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When Your Favorite Songs Are Deemed Disrespectful To Women: Am I Wrong For Jamming To Miguel’s “How Many Drinks”?
It was an ordinary Tuesday afternoon in the office I work in, and we were having a conversation about who we would have sing at our wedding and wedding reception if we could afford it like some of these famous celebrities. After saying I would love to have Miguel sing “Adore” at my wedding reception, and having others agree, we randomly decided to have a Miguel jam session. The chosen song to play first was the very popular “How Many Drinks?” and once it started, we were grooving (when we probably should have been busy completing some form of work). A few of us sang the chorus with not a care in the world, trying to reach Miguel’s falsetto at times, and just having a good time:
How many drinks would it take you to leave with me?/Yeah, you look good and I got money/But I don’t wanna waste my time/Back of my mind I’m hopin you say two or three/You look good, we came to party/But I don’t wanna waste my time…
Just a few seconds into winding in my seat, I was surprised to find that a few of my co-workers weren’t feeling it at all. They knew the song, but aside from the beat and his crooning on the track, they hated everything else about it, and they were literally dumping on it while a few of my colleagues and I were still grooving to it. I can’t tell you what both women said word for word, but the gist of their complaint about one of my favorite songs was that it was extremely disrespectful to women, and condoned the idea of getting a woman drunk, taking her home, and taking advantage of her. In a way, they compared the promotion of a date rape culture by Rick Ross in his “U.O.E.N.O.” controversy to Miguel possibly promoting a culture of getting chicks drunk to get to the last base–disrespect to women.
During this debate, my colleague and I disagreed with our other co-workers, saying that there’s a difference because Ross described drugging his companion for the evening when she didn’t know it, and then taking her home, “enjoying that,” when she didn’t even know it. That’s not giving someone a choice. Miguel might have been extremely forward and crass in his delivery to this fictional woman, but he wasn’t forcing anybody to do anything they weren’t down for. They still strongly disagreed, claiming it makes a lot of these men out here believe that it’s okay to step to a woman in such a way, as if they, along with their ladybits, can be bought.
After much consideration, I could understand what my co-workers were trying to say, and I agree with them a little bit. A lot of today’s music can be mad disrespectful to women, and I’m one of many women who unknowingly jammed to, or ignored lyrics in songs that are all about foolery that I wouldn’t condone from a guy in real life. I certainly wouldn’t want a man stepping to me at the bar, asking how many drinks it would take to take me home and get me out of my clothes. And while we can all say that it’s just music, as my co-worker said, music can be a powerful force that influences people’s behaviors. Maybe we shouldn’t be telling our friends and DJ’s to “RUN THAT BACK!!!” on songs that parade around the idea of getting women drunk or high off their behinds so that they can get loose as goose and make regrettable choices. And that can go in the same vein as backing away from songs that call us ho*s, b***hes, and everything other than a child of God.
But on the other side of the fence, I have to ask, when are we going to stop blaming the music of a few for the foolery, lack of sense and lack of manners of others? To each their own. My co-worker and others can shun this particular Miguel track, or the artist as a whole because they don’t agree with the song, but I don’t necessarily believe it promotes or pushes folks with free will to let a man buy them drinks to get them in bed, or men to step to women in a disrespectful manner. These are things both women and men have been doing and allowing for years, and I doubt they got their courage by listening to Miguel’s Kaleidoscope album. Besides, as my colleague would say, not every song is about romance, just as every new encounter between a man and a woman is not romantic and sweet. Were people having this same conversation when Wreckx-N-Effect’s “Rump Shaker” came out and Teddy Riley told the ladies, “All I wanna do is zoom-a-zoom-zoom-zoom and a poom-poom” in ’92?
I’m not a fan of music that glorifies sexual and physical assault of women, and on a sidenote, I’m not a real fan of Rick Ross because he’s had a history of saying questionable things and stealing other people’s lives for his music. But as for Miguel, a man who I would still ask to sing “Adore” at my wedding reception (if he was doing it for free.99), this particular song will continue to get played on my iPhone. If Miguel came up to me at the bar and said, “How many drinks would it take you to leave with me? Yeah, you look good and I got money, but I don’t wanna waste my time,” I would probably laugh in his face and two-step in the opposite direction. But to say so in a simple song, with some insane vocal arrangements, strings, and all-around awesome production to it? I’m sorry, but that’s my jam, and I’ll continue to bow my head, lift my hand, and snap my finger to it. Is that so wrong?
While I wasn’t necessarily feeling “Triumphant,” Mariah Carey’s last single with Rick Ross, nor was I crazy about her track “Almost Home” for the movie Oz, The Great And Powerful, this new joint I can rock with. Just a few days ago, “#Beautiful” dropped and I could groove with it, but wasn’t 100% sure if it was a winner in my book yet. But now that the video has been released, I love it! Carey debuted the video during American Idol yesterday, which was directed by Joseph Kahn, and in the clip, the iconic singer rides along on a motorcycle with the very handsome Miguel as they sing and let the “wind” (fake) blow though their hair (and in Miguel’s case, bouffant). Later in the video, Mimi writhes around and dances in a tiny yellow dress in front of Miguel in a barnyard. And yeah, that’s pretty much the gist of it. But I can say that the visuals match the song well. The song was co-written and co-produced by Miguel, and we’re digging it.
