Kanye West isn’t really having the best of luck with his music videos lately. Last week we found out that his latest “All of the Lights” video was pulled from Youtube for health hazards. Well…remember when Kanye’s “Monster” music video featuring Rick Ross, Jay Z, & Nicki Minaj leaked online back in December but then we never saw it again? Well, there’s a reason why!
Apparently the video was banned from MTV after the network responded to feminine activists activists Sharon Haywood and Melinda Tankard’s petition of 5,000 signatures from angry citizens voicing their outrage over the video clip. The petition claimed that the video showed women as only sexual objects and that violence against women as art is acceptable:
“The video features West, Jay-Z, Rick Ross, and Nikki Minaj surrounded by the “sexy” corpses of women in lingerie. Other women dangle from the ceiling by chains. Behind Jay-Z, a dead, naked woman lies with her mouth wide open, bluntly indicating her last act was a sexual one. Ross erotically eats a plate of raw meat from between a female corpse’s legs. And West practically rapes the dead bodies of two women in bed. The message of the video is pretty clear: women are sex objects and it can be erotic when they are killed in violent, sexual ways.
The mainstreaming of videos like this increases desensitized and callous attitudes toward violence against women,” said Reist, one of the campaign originators. “Young people are seeing images and absorbing harmful messages which glamorise misogyny and brutalise women. Women are reduced to sex-doll like playthings. So great is the level of desensitization that the barbaric treatment of women and girls is seen as normal and to be expected. We decided to run this campaign because we wanted to challenge the status quo.”
…Better luck with your next video Yeezy!