Bonfire of the Inanities
Because let’s be perfectly frank: [the Grammys are] the single most sexist, misogynist and abusive awards show of them all, celebrating many of the most sexist, misogynist and abusive people in an amoral industry of spectacular proportions.Like everyone else the Grammys were compelled to make their show a grim affair (I assume; I haven't watched it) about sexual harassment. But hip hop now dominates popular music and misogyny dominates hip hop. In years past the Grammys perhaps could have ignored them still, but black political advocacy is too powerful in the Current Year.
If you thought Hollywood’s bad, it’s got nothing on the record business, particularly in the worlds of hip-hop and rap.
Take Big Sean, a rapper whose lyrics are littered with misogynistic and homophobic material.
In the video for his single ‘I Don’t F*ck With You’, the Detroit rapper talks about ‘stupid ass b*tches.’
He collaborated last year on a song with Eminem which included lyrics about ‘urinating on Fergie’ and raping Conservative talk show host Ann Coulter ‘with a Klan poster, a lamp post, a door handle and a damn bolt cutter.’
He doesn’t just write about treating women badly, he acts on it too.
In 2011, Big Sean was arrested in New York for sexual abuse, unlawful imprisonment and forcible touching of a 17-year-old girl after a concert. Some charges were dropped after he accepted a guilty plea for unlawful imprisonment of the girl, a fan.
This would have led to him being banned from continuing to work in almost any other job.
But not the music industry.
This year, Big Sean was nominated for a Grammy.
Hip-hop and rap stars like him have made millions from writing music and making videos that depict women as prostitutes, sexual objects and ‘b*tches’.
One of the biggest winners last night night was Kendrick Lamar, whose most recent album is riddled with graphic sexually-charged lyrics and repeated references to ‘hoes’ and ‘b*tches’.
There are so few clean acts to nominate or perform the show has no choice but to engage in comic hypocrisy and hope no one notices.
And they get away with it. Sure, their ratings tank and a pall covers everything. Their compromise with decency in giving the award for Album of the Year to the good-natured Bruno Mars instead of critical, political and popular favorite Kendrick Lamar, a rapper-demagogue whose work is received like scripture by bumptious blacks, means they don't get off without catching a little flak at least. But, maybe, had Kendrick (as embarrassingly unrestrained as TaNehisi Coates) won things finally would have given under the weight of hypocrisy and people would have noticed. But that's the value of a declining audience.
Such as the Grammys aren't made for the old traditional white audience that still watches them (boomers won't get to age along with comfortable, unchanging institutions--not punishment enough perhaps, but bitter still). Being made for everyone else they're no really made for anyone. A case study in diversity, with Whitey cut out and still everyone else going away unhappy.
Black civil rights and feminism are both unchecked now and increasingly at odds as the two superpowers of the Coalition of the Fringes, perhaps with an eye toward a post-US endgame. Hip hop dominates black culture, and black masculinity dominates hip hop.
Where our cognitive dissonance goes is anyone's guess. I suspect pharmaceuticals help where a low IQ can't.
Brutish blacks dominate culture that views whites as inferior at the same time that whites are hounded for their supposed oppression of blacks. These things are not unrelated. These are levels of mass humiliation the old revolutionaries couldn't imagine.
But I don't think it ends well.