Even if things don’t work out as a judge on American Idol (and I hope she leaves on her own accord after the hot mess of a way she’s been portrayed through the show), she’s got a great summer to look forward to, because we’re sure this jam will be a winner on the charts. Check it out for yourself and let us know if it’s a pass or play for you!
I’m Not Going To Desert Him Because Of A Mistake: John Legend Explains Why He Kept Rick Ross On His New Single
John Legend is gearing up for the release of his new album, “Love in the Future,” next month, and if you haven’t heard the leading single “Who Do We Think We Are,” you are definitely missing out. The soulful slow jam brings all types of sexay — much like the sensual video that accompanies it — and thankfully for the Springfield, OH, singer it didn’t bring controversy despite the feature rapper on the track, Rick Ross.
Madame Noire got a chance to chat with John Legend today and we asked him whether he considered removing Rozay from his new track in light of his rape lyric controversy on U.O.E.N.O and he told us plainly, “no.”
“The track was already out when that controversy happened,” John told us. “It was already done, released to radio, and we had already shot the video. Plus I felt like I wasn’t going to completely drop somebody I had been working with for years because they made a mistake. We’ve done a lot of great work together and he did make a mistake — he effed up — and he rightfully got criticized for it, but I’m not going to desert him completely because of that.”
John and Ross do have a rather long history together. John Legend appeared on Ricky’s track “Magnificent” off of his “Deeper Than Rap” album in 2009, and he was also featured on “Rich Forever” on Ross’s mixtape of the same name. Apparently the two might strike magic again this time around, if people are still tolerating Ross after his slip-up.
In other John Legend news, the singer told us he and fiancée Chrissy Teigan have set a date for their big day and they will be jumping the broom this year! John told us of the upcoming wedding ceremony:
“It will be this year. We’re not really discussing a date or location any further, but we do know when and where and it will be this year.”
Although we know the pair likes to keep the details of their relationship under wraps, we did ask the Grammy-nominated artist if he and his wife-to-be would ever consider doing a reality TV show. Thankfully, that answer was a “no” as well.
“We get presented with that all the time, but I just feel like that’s not for us,” he said.” Some people do fine with it, but it’s hard enough to be in a relationship in general. There are always challenge, but to live out those challenges on television every day I think is unnecessary and we’re going to stay out of that.
Smart move on their part.
Check out the video for John’s new single “Who Do We Think We Are” below, if you haven’t seen it yet. What do you think?
“D*mn, Why They Wanna Stick Me For My Paper?” Celebrities Who Lost Major Endorsement Deals For Acting A Fool
If Rick Ross and Lil Wayne have taught us anything, it’s that you had better watch your filthy mouth, because it could very well hurt your pockets. But they aren’t the first celebrities to get the boot from a company for acting a complete donkey. Or in the case of some of the celebrities on this list, for just being themselves. Here are 10 who lost lucrative endorsement deals over the years because of their antics.
It still makes me sad to think about how on top of the world Chris Brown USED to be. Back in 2008, he was the guy every mom wanted their young daughters to date, and he was blowing everybody’s mind with his great dance moves and catchy songs. But then that terrible altercation occurred the night before the Grammys in February of 2008, and his fame was forever altered. And of course, he was also hit in the pockets. Brown was dropped as the spokesperson for Wrigley’s gum, and while you might say, “Who cares about some Doublemint Gum?” if it wasn’t for writing jingle for the company, we would never have “Forever” (“Double your pleasure, double your fuuuuuun…”).
The news is full of high-profile figures who are shouting their disappointments regarding past behavior. Maybe they said something that was so over-the-top it sparked an “oh hell naw” moment, or did something that deserved a beating from their mama. And if you think this is just limited to people, you best to think again as companies are now taking to the apology soapbox with their “forgive me” pleas.
Have you ever done something wrong that you needed to ask for forgiveness so it wouldn’t tarnish your brand? Here are some tips on giving a professional apology from the life lessons of celebs and companies.
Pepsi has ended its relationship with Lil Wayne over offensive lyrics that referenced Emmett Till. Weezy apologized for the lyrics earlier this week (sort of), but the damage was already done. In a statement, Pepsi would only say the “offensive reference to a revered civil rights icon does not reflect the values of our brand,” offering no further comment. According to the AP, Lil Wayne’s publicist would only say the split was caused by “creative differences.” Lil Wayne had been signed to promote Mountain Dew.
And speaking of Mountain Dew, the brand just pulled an ad created by Tyler, The Creator and starring his group Odd Future, which some said “glorified” violence against women and was one of the most racist ads ever. Bad week for Pepsi.
And a bad month or so for hip hop spokespeople. Rick Ross was dumped by Reebok, also over lyrics deemed offensive to women, making light of slipping “a molly” into a woman’s drink and then sleeping with her.
Is this going to have an impact on rap lyrics? The frequency with which rappers are given these sorts of sponsorship deals?
