Akon’s assault

posted at 9:21 am on May 2, 2007 by Bryan

Rap sensation Akon assaults a 15-year-old girl on stage. Michelle wonders: Where is the outrage?

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“If they didn’t hear it, it probably didn’t happen.” – DOn Imus, 1970′s aircheck, refering to NBC executives, his (then) employers.

If Al Sharpton, Hillary, et al, didn’t see it, it probably didn’t happen.

It’s just multiculturalism!

Wander on May 2, 2007 at 9:34 AM

I agree with everything in MM’s Vent except her reference to the media comments about this jerk. #1 – Like movie ads, much of this can potentially be taken out of context. #2 – I’m GUESSING these comments about his music were made prior to this incident in Trinidad.

Should these same media outlets be covering this story? Absolutely. But I’m not holding my breath.

asc85 on May 2, 2007 at 9:41 AM

Clearly disturbing, but what was the point of showing the videos (at length and language) ? Are we supposed to be surprised at the rampant hypocrisy and empty statements by the likes of Hillary?
Is anyone really shocked! anymore?
Outraged!??

Sorry, but this vent played more like a promo, and added to his 15 minutes.

Tru2my2 on May 2, 2007 at 9:43 AM

On first viewing it appears that Dana is all into this. But I think she is just hanging on for dear life. What a disgusting display and with a minor no less.

Why is it minority communities champion scum like Akon and M&M, while villinizing responsible people like Bill Cosby and President Bush? Then we have idiots like Al Sharpton making broad sweeping statements like “the black community” suggesting that the majority of blacks are a monolithic group. Is it any wonder why people outside of the black community generalize blacks in many different ways? And not only in negative ways. I still have the image of a black moms or grandmoms being a tough disciplinarian that would just as soon smack a disobediant child in a public place as look at him. I respect that and I get really angry when I see storys like the one with the 2 toddlers who were giving pot by their uncle. Now the judge can’t find a suitable relative in the entire family to put the kids with.

Give me a Morgan Freeman or Laura Bush over a Jesse or Hillary all day long.

csdeven on May 2, 2007 at 9:46 AM

Sorry, but this vent played more like a promo, and added to his 15 minutes.

Tru2my2 on May 2, 2007 at 9:43 AM

I understand where you’re coming from. I would never expect this kind of gratuitous display for one persons benefit, but I have NEVER seen anything like this outside of a pron movie, so for me, it was useful.

Admittedly, now that I’ve seen it, I’ll take your view from now on, having “been there, done that”.

csdeven on May 2, 2007 at 9:50 AM

It’s just multiculturalism!

Saying that we should just expect black men not to be able to control their sexual urges (in the presence of ‘uncovered meat’?) sounds awfully like something straight out of a Klan pamphlet. But then again, so does expecting them not to be able to speak standard English (and that any who do manage to do so are ‘acting white’), take ‘OPP’ at every opportunity, and refuse to cooperate with the police to investigate such crimes committed by others.

I get so confused trying to keep this all straight. What happened to the idea that ethnic background doesn’t dictate behavior? You remember Dr. King’s dream about content of character? Now it’s a nightmare.

The Monster on May 2, 2007 at 9:51 AM

….and this “story” is several weeks old, past it’s ‘use-by’ date.
Again, what is the point??

Tru2my2 on May 2, 2007 at 10:02 AM

I’m glad MM played it uncensored. My kids tell me about these songs when they come out, because I usually ask them, “What kind of crap is popular this week?” My son told me about Acorn’s song “I Wanna F*ck You,” but I hadn’t taken the time to actually check it out. I saw the video above on Laura Ingraham’s site last week and didn’t expect it to get much press because the guy’s a black fiend who rakes in millions and no one’s gonna touch that.

Maybe Acorn can be tricked into performing in Saudi Arabia or Iran, and then we can wipe our hands of him and actually have something to thank the Islamists about. Not holding my breath …

Drum on May 2, 2007 at 10:09 AM

You remember Dr. King’s dream about content of character? Now it’s a nightmare.

Exactly. Multicultis thrive on disunity in the name of a magical unity that’s supposed to arise out of diversity. Fancy logic, that. Yesterday’s post on Rage Against the Machine was not shocking because you can hear that type of thing on Pacifica Radio in Los Angeles or Democracy Now! most any day. I’ve been wanting to send the Acorn story to Amy Goodman to see what she does with it, but alas, I know what she’d do with it: she’d shove it in the “They’re only poor helpless Negroes who don’t know any better and who are only reacting to the suffering they experience from The Man” file, and then she’d call Howard Zinn for coffee and maybe a massage.

