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I hate them record scratch assed moments when I have to rethink whether or not to deal with an artist. Or whether I will be able to listen to them the same way after I heard them say something bugged out with regard to women, Black people or Black women.
I saw the videos this morning of Jay Electronica surveying his audience during his shows asking whether "All Women Liked to Be Choked" during sex (@00:20 sec). Please note that in this clip he does say that he "didn't say that all women liked being choked during sex, some women do."
I couldn't help but think, man listen, here goes another Clipse-esque "Tree Huggin Ass Bitch " moment. The context is that I use to be a huge Clipse fan until I realized that they were calling me a "tree hugging ass bitch." I still bump them from time to time, but it ain't the same.
With regard to Jay Electronica, the issue isn't the fact that he is discussing sex that involves erotic asphyxiation, or grabbing or smacking. Get it how you live. Sex on mutually agreed upon terms between two adults is what the streets want.
The issue is that when he asks "Do All Women Like Being Choked" question over and over again at different concerts, along with making statements like "You know what that means there's a lot of women in Seattle getting choked against they will..[crowd laughter] " he is contributing to an environment that renders sexual violence as normal, an environment that already blames women for being sexually assaulted, a sexual ecosystem where 60% of sexual assaults are not reported to police, a sexual ecosystem where every 2 minutes someone is sexual assaulted.
The issue is the silencing the woman in this video (@3:25 sec ) who tells him "It's not funny." He responds saying "We know its not funny. Relax" and then commands the crowd to repeat after him. Peace to her for speaking up. She is a #bravebear.
There is a woman who said she no longer felt safe after one of the "Do All Women Like Being Choked" incidences, and left the show.
There were rape victims in the audience. They are everywhere. How did they feel?
Mr. Fantastic pointed out that Jay mentioned choking women in a freestyle on a mixtape, I haven't heard it, so if you have a link, please leave it.
He is also "surveying" here at a performance at the Hiro ballroom in NYC last July.
@afrolicious and I use Exhibit C'ing as a verb. As in I will Exhibit C you. As in where is that art that you keep talking about producing? Get to it.
Artist have the power to change the world because people listen closely to what that they say, this is why they are influential.
For that reason I listen closely to what artists say.
What do you think of the video?
Isn't a bet around whether women like to get choked during sex rather odd?