Breaking: People Are Still Trying to Make Other People Afraid of Rap Music

Breaking: People Are Still Trying to Make Other People Afraid of Rap Music

We heard this happened on Fox News today, but didn't believe it until we saw the above ourselves.

No, that's not Photoshopped. 

Fox News wants Americans to know people are still concerned about Rap Music, the scourge of the nation, something so utterly terrifying that even white guys from Seattle are starting to do it (and not just do it, but spread messages of tolerance in the form of corny—but no less tolerant—raps). 

At this point, maybe you're curious about which Americans are seeing rap music as a "problem." 

She was talking about Juan Williams, the guy who wrote an editorial today in the Wall Street Journal (a newspaper that ultimately shares overlords with Fox News), an editorial which basically comes down to this:

Now, half a century after the lyrical promise of that inspiring music and poetry, there is the inescapable and heartbreaking contrast with the malignant, self-aggrandizing rap songs that define today's most popular music. In Jay-Z's current hit, "Holy Grail," he sings about "psycho bitches" and uses the n-word seven times while bragging that he is "Living the life . . . Illest [n-word] alive."

Another top rapper, Lil Wayne, released a song in the spring with an obscenity in the title, using the n-word repeatedly and depicting himself as abusing "hoes" and "bitches." Similar examples abound in the rap-music world and have persisted for years with scarcely any complaint from today's civil-rights leaders.

Their failure to denounce these lyrics for the damage they do to poor and minority families—words celebrating tattooed thugs and sexually indiscriminate women as icons of "keeping it real"—is a sad reminder of how long it has been since the world heard the sweet music of the March on Washington.

In the very same column, Juan Williams notes Johnny Cash as a great music icon—Johnny Cash, who sang that he "shot a man in Reno just to watch him die" as he cultivated a pretty worldly drug problem. And mind you, this is Juan Williams, who was shitcanned from a gig with NPR because he said some racist shit about Muslims on Fox News. Who then found him a gig with, yes, Fox News.

The bottom line is this: People are going to keep trying to undermine rap music because they don't like the way rap music tries to undermine the status quo, and how it drives youth culture towards the truth, which isn't always pretty, or moderate, or easy to understand (no matter how much Rap Genius you read). To that end, keep reminding yourselves and everyone around you that soon, old people like Juan Williams will be dead—because they are old, is why—and will be replaced by a generation of older people who just think new rap sucks, as opposed to 'doesn't have a right to exist' or 'isn't worth understanding.' 

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