Drum on May 2, 2007 at 10:17 AM

“His Islamic faith”?? You gotta be kidding me.

flipflop on May 2, 2007 at 10:18 AM

“His Islamic faith”?? You gotta be kidding me.

Of course. It’s either that or the ubiquitous, “Shout out to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!” Thanking God or Allah or Russell Simmons is the rap and hip-hop world’s equivalent of carbon offsets.

Drum on May 2, 2007 at 10:29 AM

Absolutely Disgusting!!!! Someone should have kicked him in the head to get him off of her.That girl will be scarred for life.
Where are all the islamists that will condemn this sort of behavior?……..*crickets* *crickets*
Guess its ok as long as its an infidel thats being brutalized and he is paying his dues(monetary) to the mosque on time.He is a filthy filthy pig.

spazzmomma on May 2, 2007 at 10:36 AM

At least he didn’t call her a nappy headed ho. Now that would be aweful.

roninacreage on May 2, 2007 at 10:39 AM

Its his art so its ok…..

(Isn’t that what some rappers are claiming?)

Where are all the islamists that will condemn this sort of behavior?……..*crickets* *crickets*
Guess its ok as long as its an infidel thats being brutalized and he is paying his dues(monetary) to the mosque on time.He is a filthy filthy pig.

spazzmomma on May 2, 2007 at 10:36 AM

According to the Koran I think its really is *ok* as long as she’s an infidel. And plus she’s over 9 years old (and uncovered meat to boot).

CrazyFool on May 2, 2007 at 11:05 AM

That was a hard hitting Vent Michelle. Something that needed to aired.

Mr. Akon’s behavior and lyrics are more caveman-ish than thoughtful or entertaining. It’s obvious he’s not much of a man. I wonder what the mullah’s in Iran or Somalia or Saudi Arabia would do to him after his animalistic display?

Zorro on May 2, 2007 at 11:09 AM

The thing is, not only is Akon a Muslim with “3 wives,” but his father was a Muslim with several wives, who had Akon’s mother give birth to him here–he’s an anchor baby! And he wasn’t raised here (he was raised in Senegal). As I wrote, finalists on American Idol have been kicked off for a lot less than the crimes he’s committed.

Debbie Schlussel on May 2, 2007 at 11:25 AM

Wasn’t it suppose to be a dance contest where the winner gets a trip to Africa? Then when Danah won Akon said he was Africa.

Drtuddle on May 2, 2007 at 11:27 AM

Channeling satan! Yes. That’s the ticket.

And maybe funneling big bucks. “All bow down to worship ka-ching & bling!”

Stop the bucks and satan whithers. But the heathens love their addictions much too much to stop.

And as for the trinidad police bringing this pig to justice?

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

“All bow down to worship ka-ching & bling!”

locomotivebreath1901 on May 2, 2007 at 11:55 AM

ohmyword. I’m sick after watching this video. What a pig. P.I.G. that guy is. Why on earth do women listen and participate in these videos?? The only way it’s going to end is when the it doesn’t produce money. Who lets their kids buy/listen to this trash?

Leiren on May 2, 2007 at 12:46 PM

I can’t understand how there are allegedly 6 billion people in the world and yet the entertainment industry feels the need to recycle these losers (I’m lookin’ at you, Whoopi).

Ice “No Vaseline” Cube, formerly of Niggaz with Attitude (“F**k tha Police”) is now starring as head of “America’s Favorite Family” in Are We Done Yet? and taking roles that even Steve Martin would turn down. Ice-T (“Cop Killer”) plays a detective on “Law and Order: SVU.” And yes, it does trickle down to the kids, as Mr. Cube promotes his movie on Nickelodeon. More on my blog here if’n you care.

Like I said above, I don’t get how this is the very best that the media megacorps can do. I wonder how far I’d get with “You Can’t Fade Me” on my resume: See the booty and the front was all in place/But the girl had the pitbull face…And hold your big fat butt steady/Cause yo hoe I got the paper bag ready/Nine months later she’s ready to drop the load/And everybody in the hood already knows/…I’m thinking to myself why did I bang her/Now I’m in the closet looking for the hanger.

Oh, wait, it’s social commentary? Nevermind.

saint kansas on May 2, 2007 at 12:54 PM

Sure wished a Preacher’s daughter wouldn’t have dressed that way. Lesson to all those 14 year old girls who think they know better. There are predators just waiting. Another bad consequence to idol worship.

Drtuddle on May 2, 2007 at 1:20 PM

ohmyword. I’m sick after watching this video. What a pig. P.I.G. that guy is. Why on earth do women listen and participate in these videos?? The only way it’s going to end is when the it doesn’t produce money.

