An activisit site named Ultra Violet is promoting a presure campaign to hit Rick Ross by forcing his removal from a Reebok sponsorship. UltraViolet is a community of women and men, fighting to expand women's rights and combat sexism everywhere - from politics and government to media and pop culture:
In his latest single, Reebok spokesman and rapper Rick Ross brags about drugging and raping a woman, saying, "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." ("Molly" is drug that distorts reality and reduces inhibitions.) "Reebok needs to know that we won't stand for them promoting rape culture. Will you sign the petition telling Reebok that rape is NEVER okay and they should drop Rick Ross right away?"
The lyrics in question talk about drugging a woman and taking her home. "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," raps Ross. Check out Ross' response in the below clip (around 4:55) and share your thoughts in the comments section below. The video link is: http://youtu.be/KzR-yTSWZgI
Rick Ross has taken to the airwaves to respond to the controversy surrounding his lyrics in the song 'U.O.E.N.O.'. While the Maybach Music frontman is known for rapping about his luxurious lifestyle, he stirred up a bit of a firestorm with a line in the single that seemed to glorify date rape.
But the rapper said that couldn't be further from the truth. During an interview on New Orleans radio station Q93.3, the Miami lyricist calls the criticism a misunderstanding, saying he doesn't promote or condone rape in any way.
"I feel like us being artists that's our job," he said. "To clarify the sensitive things and the things that we know that really need to be clarified such as a situation as this." Ross collaborated with Atlanta rapper Rocko for the single, titled "U.O.E.N.O.," off Rocko's mixtape "Gift of Gab 2." Although the mix dropped in February, the track featuring Ross is just now gaining traction because of a lyric presumably about date rape.
Rigggggggggggggggggght. Sounds like a 'Tricky-Ricky' back-pedal to the conscious..........Rick needs to admit that he F'ed up and wasn't considering the message in his message and get on board in the improvement of the community starting with an apology. Maybe he should use the Reebox platform to fix this issue....... But that would be more like a man and much less than the Nigg@' he defines himself as....
Sadly, talking about rape, disrespecting women, and drugging or abusing women in music, specifically rap, is nothing new, and it has generally been looked upon as an unfortunate but acceptable practice. (See: Dr. Dre, Jay-Z, Lil' Wayne, a particularly egregious example from Notorious B.I.G., and many more.) Indeed, female rappers are particularly well-known for turning around and serving it straight back to men, but for the most part, misogyny in rap has been generally accepted as a part of the music — either as a reflection of cultural norms or inherent class divisions in the music. But, guys, it is not okay. (It was never okay, but in 2013, it is less acceptable than ever.)
Of course, as members of the human race (and owners of a couple Rick Ross albums) we should get angry. But at this point, anger isn't enough. The author of this post has (on several occasions) interviewed or met Rick Ross, and he was incredibly friendly and gentleman-like. (This isn't to say that friendly, gentleman-like people aren't capable of date-rape, but chalking up Rick Ross to an Eminem-style provocateur isn't going to work in this instance.) The reason we mention this is because Rick Ross, at this point, should know better. His album label should know better. His producers should know better. His friends, both male and female, should also know better. The attitude of, "Well, this is okay because it is a part of the culture, even though it is ignorant" is now imploding on itself, with Steubenville, Adria Richards, and with Todd Akin. In fact, it seems that, even though foot-in-mouth misogyny is running rampant, rappers are particularly complacent in their acceptance of disturbing imagery like date rape.
Let us also remember that even though it is unlikely Rick Ross intended to rape a girl, it is this speech that contributes to "rape culture." This is a clear moment in time — with "legitimate rape" and Steubenville and #SafetyTipsForLadies fresh in our collective minds — that we need real, actual discussion. In the '90s, kids and teens used the word "f*****t" a lot, and one of the reasons that usage slowed significantly (in tandem with raising awareness of the cruelty of the word) is because a lot of peers turned to one another and said, "Hey man, that isn't cool to say."
Most importantly, we need to stand up for one another, to point out that an off-the-cuff comment in a song about people "not even knowing" what Rick Ross is up to, having sex with a drugged woman is not one of those things that's cool to mention. Instead, we need to challenge each other — especially if we are peers — to think before we speak, weigh our words and the meanings they carry. And we need to help each other in doing so. So, listen up, Mr. Rozay.