Why don’t pop and indie get slammed in the media like rap does? Why are boys allowed to fantasize about rape and allowed to tell girls they’ll “never stop trying” in other genres of music? It’s a poorly disguised form of racism. Predominantly black genres are criticized while the rest are excused or just ignored.
Robin Thicke recently copped heaps for his Blurred Lines – and rightly so – but as he was one of the first white men to really get called out on this publicly in recent history, we don’t think it’s enough.
Pink Floyd’s song: Don’t Leave Me Now reeks of misogyny.
Don’t leave me now.
How could you go?
When you know how I need you
To beat to a pulp on a Saturday night
Waters promised his fans that the lyrics had nothing to do with his personal life and that his relationship with his real ex-wife were “much more cordial”. This seemed to satisfy the public.
The Kooks Jackie Big Tits is appallingly misogynistic.
Jackie Big Tits, is hiding in the corner
Respect is the word she shouts, as I implore her
Speaks her mind not me, cause I was only speaking freely
Interrupt me once more, I’ll take you to the cleaners
The pattern of misogyny in indie rock, pop and country music being ignored and allowed by society just perpetuates the problem, and the preoccupation with rap’s sexism has caused the issue to become racist as well.
In order to fix the problem, we need to hold white artists to account just as much as any other.
Don’t let racism define sexism.