Leiren on May 2, 2007 at 12:46 PM

I think you partially answer your own question. It’s about the money and the fame. There was some truth in Snoop Dogg’s comment about the Imus affair. To paraphrase, he sings about women being hos because they act like whores. They do disgusting, outrageous acts for the opportunity to be next to the rappers. Google superhead.

I think the problem is a lack of a daddy.

Bill C on May 2, 2007 at 3:15 PM

They said the same thing about Elvis.

If this is a barometer to the future, then we haven’t seen the worst yet.

Kini on May 2, 2007 at 4:00 PM

Heh, how old are you people that this is shocking? This is nothing new, its maybe a little bit worse than when I went to high school(late nineties into early 2000′s). And yes I’d like to see it become unpopular, before I get asked that question. I’m just surprised how shocked some of you are by this.

Bad Candy on May 2, 2007 at 4:15 PM

There was some truth in Snoop Dogg’s comment about the Imus affair. To paraphrase, he sings about women being hos because they act like whores. They do disgusting, outrageous acts for the opportunity to be next to the rappers.

I’m guessing he doesn’t lose much sleep over this. Where’s Al Sharpton when we really need him?

manwithblackhat on May 2, 2007 at 4:44 PM

MICHELLE IS RIGHT TO HIGHLIGHT THIS>>>>>BUT MAY I ADD>>>

The “victim” didn’t look like she was fighting it all that hard….I mean, technically, she may have been smaller, but her arms were rapped around his neck>>>>>HARDLY beating him off.

I just think she was a preacher’s daughter who got caught in the choir loft…so to speak…Nobody MADE her go to a wholly inappropriate venue.

“Tricked into a dance contest.”

PAH-lllleeeeeez. I was fifteen once and that would have sounded like a lame excuse to me even THEN…

seejanemom on May 2, 2007 at 4:48 PM

“rapped” IS funny…considering…but ‘W”rapped would be the proper spelling. My bad.

seejanemom on May 2, 2007 at 4:49 PM

I’m just surprised how shocked some of you are by this.

I understand, because that was my reaction as well.

The really frightening realization is that a person my age isn’t at all shocked. A steady diet of pop culture has made me pretty much shock-proof — although I’m sure there’s some screenwriter out there trying his hardest to come up with something.

saint kansas on May 2, 2007 at 6:29 PM

Of course. It’s either that or the ubiquitous, “Shout out to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!” Thanking God or Allah or Russell Simmons is the rap and hip-hop world’s equivalent of carbon offsets.

Drum on May 2, 2007 at 10:29 AM

Amen!

By the way, this story has been on MediaTakeOut.com for a while now. The comments there are rather interesting.

SouthernGent on May 2, 2007 at 6:50 PM

Where are honora and Nonfactor to explain this away? Like this is just his “culture” or that white people are the cause of this somehow.

By the way Michelle, I wished you’d mentioned just how much time Akon has done in the joint. I believe it’s roughly 20% of his life. He’s 25, and I’m pretty sure he’s done 5 years, 3 of which were for (as you mentioned) grand theft auto, the others for armed robbery and drug dealing.

I suspect Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson will be marching outside of Akon’s label’s offices tomorrow, demanding heads roll. (/sarcasm)

RightWinged on May 2, 2007 at 7:06 PM

Great Vent Michelle!

This vent gives documented proof to a double standard so effectively promoted by the Left and the MSM: Whites are held to such a such strict standard that they are persecuted unmercifully on marginal accusations (Duke), while blacks are held to a standard so permissive that they can engage in public sexual assault that is video taped and the MSM and Left does not even mention a word.

When will such double standards change? As long as the Left retains significant power not in my lifetime.

omegaram on May 2, 2007 at 7:17 PM

Where are honora and Nonfactor to explain this away? Like this is just his “culture” or that white people are the cause of this somehow. RightWinged on May 2, 2007 at 7:06 PM

Perhaps because they don’t feel that way?

My personal take is this is more a reflection on the parents who allowed their kids to purchase and listen to this music and to let them go to a concert…. incredible and inexcusable. Parents control the money and hence the market for much of what their kids get. All the moral arguments aside I think that has little less impact than the purse strings.

In addition to being very conscious of what they bought or listened to the trick I used with my kids was to repeat out loud the words of songs coming across the radio that were offensive. I’d adlib and make the song sound really dumb, and kind of ruined the song for them.
Of course we talked a lot about how women are portrayed in music, tv and movies and how they should conduct themselves and counter the pressures out there but a sense of humor helps from time to time as well.
All three kids made it to adult hood pretty unscathed (and that’s with them in public school the entire time).

