If You’re Going To #AskThicke, Ask These Rappers, Too

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I’m not crazy about Robin Thicke, but I find him borderline delightful in comparison to the gutless progressive liberals who condemn him for supposedly promoting rape while they simultaneously ignore lyrics from black artists that are far closer to an endorsement of coercive sex than anything written in “Blurred Lines.” Recently Thicke made the critical error of inviting Twitter users to partake in a Q&A session, and the response was overwhelmingly negative, with several content-aggregation sites compiling lists of the best “You’re a rapist” jokes that the #AskThicke hashtag has produced.

It got me thinking. If including the words “I know you want it” in a song titled “Blurred Lines” is enough to earn the collective scorn of half the Internet, why aren’t the following artists currently having their public executions petitioned for on Change.org?

“Fucked my first bitch, passed her to my nigga.”
YG, “My Nigga”

Sure, YG doesn’t explicitly state that he and his friend lost their virginity in what was effectively a gang rape in “My Nigga,” but since implication is enough to spark a witch hunt these days, I’d say it’s safe to assume that once he was done fucking his first bitch, the issue of whether or not she wanted to be passed to his nigga wasn’t exactly paramount among his concerns.

“Put Molly all in her champagne, she ain’t even know it. I took her home and I enjoyed that, she ain’t even know it.”
—Rick Ross, “U.O.E.N.O.”

Yes, I’m aware that Rick Ross caught a lot of shit for this not-so-subtle reference to date rape in last year’s “U.O.E.N.O.” and was even dropped as Reebok’s spokesman as a result. That doesn’t change the fact that the outrage stemming from his indiscretion was nothing compared to the shit storm that “Blurred Lines” created. Need proof? Googling “UOENO feminism” yields just over 20,000 results, while Googling “Blurred Lines feminism” yields 347,000. Rick Ross wins, liberal consistency loses.

“Don’t test me, no tester, I rape you, like Chester.”
Gucci Mane, “Mouth Full of Gold”

Yeah yeah, he meant it figuratively; he wasn’t actually referring to raping women, but rather to dominating his opponents in the musical and drug-dealing arenas. I’ll keep that in mind the next time I feel like throwing the word around and I’m looking for a socially acceptable context in which to do so.

“Keep that bitch locked up in my storage
Rape her and record it, then edit it with more shit.”
—Tyler the Creator, “French”

Yeah, yeah, he meant it ironically. Anyone who can actually explain with a straight face why one artist deserves to be slammed for writing a song that could be interpreted as rape-y, as rape-esque, as rape-flavored—while defending another artist for openly endorsing the act of rape—should either be given some kind of comedy award for deadpan delivery or have their fucking head examined.

“See whore, you’re the kind of girl that I’d assault and rape, then figure why not try to make your pussy wider?
Eminem, “Stay Wide Awake”

Not technically a black guy, but he has enough respect and accolades from prominent blacks to be considered black-by-proxy, plus his position on this list is useful in case any of you are thinking that it’s somehow not hypocritical to avoid criticizing black artists in the same way you would Robin Thicke because of historical racial oppression and so forth. Have a super day! Thought Catalog Logo Mark

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