous notion, but there are some seriously disturbed people out there that are being fed this bullshit on a regular basis not understanding how dangerous it is. Who don't understand that you don't drug a woman and have sex with her against her will/without her knowledge. And who don't quite get that you don't have to say the word rape in a song for it to be a situation that glorifies rape.
Ross has proven that he clearly has no idea what rape really constitutes beyond the most basic level of "Well a guy forcing himself on a woman and her saying no over and over". Ross doesn't seem to comprehend that unlike what many Republican senators may believe, this isn't a case of "Legitimate rape" versus "well, not really rape because she got pregnant" or "well, she didn't fight back hard enough so she musta enjoyed it" sort of situation.
And this is going to go on for much longer too. Ross will probably end up issuing another apology and it may seem a little more sincere than his tone deaf previous "apology", but at the end of the day this is more publicity for him. And people like Ross in the rap world attribute ANY social media buzz, ANY attention, whether positive or negative, as a plus. Because if you're talking about him, then that's great and that's more attention and potentially more sales.
So in that vein, this works for him. He'll throw out some morsels of apologies, get the protestors off his back and to stop boycotting Reebok, and then he'll laugh all the way to the bank. Meanwhile many of his fans will be pushed even more in that direction of thinking that is okay, because they'll view this as "political correctness" run amok, and how the mass media just doesn't understand "the hip hop culture", which they don't associate with "rape culture" in any form or fashion.
It's just stories, man. Sure, he talks about drugging women and shit, but he doesn't mean it, it's just his schtick, you know? All you ladies just need to calm down, and relax. In fact, I think I have something here in my pocket for your drink that might help you do so.
And the cycle continues.