Bradky on May 2, 2007 at 7:41 PM

This Akon guy is trash. When will the Pharisees in the media industry stop pouring money into reprobates like him? This isn’t about black or white, it’s about green, money.

Mojave Mark on May 2, 2007 at 8:04 PM

Is this the latest no talent ass clown who puts nursery rhymes to stolen beats?

Perhaps we could aim a W88 at his next gig.

WIN/WIN

Metro on May 2, 2007 at 9:23 PM

Is this the latest no talent ass clown who puts nursery rhymes to stolen beats?

Perhaps we could aim a W88 at his next gig.

WIN/WIN

Metro on May 2, 2007 at 9:23 PM

What a thug. Why hasn’t Trinidad asked for his arrest and extradition? Is dry-humping assault legal in Trinidad?

At first, I was a bit shocked that Michelle showed this clip, but I think Michelle did everything correctly in order to do the right thing. Some of us don’t know that this crap is out there, and we should. She warned us that it was going to be hideous, and, had I chosen, I could have had plenty of time to turn it off had I not wanted to see it. Shock having worn off, I’m angry that this guy is free. Words alone wouldn’t have had the same effect.

flutejpl on May 2, 2007 at 10:19 PM

By the way Michelle, I wished you’d mentioned just how much time Akon has done in the joint. I believe it’s roughly 20% of his life. He’s 25, and I’m pretty sure he’s done 5 years, 3 of which were for (as you mentioned) grand theft auto, the others for armed robbery and drug dealing.

RightWinged on May 2, 2007 at 7:06 PM

RW:
I mentioned that in my column from 2 weeks ago on Akon. Check it out.

Debbie Schlussel on May 2, 2007 at 10:31 PM

The “victim” didn’t look like she was fighting it all that hard….I mean, technically, she may have been smaller, but her arms were rapped around his neck>>>>>HARDLY beating him off.

I just think she was a preacher’s daughter who got caught in the choir loft…so to speak…Nobody MADE her go to a wholly inappropriate venue.

seejanemom on May 2, 2007 at 4:48 PM

As someone who has been attacked myself (not quite as dramatic as this instance, and not as long, and no penetration), I sympathize with her. Unlike the Duke Lacrosse case, I think we can pretty clearly say an attack happened here, one way or another. Even if she were willing, she’s only 15! I’m not upset with you for saying what you said; I just happen to understand it in a different and hopefully uncommon way.

I’ll share my story to prove my point: just because it doesn’t look like she’s fighting doesn’t mean that she’s consenting. I’d guess her arms are around his neck just so that she can keep her own head safe while she’s getting thrown all over the stage by a brute. She knows she’s overmatched, and she knows also that she doesn’t want a broken neck on top of everything else.

In my situation, I faced a similarly vexing problem. I knew two things as soon as NO fell on deaf ears. One, I’d have to fight. Two, I’d never have my way with my attacker with my fists. Maintenance man vs. musician… not good! I knew I’d have to devise something unconventional… and fast. In the longest 15 seconds of my life, I formed a plan to steer myself and, by association, him near a wall-mounted shelf, into which I’d thrust the back of his head. Figuring I’d probably need further assistance, that shelf was close to a set of screwdrivers, and I’d planned to arm myself asap afterwards. Perhaps unfortunately, I never got to that point. I think he felt my muscles getting ready to rumble, and he quickly stepped back, took his junk, and left.

Why is my story relevant to the point I’m trying to make? One’s decisions at the time of an attack are based solely on survival instinct and may have little else to do with common sense. I realize now that, in those 15 seconds, I sent my attacker a terribly mixed signal. My attack started in the living room. The shelf was in the bedroom. Common sense: duh! Survival instinct: get him into a spot where I can kill him if I have to.

In spite of my saying NO probably 20 times, my attacker probably interpreted movement to the bedroom as a step toward scoring. My guess is that Akon, if he is capable of 2+2=4 level of thought, perceived the girl’s arms wrapped around his neck in a similar manner.

flutejpl on May 2, 2007 at 11:20 PM

I saw this somewhere else several days ago, and to those of you who are shocked I recommend you spend a week in a high school classroom. This is the sort of garbage they listen to, and it shows. Foul language, blatant and unrepentant disrespect, and flagrant violation of any rules they don’t want to follow is pretty standard in middle class suburbia, let me tell you. And don’t bother calling home, as the parents don’t do anything about it. They’re listening to the same garbage and use the same language.

My job just isn’t as fun as it used to be.

Bob's Kid on May 2, 2007 at 11:21 PM

I am not shocked by this. Anyone who is familiar with the “hip hop scene” already knows things like this happen on (and probably off) stage.

