September 30, 2013


Danny Brown a Feminist? "Hell Yea"

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Roger Kisby/WireImage

No, you're not going blind/delusional—you read that headline correctly. 

During a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" session on Monday, Danny Brown revealed a load of notable tidbits, including his dream collabo (Eminem) and favorite rappers (Kendrick Lamar, Chief Keef), movie (Pulp Fiction), indie bands (Sufjan Stevens, Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, St Vincent). There was even a gruesome story about Detroit involving a domestic dispute, a shotgun and a women's dispersed toes. Then a fan asked, "Do you consider yourself a feminist?" His answer: "Hell yea."

And this coming from the same zany rhymer who was embroiled in a controversy last spring after receiving an onstage blow job in Minneapolis. Speaking of which... another Redditor asked, "What do you really feel like was the public's issue with you getting your dick sucked on stage?" The answer: "I think they was mad at the fact that I'm so sexy I got chicks willing to do those type of things."

Far, far, far away, on the opposite coast of Feminism Island, is Lauren Mayberry, singer for Scottish electro-pop outfit (and Fuse faves) CHVRCHES. She penned an editorial for The Guardian taking aim at online misogynists, which, as the manager of the band's Facebook profile, she deals with on a daily basis. 

The piece points to a screen grab of an inappropriate message the band posted on FB last week. It went on to reach 581,376 people, "over five times the number of people who subscribe to the page itself," she writes," and received almost 1,000 comments, many of those were very misogynistic. Examples given include...

  • "This isn't rape culture. You'll know rape culture when I'm raping you, bitch"
  • "I have your address and I will come round to your house and give u anal and you will love it you twat lol"
  • "Act like a slut, getting treated like a sluy [sic]"
  • "It's just one of those things you'll need to learn to deal with. If you're easily offended, then maybe the music industry isn't for you"

"But why should women 'deal' with this?" she wrote. "I am incredibly lucky to be doing the job I am doing at the moment – and painfully aware of the fact that I would not be able to make music for a living without people on the internet caring about our band. But does that mean that I need to accept that it's OK for people to make comments like this, because that's how women in my position are spoken to?

"Is the casual objectification of women so commonplace that we should all just suck it up, roll over and accept defeat? I hope not. Objectification, whatever its form, is not something anyone should have to 'just deal with.'"

She continued, "During this past tour, I am embarrassed to admit that I have had more than one prolonged toilet cry and a 'Come on, get a hold of yourself, you got this' conversation with myself in a bathroom mirror when particularly exasperated and tired out. 

"But then, after all the sniffling had ceased, I asked myself: why should I cry about this? Why should I feel violated, uncomfortable and demeaned? Why should we all keep quiet?"

You go, girl.