I never even heard of hip hop artist, Lil Reese, until today. But the twitter world exploded this morning when video footage showing the Chicago rapper viciously beating a young woman turned up on the internet.
Needless to say, violence against women is NEVER to be tolerated, so I don’t even find it necessary to comment on the argument that there was any potential justification for Lil Reese’s actions. Nor will I attack Lil Reese. If you watched the video, you know what it was. No need for a personal attack by me is necessary.
What I will, provide commentary on, however, is the shockingly large number of people on twitter—including some entertainment industry professionals—who found the footage to be amusing.
Excuse me if seeing a woman being stomped by a man doesn’t make me giggle. In fact, it made me sick to my stomach.
I experienced this same reaction weeks ago when video footage of a bus driver upper-cutting an ill-behaved young woman turned up on World Star Hip Hop.
To the extent that hundreds of thousands of [mostly Black] people found these videos to be not only entertaining—but funny, it has made me wonder, how far have we fallen as a community?
It is bad enough that we are bombarded with videos of same-sex fights and other ignorance on World Star Hip Hop, but have we gotten to the point where people think there’s ANYTHING funny about a man hitting a woman?
Apparently, we have.
I am disappointed today. Not just in Lil Reese…But in whatever has happened in our community that has turned these kinds of tragic events into entertainment.
You know I hate to see our black men in prison, but Lil Reese needs to be off the streets. Point blank…