Celebrities don’t raise other people’s children, but they are responsible for what they put out in the universe.
What Rapper Too $hort recently put out could be called criminal advice. He called it “fatherly advice” for young boys. This was not his usual demeaning music videos, but rather a talk that appeared in a video on the website for hip-hop magazine XXL.
The topic? “Turning little girls out.”
He talks directly to middle school and early high school boys in the video about how to treat girls their age. I can’t go into detail because most of it is too vulgar, but I can tell you he tells them to push the girls against the wall. What he says next could be described as sexual assault.
The outrage and condemnation was immediate. Some like journalist and writer Raquel Cepeda said enough with “encouraging (the) sexual assault of our Black and Latina girls.” Yes, all women and girls are demeaned by misogynistic language and videos. But let’s be honest — the images in the video are most often women of color.
Too $hort and the editor of magazine XXL have since apologized. In addition, XXL staffers were disciplined.
Clearly Powell says it’s not just enough to condemn Too $hort. He is calling on the rapper and other men to end this acceptance of violence against women and girls, both the rhetoric and the real.
As a woman, I say it’s about time.