Should Reebok Drop Rick Ross For Lyrical Content? [HotTopicTuesday]
In New York City, a women’s right group called ‘UltraViolet’ is protesting in front of the Manhattan Flagship Reebok Store pressuring them to drop Rick Ross as their spokes person.
UltraViolet as well as other rape survivor groups are saying that Reebok is promoting rape because they didn’t drop Rick Ross yet. This UltraViolet group has over 400,000 members and they have already received over 72,000 signatures on the petition to drop Rick Ross from the Reebok endorsement deal.
UltraViolet has written a letter to Reebok and in the letter they state:
“When one in five women will be the victim of completed or attempted rape, this is dangerous and it has real-life consequences. Your silence on this issue is unacceptable. It’s time you took a stand against rape and drop Rick Ross as a spokesman.”
Rick Ross is in this heat because of a line in the Rocko's song “U.O.E.N.O”.
(Click here to hear that song.) The controversial lyrics are:
“Put Molly all in her champagne, she ain’t even know it,
I took her home and I enjoyed that, she ain't even know it...”
Rick Ross has recently responded on twitter saying:
"I dont condone rape. Apologies for the #lyric interpreted as rape. #BOSS"
Reebok has yet to speak on the situation.
Here is what the protesters said:
Also, rapper Talib Kweli chimes in about the Rick Ross lyrics with this: