Turn on your television and 9 out of 10 times you will see it. A hip hop video, whose culture sadly has become an extension of our own music industry, with women twerking and people 'flossing.'
In a recent town hall meeting for 'Brothers Keeper' with outspoken christian NBA superstar Steph Curry, former US president Barrack Obama a huge fun of hip hop music pointed out a lot of its short comings turning the discussion toward the genre’s treatment of materialism and its rhetoric as related to women.
“Let’s face it, a lot of hip-hop and rap music is built around me showing how I got more money than you; I can disrespect you, and you can’t do nothing about it; I’m gonna talk about you and punk you,” Obama said. “Ironically, that actually shows the vulnerability that you feel.”
The former President added: “If you were really confident about your financial situation, you probably are not going to be wearing an eight-pound chain around your neck, because you know, ‘I got bank. I don’t have to show you how much I got. I feel good’”
Obama then turned his thoughts to how women are sometimes depicted in hip-hop music videos.
“If you are very confident about your sexuality, you don’t have to have eight women around you twerkin’,” he said. “You seem stressed that you’ve gotta be acting that way. I’ve got one woman that I’m very happy with. And she’s a strong woman.”
He explained: “...society sends a message that you are less-than and weak. We feel that we’ve got to compensate by exaggerating certain stereotypical ways that men are supposed to act—and that’s a trap that we fall into that we’ve got to pull out of.”
He concluded the remarks by telling the audience to show their strength not by putting other people down, but by lifting them up.