Wednesday, October 08, 2008

mini MICROPHONISCOPE: rewarding or reviling bad behaviour

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this post over at soulbounce got me thinking i should spend a few electronic breaths mentioning how difficult it is for me to patronise the musical stylings of some jackasses and then another one i'll barely blink an eye.

revile .... r. kelly, michael jackson, the guy from the who, that other guy who fled from police--gary glitter!

the only one on that list that i think created some decent music after their disgusting behaviour came to light was r. kelly, but he's also just put out some chauvanistic crap that i wouldn't have come down in support of before his appaling excuse for a sense of right and wrong became clear. MJ just makes noise post-scandal, and i'm just not interested in the other two.

reward ... i'm thinking mostly of folks who throw in one-liners in songs that either bash gays or degrade women, but ultimately act/speak positively. like talib kweli has a line or two that i can't gel with, but overall i think he's a genius. or like that that wale remix of solange ... he drops a line about how "sex sells" so "pussy" rappers are going gold. its a pun, so i'm sure he felt entitled to drop it, but it keeps up the practice of using the word "pussy" as an insult that both degrades women's junk and implies that men who act like a "pussy" (i.e. feminine) are less men. wale obviously didn't set all that oppressive energy down on paper when he wrote his pun, so i'll pardon him, but if i talked to him on a panel or an interview i'd lecture him until he was so sick of hearing me blab that he never said it again. actually i better own up to "rewarding" amy winehouse a bit too. i think she avoids the revile category because she just seems so messed up. anyone that far from their baseline doesn't get judged by their behaviour as harshly by me because the superego just can't take that shit, you've got no filters. not forgiven, but not reviled.

anyone else have any thoughts? check out the responses at soulbounce, they get some stuff out there that needs to be said.

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