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
This is the infamous “date rape” lyric that has gotten Rick Ross in a bit of controversy lately. It has prompted a petition calling for Ross to apologize for the lyric, as well as Reebok being pressured to drop Ross from their endorsement deal.
After increasing backlash in response to the lyric, Ross attempted to clarify the lyrics, saying he was misinterpreted:
I want to make sure this is clear, that woman is the most precious gift known to man, you understand? It was a misunderstanding with a lyric, a misinterpretation where the term rape wasn’t used. I would never use the term rape. As far as my camp, hip hop don’t condone that. The streets don’t condone that. Nobody condones that. So I wanted to reach out to all the queens that’s on my timeline, all the sexy ladies, the beautiful ladies that have been reaching out to me with the misunderstanding. We don’t condone rape and I’m not with that.
Ross also made an additional statement to NYC’s Funk Flex.
The definitive response to the lyric was given by an astute commentator on Rap-Up.com
So either he is saying it’s not rape unless you call it rape or he doesn’t fully understand what rape is. Either way that was a wack ass apology. Misunderstanding? How is drugging someone and having sex with them without their knowledge not rape? It’s so sad how some men don’t fully understand (or acknowledge) what rape is.
On April 4, 2013 after a Drop Rick Ross from Reebok petition was started by UltraViolet (a woman’s rights group), Rick Ross tweeted an apology reiterating the fact that he does not condone rape.
On April 11, Reebok dropped Ross from their endorsement deal, stating:
Reebok holds our partners to a high standard, and we expect them to live up to the values of our brand. Unfortunately, Rick Ross has failed to do so. While we do not believe that Rick Ross condones sexual assault, we are very disappointed he has yet to display an understanding of the seriousness of this issue or an appropriate level of remorse.
UltraViolet, the women’s rights group that propelled the Drop Rick Ross campaign reacted to the news as well.
The day after being dropped from Reebok, Ross once again issued another apology:
Before I am an artist, I am a father, a son, and a brother to some of the most cherished women in the world. So for me to suggest in any way that harm and violation be brought to a woman is one of my biggest mistakes and regrets. As an artist, one of the most liberating things is being able to paint pictures with my words. But with that comes a great responsibility. And most recently, my choice of words was not only offensive, it does not reflect my true heart. And for this, I apologize. To every woman that has felt the sting of abuse, I apologize. I recognize that as an artist I have a voice and with that, the power of influence. To the young men who listen to my music, please know that using a substance to rob a woman of her right to make a choice is not only a crime, it’s wrong and I do not encourage it. To my fans, I also apologize if I have disappointed you. I can only hope that this sparks a healthy dialogue and that I can contribute to it.
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