New Year same old lame crap out of the Hip Hop industrial complex.
So Kanye West finally released another work of "art" the video for his song "Monster." As is his theme lately, everyone is out to get him. Poor Kanye West. Yeah yeah. Apparently he's concluded that since he has experienced tragedy he's entitled to engage in self-destructive and predatory behavior in perpetuity. We all know that an essential ingredient to "artistic expression" in hip hop is violence against women. What else is new?yeah yeah yeah.
You know what would be REVOLUTIONARY? If these vile little creatures could manage to be creative WITHOUT misogyny. Now THAT would truly be cutting edge. I won't display it on my blog but here is a still accompanied by a summary of the video. Yes, I took a still because surely some corporate entity is going to say "Hey, we're down with the whole misogyny thing you Hip Hop folks have got going on, but we feel its a bit MUCH."
- The video opens with the rotound Rick Ross lounging in a chair as women who have been lynched dangle lifelessly from their necks. I know that historical ignorance is a prerequisite for sucess in the modern rap world, but surely there was somebody over the age of two that might have said "Um hey. This kinda looks like a scene out of the Jim Crow south."
- We are next greeted by Mr. West engaged in an act of implied necrophilia, in bed with two dead women.
- Then Beyonce's drug dealing husband dancing in front of a naked dead woman in the background. NO. I'm. Not. Making. This. Up. These idiots actually made and distributed this video.
- Then Kanye West Is lounging against a wall holding a severed head. A Man's head? No. Of course not. Only women can be the objects of hip hop's violent rage.
- Oh wait. Its not all men. Theres Onikka or Nikki Minaj and she's there torturing someone. A man? OF COURSE NOT. Only women can be the objects of hip hop's violent rage.
- Then the video concludes with a dead woman falling across Kanye West's lap. I guess that's implied necrophiliac fellatio. The end.
And what was the media's response?
The Rolling Stone's Mathew Perpetua compared the video to Michael Jackson's thriller.
The video for Kanye West's latest single "Monster" is like the rapper's answer to Michael Jackson's classic video for "Thriller" — but instead of dancing zombies, he gives us undead, barely dressed and occasionally dismembered models.
Notice how the violence against women just rolls off of Mr. Pepetua's tongue. I guess he thinks they deserved it because they are models.
Really? Don't remember women being tortured and killed in Thriller.
For those who thought my necrophilia reference was a stretch, I'm not alone. The folks over at MTV noticed too:
West and company appear in some pretty gory scenes. 'Ye raps alongside a lifeless body, spitting the words to his rhymes while trying to romance a pasty corpse.
Simon Vozick-Levinson of Entertainment Weekly has a clue:
These are intentionally ghastly images, meant to disturb. In addition to being a fantastic posse cut, “Monster” is all about ugliness. West’s chorus proclaims that “Everybody knows I’m a motherf—ing monster.” Now you can see that metaphor played out quite literally. But to what end? Images of models who look like they’ve been murdered are nothing new in the fashion world. America’s Next Top Model centered a whole episode around this morbid theme in 2007, drawing deserved criticism from feminist commentators. Jezebel.com elaborated on“The Problem With Fashion’s Obsession With Death” (link contains NSFW images) over a year ago. Glamorizing violence against women this way as we enter 2011 isn’t just potentially pretty offensive to a lot of people — it’s played out and boring. I expect better from an artist as boundlessly creative as Kanye West.
YAAAAAWN! Kanye, we get it. You're a poor tortured soul and its all Taylor Swift's fault that you stormed on stage as a drunkard and broadcast your ignorance to the world. . blah blah blah. You need attention so you are intentionally courting controversy. Blah blah blah. poor Kanye.
As I stated in my Blackvoices piece, Kanye West, Heal Thyself, this is a man in crisis. He's in a death spiral at the end of which somebody is going to end up dead. Most likely a woman. This isn't "art" these are the public musings of a sociopath and y'all are too intoxicated by the cult of celebrity to realize it.
Sometimes art is art and sometimes art is a public expression of a sociopath's inner thoughts and a signal to RUN not walk in the opposite direction.
Just know that if a White male artist made a video with Black people dangling from ropes and chains from the ceiling ALL HELL WOULD BREAK LOOSE! No don't expect the civil rights industrial which has a long history of opposition to lynching to speak out about this. Afterall, only women are lynched in Kanye's video and apparently that's A-okay with some of y'all!
Happy Freaking New Year!