Today, Bill Cosby is facing multiple counts of rape allegations from women who are stepping forward decades after the alleged crimes were committed.
As a result, NBC, TV Land and Netflix have all cut anything Cosby from their lineups, despite how there hasn’t been any physical evidence provided. Apparently, words matter.
In his case, anyway. Not so much when it comes to Maroon 5’s latest hit, “Animals,” which contains lyrics such as:
· “Baby, I’m preying on you tonight / Hunt you down, eat you alive / Just like animals”
· “Maybe you think that you can hide / I can smell your scent for miles”
· “It’s like we can’t stop. We’re enemies / But we get along when I’m inside you”
· “Yeah, you can start over. You can run free… / But you can’t stay away from me”
Complete with wolf-life howling and intentionally dark musical undercurrents, the song comes across as some ex-boyfriend who can’t get over the fact that it’s over. In other words, he sounds like a stalker.
If you think I’m reading into things with conservative-girl melodrama, check out the music video. which takes those strong stalker implications and flat-out embraces them. Lead singer Adam Levine stalks a girl, enters her bedroom while she sleeps, lies in bed with her and fantasizes about them having sex… sometimes drenched in blood.
I kid you not. Yet “Animals” is played incessantly on the radio. And that music video? It’s been viewed over 54 million times. I haven’t heard a peep of protest about it, despite what it’s blatantly glorifying.
Then rapper Eminem puts out a new track where he tells female rapper Iggy Azalea, “Put that sh*t away, Iggy / You don’t wanna blow that rape whistle on me.”
Considering Eminem’s history of verbally abusing women in his lyrics, this latest round isn’t all that much of a surprise. But isn’t that a bad thing in and of itself? Shouldn’t we appalled?
Yet we’re not. Listening to one radio station this morning, I caught a prominent DJ shrugging the disgusting reference off entirely. “I’m not saying it’s right or wrong…” he hedged, basically ending with “But it’s really no big deal since this is just his MO.
Ummm… Say what? We can’t even admit that it’s wrong to tell a woman you’re going to rape her and she can’t do a single thing about it?
Apparently not. So apparently Eminem is going to keep getting airtime right alongside Maroon 5.
Just not Bill Cosby.
I get how saying and doing are two different things. I get freedom of speech vs. criminal behavior.
But words do matter nonetheless. And when influential individuals are verbally promoting vile behavior, it will easily end up affecting society in ways that are far from beneficial.