Responding to the controversy that just won’t die — the Imus in the Morning scandal — hip hop mogul Russell Simmons says he agrees with those who say that rap and hip hop music is just as guilty of degrading women and glorifying racial epithets against blacks as the comments made by the shock jock. Concretely, he believes that the music industry would do well to eliminate three words from its vernacular:
Expressing concern about the “growing public outrage” over the use of such words in rap lyrics, Simmons said the words “bitch,” “ho” and “nigger” should be considered “extreme curse words.”
“We recommend (they’re) always out,” Simmons, the pioneering entrepreneur who made millions of dollars as he helped shape hip-hop culture, said in an interview Monday. “This is a first step. It’s a clear message and a consistency that we want the industry to accept for more corporate social responsibility”
I have a hard time believing that these words will disappear from hip hop any time soon. And in hearing Simmons’ proposal, I couldn’t help but be reminded of a post Maegan wrote back in 2005 about Reggaeton. Many have charged that this musical genre is degrading to women, with lyrics that sing the praises of the perreo and which many say reduce women to mere sex objects, perpetuating the negative stereotype of an oversexed Latino macho.
Reggaeton has flown under the radar in the U.S. — the land of P.C.-ness and regulations — because the lyrics are in Spanish, leaving most of the population in the dark about what the songs are about.
Fans of reggaeton compare the genre to hip hop, and say its lyrics reflect a Latino reality, and that the hype about them is overblown. Indeed, not all reggaeton songs are about sex.
What do you think? Should reggaeton lyrics also be put in the hotseat as hip hop lyrics? Should neither be regulated? Please leave your thoughts in the comments section.
Via / Yahoo! Entertainment
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