Too $horts faces dream hampton over that video

February 25, 2012

So if you weren’t hip to the story so far, Too \$hort and made and released an interview video of questionable taste (to say it mildly) that was supposed to be jokey advice for prepubescent boys on how to “turn little girls out” that advised them to “push her up against the wall or pull her up against you while you lean on the wall and…stick your finger in her underwear”. However, in light of statistics like that 44% of all American sexual assault victims were under the age of 18 at the time of the assault, it wasn’t so much funny than downright horrific. And horrific was the backlash for Too \$hort that he received via Facebook and Twitter, among of which accused him of being a misogynist and a pedophile. \$hort’s original apology was a boilerplate that read like it was written by a PR crisis team, and caused another outburst. This is where writer and filmmaker dream hampton came in, and backed by We Are The 44%, an activist group dedicated to combat rape culture, and a portfolio of statistics, she sits with \$hort and discusses he situation. The dialogue was posted on Ebony Online yesterday. The dialogue itself is quite a read. hampton doesn’t diminish the gravity of the situation, she hammers him with facts: “The number one danger that women who are serving face in the Army, the United States Army, is rape by other soldiers… by their own soldiers.” Or, “they say 1 in 4 girls are assaulted by the time they are eighteen”. Yet she stays evenhanded, giving \$hort just enough of an out to repent without having to shred his dignity: “We are going to do all that shit, we just want you to have our backs once in a while…We are creating these patterns and we can stop them. That’s the bottom line.” \$hort himself admits to doing the stuff he describes in the video, and that he is still learning and is willing to change. It goes beyond the original apology and We Are The 44% seems to be happy with what they’re hearing. Teachable moment, huh. It’ll be interesting to hear what the next album (presumably the one after No Trespassing) is going to sound like. Read More: Ebony Online

posted: February 25th, 2012, 8:05am


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