Following the premiere of "Surviving R. Kelly," Jada Pinkett has made it very clear which side of the argument she stands on. In a new video posted to Instagram, the Hollywood actress posted a powerful question to her followers:
"In the midst of the social justices that we are fighting in regards to police brutality, I questioned why sexual violence and emotional violence towards women in music was still so acceptable, and not just acceptable but actually celebrated. We don't celebrate police brutality in music. Usually when its talk about it's informative or through the lens of protest."
She then asks:
"So I'm just wondering, why is it so acceptable?"
'The Read' podcast Crissle offered up her thoughts on the issue, writing: "Because men ain't about to drop the misogyny any time soon."
Another follower wrote:
"I’ve said many times that people usually only speak up for THEMSELVES and what’s to their benefit but NOT for everyone. It’s why white feminist will speak out against marginalization but stay mute on the discrimination black women face when fighting for the same things. It’s why rappers will sing about police brutality and violence against POC because it directly affects them; but they’ll be conveniently quiet when black women are raped and abused.
Very few people fight for fair treatment for everyone, they usually fight for THEMSELVES to be treated fairly, even if it’s at the expense of others. Many oppressed groups are themselves oppressors to those they have power over. There aren’t many “pure” people who recognize that in fighting for better treatment it should be for ALL regardless of their religious, sexual orientation, race etc."
Even transracial figure Rachel Dolezal added her two cents, well - basically an essay:
"This country has a history of blind spots when it comes to justice movements. I think part of the problem is a lack of core understanding of what justice means and a failure to equitably apply that fundamental principle of justice to all. People like to pick and choose which injustices to fight or who they want to support or abandon. Sometimes this selective support of causes is based on ignorance of the full situation, sometimes it’s based on what’s trending or “the hype,” and sometimes it’s just what feels comfortable. The founding documents of the U.S. Constitution declared freedom for all, but in reality it was just for some. The early feminist movement declared liberty for all women, but it really only advocated for some women.
The Statue of Liberty is supposed to represent a country welcoming to immigrants...but some leaders in power only welcome immigrants from select countries and not others. Let’s not forget that many of the powerful women leaders of the civil rights movement (including the Black Panther Party) were not given equal leadership in the movement. Some were even physically or sexually assaulted by leaders of the movement but kept quiet about it, thinking that would protect the larger goals at hand. Hopefully with ongoing education, we can continue to expand our social understanding and capacity for compassion in ways that are truly inclusive and equal. Justice is justice. Injustice is injustice. We can’t pick and choose issues out of convenience or social media trends. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” ~MLK" she wrote.
Why do you think violence against women is revered in the music industry?