Nov 07, 2011 @ 12:40 pm | By TheFeministGriote | 5 Comments
I am sure most of you have heard of the horror-core group Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All (lovely name by the way) or OFWGKTA for short. If you haven’t heard of them lucky for you remain untainted if you can. This group is best known for its leader Tyler the Creator who is unabashedly homophobic in his lyrics and uses rape references one too many times for my taste. Then there is the more famous other guy in the group Frank Ocean whose mixtape, “Nostalgia Ultra” that is actually good. “Odd Future” represents a fringe subculture within hip-hop. I am not into shock rap. I was never an Eminem fan for this very reason, I can’t listen to a man talk about killing his mother and the mother of his child. That is not music or entertainment to me. With that said, “Odd Future” makes Eminem looks like Mister Rogers at this point.
I never felt the need to write about “Odd Future” because to me they were a non-factor. I thought they were a fad that would have fizzled out by now. This past weekend, I had the misfortune of watching the video “Cocaine” by the only woman member of the group whose name is Syd tha Kid. Watching the video made me realize whether they’re a passing fad they’re dangerous! The music video starts off very innocently (feel free to google the video I refuse to post that filth on my feminist friendly site) two teenage lesbians at a carnival. A carnival, that is a cute safe place for a date. The two girls play carnival games, ride the carnival rides, and then its turns sinister. The teenage girls do a line of coke and then pop a pill. Then we see the girls in their drug induced state. At the end of the video Syd the Kid shoves the girl out of her car because she is unconscious and leaves her in the parking lot on the dirt. You are left to wonder will someone help the girl who is unconscious or worse will someone help themselves to the girl?
There are several things wrong with the video. It is a schmoregesborg of foolishness! Female sexuality is used to promote innocence and draw you into watching the video. The song is horrible, but the visual is interesting and you want to see where it goes. You find out that there is no innocence there at all it was bait and you have officially fallen for the okie doke. As a feminist I have watched many videos that have made me cringe, that objectified women, and treated women like commodities. But I have never seen a video by a male artist who threw a woman away literally like she was trash. Syd tha Kid offers us a visual that leaves no ambiguity. She throws her date away like because who wants a potential corpse around that’s no fun. Patriarchy is so pervasive and so common that some lesbians now think that appropriating male chauvinist behavior is okay.
Syd tha Kid runs with a misogynist group of men therefore, I don’t expect her to be a card carrying member of the feminist movement. I do expect however her being Black, a woman, and lesbian a triple minority to be a little bit more aware of the plight of women in a male dominated society. The lines are now getting blurry. “Art is imitating life,” not only do some men hate women now there are some lesbians who hate women, but sleep with women.When does the cycle of woman-hating stop?
At some point we must stop blaming the music and the artist. Music is a mirror of society. There is an entire generation of women who love women who think it is okay to call women bitches, abuse them, and disrespect them. They learn this behavior from the men in their lives, men in pop-culture, and from the women in their lives who acquiesce to the rules of patriarchy. As long as women buy into patriarchy, patriarchy will always exist.
Last night BET aired Black Girls Rock and the overarching theme that was touched upon was the importance of sisterhood. As women we can’t allow ourselves to be silenced or erased. Violence against women is not “cool” its not “dope.” There is nothing artistic about throwing a woman away like trash. As women we know each other’s struggle. Rape culture is real. The visual of Syd tha Kid throwing her date unto to the floor speaks volumes of how we discredit, discount, and dispose of women so easily in our society.
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