think of rapists as always and only boogeymen who lurk behind the bushes with a knife and a ski-mask. And that’s why someone like Ross would feel comfortable boasting about a rape on a rap song. Not a ‘gray rape,’ mind you. Not a situation where there could be an argument made that perhaps there was some confusion about consent. No, this big horrible man boasted that he gave a chick drugs unbeknownst to her and had sex with her unbeknownst to her. And he liked it! Which is good to know, because you know what matters more than a woman’s safety? A man’s pleasure, duh.
If there is any takeaway from this whole miserable mess, I hope that there are some men and women who will soon understand that sex sans consent is rape—no matter how many pills the victim pops on a regular basis, no matter how many times she’s had sex with her rapist or anyone else in the past. It sounds awfully simple, but how much evidence do we need to see that for many folks, the culture of rape is readily accepted and sustained?
As far as an impact on Rick Ross’ career, well, R. Kelly peed on an underage girl in a video that many of us watched and later collected an NAACP Image Award. So I don’t think the consequences for “just” a rape lyric will be great. However, we do know that the rapper endorses Reebok , he's an Island Def Jam artist and that his Maybach Music Group is distributed by Atlantic. Perhaps these folks should hear just what we think about his latest verse.
Jamilah Lemieux is the News and Lifestyle Editor for EBONY.com. She may joke, but she does not play.