By this point, everyone has seen it. The “powerful” and “inspiring” new commercial from Dove.
I saw it and–like everyone else–was moved. But not in the direction Dove wanted me to be.
Since someone has already summed up exactly how I feel about this, here is her article on the subject:
“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.”
Thank you! THAT is a good apology, and a well-warranted one, to say the least.
Rick Ross was recently dropped from his contract with Reebok over his lyrics in the song, “U.O.E.N.O.” in which he drugs a woman and has sex with her while unconscious (& obviously without consent):
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
Additional Resources: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/13/arts/music/reebok-drops-rick-ross-after-social-media-protest.html?pagewanted=all