But before Michelle (and friends) whine that nothing is going to happen, check this out from Media Take Out

(MediaTakeOut.com) April 30, 2007. MediaTakeOut.com has learned that Akon is facing serious legal trouble in Trinidad over the recent “dirty dancing” with a 14 year old girl. Over the weekend, we spoke to a high ranking law enforcement official who claims that Trinidad is “seriously looking into” charging Akon with a crime.

And according to the official, the decision to charge Akon will made be made as early as this week.

Keep checking back with us on this one, the mainstream press isn’t up on this yet, but we promise – it’s about to get EXPLOSIVE.

Perhaps the media is waiting until Akon gets charged for this. Now the story gets rather interesting with this comment on Media Take Out:

isittootight

This is the 14 year old parents response:

Well…since Akon was grinding on my 14 year old daughter, who was in an 18 and older club…we know she had no business been there, since my daughter was dressed like a whore at this club, yes, again we understand this is an 18 and older club and she had no business been there, Oh by the way, since Akon should have known in an 18+ club, that my daughter was only 14 let’s press charges against him!

Apparently she wasn’t even suppose to be in there (probably used a fake ID which are ironically becoming easier to get nowadays).

If I was her father I would be pissed off!!! I think after that incident, this girl is probably going to be grounded for life (after the lawsuit).

Darnell Clayton on May 2, 2007 at 11:27 PM

Perhaps the media is waiting until Akon gets charged for this.

That didn’t stop them from covering Imus. AND he didn’t break any law.

csdeven on May 2, 2007 at 11:40 PM

If this is his behavior in public . . .

- The Cat

MirCat on May 2, 2007 at 11:43 PM

Saying that we should just expect black men not to be able to control their sexual urges (in the presence of ‘uncovered meat’?) sounds awfully like something straight out of a Klan pamphlet.

The Monster on May 2, 2007 at 9:51 AM

Or President Eisenhower….

These are not bad people. All they are concerned about is to see that their sweet little girls are not required to sit in school alongside some big black bucks.

Source:

Schwartz, Super Chief 112-3 (1983). In his 1977 memoirs (The Memoirs of Chief Justice Earl Warren 291), Warren said Eisenhower used the phrase “big, overgrown Negroes,” but Schwartz says the chief justice “toned down” the language for publication.

Not that Eisenhower wasn’t a great man, but he said it, even though he sent a 1000 troops to Little Rock.

Besides if you ever wanted to know the history of the 14th Amendment that link is a great start.

Tim Burton on May 3, 2007 at 3:53 AM

I saw this somewhere else several days ago, and to those of you who are shocked I recommend you spend a week in a high school classroom. This is the sort of garbage they listen to, and it shows. Foul language, blatant and unrepentant disrespect, and flagrant violation of any rules they don’t want to follow is pretty standard in middle class suburbia, let me tell you. And don’t bother calling home, as the parents don’t do anything about it. They’re listening to the same garbage and use the same language.

My job just isn’t as fun as it used to be.

Bob’s Kid on May 2, 2007 at 11:21 PM

I had a student throw a pecan and hit me the other day and was upset for me writing him up. He then started calling the Dean, “Bro”.

Hip Hop like this is corrupting the culture.

It is 99% of the groups.

There are only a few normal moral groups out there and I can list them:

Pigeon John
Mars Ill
LA Symphony

If your kids are listening to anyone but those three I can assure you that they are listening to vile sexual perversion and drug us (with a bit of violence added for flair).

Tim Burton on May 3, 2007 at 4:08 AM

to csdeven
It’s Eminem not M&M. One’s a vulgar rapper, one’s a tasty candy treat!

I find the silence of the liberal “community” not very surprising. But any attempts to call the hip hop community out on it’s blatant sexism, racism and hypocrisy will be countered by charges of bigotry. It’s the liberal way.

bentman78 on May 3, 2007 at 8:26 AM

Caligula anyone?

woodcdi on May 3, 2007 at 8:55 AM

1) I become an employee of Verizon.
2) I copy & paste Akon’s lyrics into an e-mail and send them to several of the “…got me tingiling, come to me mingiling, Steppin off lookin bootylicious and jingiling…” female employees, letting them know I want them to “…drop it down…While I watch this beautiful thing shake that ass”
3) I am then told to report to Human Resources. I explain that I was merely sharing my appreciation of the ‘…artistry of one of the world’s most
compelling and exciting stars…’
4) I am then escorted to my car.

guitarguy on May 3, 2007 at 2:23 PM

One more thing…..

Martin Luther King is glad he’s dead.

guitarguy on May 3, 2007 at 2:25 PM