Celebrities are people too. And sometimes people do things that just don’t make a whole lot of sense. Whether they realize it or not, these celebs are going to regret their foolishness eventually — some sooner rather than later. Unfortunately for them, you can’t press rewind once the paparazzi get involved.
“He Has Stupid Advisors Around Him”: Reebok CEO Finally Talks Rick Ross Firing; Meek Mill Says “F**K Reebok, We Wear Pumas”
While participating in discussions at the Footwear News CEO Summit in Miami yesterday (who knew of such a thing?), a question was directed to Reebok CEO Uli Becker, in which he was asked about having to part ways with spokesperson Rick Ross for his irresponsible lyrics on the Rocko song, “U.O.E.N.O.” As a reminder for the umpteenth time, the lyrics went a little something like this:
“Put Molly all in the champagne/ She ain’t even know it/ I took her home and I enjoyed that/ She ain’t even know it.”
When women’s rights groups protested against the song and started a petition for Reebok to drop the plus-size rapper, he gave a half a**ed apology, claiming that he never used the word “rape” in the song, and that he doesn’t condone it. When that proved not to be enough, Reebok CEO Uli Becker heard the call of the people and decided it was in his company’s best interest to separate itself from Ross. So when asked about going their separate ways, Becker kept it really real, and said the following according to Footwear News:
“It’s unfortunate because he’s a great guy, he just has stupid advisors around him.”
Well, dang. While Ross has been tight-lipped about the whole situation since issuing a long, drawn-out apology a little too late, we know his MMG signee, Meek Mill, has been very outspoken about the way he felt Ross was treated by Becker and Reebok. In a recent interview with Civil TV, he compared the company’s axing of Ross and their continued profit from the controversy to a pimp and a prostitute. Yeah…
“F**k Reebok. We wear Puma’s. That’s what we do. We wear Puma’s. As far as the Rick Ross situation with Reebok, I just don’t approve of none of that. I don’t approve of no companies trying to dip and dab in our culture and then when you make a mistake they dip out on you. So, it’s like they still making money off of our brand.”
“I’m very against that. Ross is off of Reebok now, Reebok still gonna make money off of Ross. You know what I’m saying? Before Rick Ross and Swizz and Tyga, it was no Reebok. These companies they actually follow our culture and make money off of our culture and pay us like a pimp…And me, I’m against that. Any way you fire me, we gonna tear your Isht back down. Ain’t nobody wearing Reebok.”
Hmm, what do you think of Meek Mill’s comments, as well as the comments of Reebok CEO Uli Becker? Let us know if they’re talking nonsense or making interesting points to you below!
“DON’T DO THE DEW”: Family Of Emmett Till Wants Mountain Dew To Drop Lil Wayne For Comparing Till’s Death To Sex Act
I tell you, rappers and remixes are turning into an absolute fail these days. Before Rick Ross angered a great deal of people by casually rapping about date rape, way back in February, we told you about Lil Wayne pissing off the family of the late Emmett Till when he thought he was being clever, comparing the beating of Till to beating up a woman’s private parts. Here’s a reminder of what he said while doing a feature on the remix of the Future song, “Karate Chop.”
“Lil Wayne takes over the song around the third verse, and the line in question goes something like this: “Pop a lot of pain pills/Bout to put rims on my skateboard wheels/Beat that p***y up like Emmett Till/Yeah….”
Airicka Gordon-Taylor, who is the cousin of Till and director of the Mamie Till Mobley Memorial Foundation, spoke out against the lyrics and called them “dishonorable,” among many other things:
“We found it dishonorable to his name and what his death has meant to us as a people and as a culture. It was offensive not only to us, but to our ancestors and to women and to themselves as young, black men. I just couldn’t understand how you could compare the gateway of life to the brutality and punishment of death. And I feel as though they have no pride and no dignity as black men.”
Since, the rapper has not apologized, the Till family have told AllHipHop.com exclusively that they intend to pressure Lil Wayne’s sponsors, namely Mountain Dew.
Shortly, the Till Family are expected to make offensive moves forward to further address Wayne and Mountain Dew, a product of PepsiCo. A similar tactic by women’s group UltraViolet resulted in Reebok dropping Rick Ross from their campaign.
Beyonce is still catching a lot of shade from her Bow Down video — and the fact that she hasn’t released that “Grown Woman” track yet — but she’s not the only celebrity whose fans may be changing teams. These celebs have annoyed, harassed and stood up their fans for so long that they’re finally moving on.
If you’re sick to death of Keyshia’s mouth, you’re not alone. At a recent performance, Keyshia took shots at the audience when they didn’t clap loud enough and they took shots right back.
Here’s what one of Keyshia’s former fans had to say on Twitter:
“This Beyotch MAAAAAAD, the crowd wasn’t rockin hard w/ her she said “At ths point in my career if u not rockin w/ me u can get out” lmaooooo u not Jay-Z or Beyonce ppl ain’t rockin w/ EVERY song. ..Aye my tickets were free soooo umnmm I can say this “Keyshia a rat w/ money” lol her stage presence says “cheese please” lmaooo”
This on top of her Beyonce shade and hesitance to claim being just black are not bidding well for her future in the business.