Broad Coalition Calls for WWPR-FM’s License for Airing Date Rape Rap
LOS ANGELES (April 8, 2013) – The Parents Television Council (PTC), along with Rap Rehab, Industry Ears, A Long Walk Home, and FAAN Mail are calling for an immediate suspension of the broadcast license of WWPR-FM Power 105 in New York City for airing a song by rapper Rick Ross called “U.O.E.N.O.” that infers drugging a woman and raping her.
WPPR-FM Power 105 leads the nation in commercial radio spins of “U.O.E.N.O.” and is one of the sponsors of the Rick Ross concert on Friday, April 12 at the Nassua Coliseum.
The song by rapper Rick Ross talks about “molly,” a slang term for a narcotic that is used to reduce inhibitions and promote feelings of euphoria and sexuality, in other words, a date-rape drug. The lyrics in question are as follows: “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.”
“We are calling for the FCC to immediately suspend WWPR-FM’s broadcast license for violating its public interest obligation by airing music that promotes date rape and drug use,” said PTC President Tim Winter. “Power 105 in New York is certainly not serving the public interest by airing this song. Ross’ recent tweet-delivered ‘apology’ rings hollow and sounds like a desperate attempt to maintain a paycheck. If he were truly sorry for his actions, he would insist that all radio stations cease any further airplay, he would call on his peers in the industry to cease any reference to ‘molly’ or date rape, and he would donate all proceeds from his record to rape victim service organizations.”
Rap Rehab Founder and PTC Advisory Board Member Paul Porter said, “I am sure that ‘date rape’ is unacceptable in the workplace for the more than 20,000 people that Clear Channel Communications employs. So that same standard should be applicable to the audience that Power 105 in New York is licensed to serve. Responsibility should have no boundaries.”
A Long Walk Home strongly condemns the lyrics of Rick Ross’s song “U.O.E.N.O.” “As a feminist organization committed to ending violence against all girls and women, we are deeply disturbed by his support of rape culture and the harmful messages it sends to young people who are disproportionately affected by sexual violence,” said Scheherazade Tillet and Salamishah Tillet, co-founders of A Long Walk Home, Inc., based in Chicago, IL.
For more information on the coalition and the Rap Rehab petition, see http://raprehab.com/
The Parents Television Council® (www.parentstv.org®) is a non-partisan education organization advocating responsible entertainment. It was founded in 1995 to ensure that children are not constantly assaulted by sex, violence and profanity on television and in other media. This national grassroots organization has more than 1.3 million members and 56 chapters across the United States, and works with television producers, broadcasters, networks and sponsors in an effort to stem the flow of harmful and negative messages targeted to children. The PTC™ also works with elected and appointed government officials to enforce broadcast decency standards. Most importantly, the PTC produces critical research and publications documenting the dramatic increase in sex, violence and profanity in entertainment. This information is provided free of charge so parents can make informed viewing choices for their own families.
Industry Ears is a consortium of entertainment and broadcast industry professionals with more than 60 years of experience dedicated to revealing truth and promoting justice in media.
Rap Rehab aims to reach young people to give the untold truth about how the music industry works.
Founded in 2003, A Long Walk Home, Inc. (ALWH) is a 501 (c) non-profit that uses art therapy and the visual and performing arts to end violence against girls and women. ALWH features the testimonies and art by survivors and their allies in order to provide safe and entertaining forums through which the public can learn about healing from and preventing gender violence.
FAAN Mail is a media literacy and activist project formed by women of color and based in Philadelphia.
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