Today’s 2 Cent Tuesday sports blog focuses on the media hullabaloo surrounding Donald Trump’s recorded unacceptable, sexually explicit, “locker room comments” about women from 2005.
The outcry from media outlets and social sites has been categorically correct in decrying Trump’s reckless, vile words.
There exists no room for perverse speech anywhere at anytime that degrades women.
I am very happy that both mainstream and non-traditional media have excoriated the Republican Presidential candidate for his poor judgment and inexcusable words.
Not Buying Athletes’ Backlash on Locker Room Talk Comments
However, I don’t buy the backlash from athletes asserting that nasty Trump-like talk, sexual innuendo or misogynistic fantasy don’t exist in locker rooms.
Actually, I chuckle when guys like Jacob Tamme, Jamal Crawford, CJ McCollum, Chris Kluwe, Dahntay Jones and others expect us to believe that testosterone induced talk and off-color remarks doesn’t exist in the world of sports.
Locker rooms are locker rooms and NOT Sunday school classrooms.
Boorish behavior has existed for years. It may not be as overt any longer as in the past, but it’s still there. That’s because Trump-like talk is not always audibly spoken, but it resides unchecked under the guise of modern day music.
And, some of the music is disgusting, making Donald Trump’s words pale in comparison!
Songs with sexually explicit references are privately, and commonly, listened to on expensive Beats headphones in an athlete’s personal space.
For example, allow me to focus music mogul Jay Z to prove my point. He’s been given a free pass in our nation’s sports culture. Many venerate the music mogul for his personal path to fame and for the infectious beats to his songs, but should we?
More people need to listen with an attentive ear when selecting his songs for their play list. And, by the way, his misogynistic lyrics are tame in comparison to other trash you can easily download from iTunes.
The Music Mogul Jay Z
Let’s take a closer look at the rapper Shawn Carter known as Jay Z, a godfather of sorts to many of today’s singers and rappers who mirror his style and lyrics.
Since his first album in 1996, Shawn Carter has flexed his recording muscle in ways now too reflective of our culture. Over the years, we as parents, teachers, managers, leaders and even respectable sports fans have quietly allowed Jay Z to fill the psyche of our youth with dehumanizing lyrics strung behind catchy music.
Sadly, we’ve acquiesced as the hip hop artist has seeded the minds of young male adults with a warped, perverse attitude concerning women. And now we’re painfully confronting its outcome.
As a society, we’ve given Jay Z and other miscreant musical artists carte blanche to poison our minds and those of our growing sons.
We’ve blindly excused these entertainers, cowardly giving them unfettered access in our culture. Their reward has been whopping sales figures in the name of modern day artistry.
Now that professional sports leagues appear to be shouldering greater social responsibility, shouldn’t musical lyrics be more closely scrutinized? Why tolerate wretched rhymes?
Has anyone from the NFL, MLB or NBA offices ever delved into Jay Z’s recording history to determine whether his catalog of songs best represent the spirit of their sports?
More specifically, do Jay Z’s musical messages extol women in a positive light or denigrate women to testosterone-infused men who think of them as meat for their sexual appetites or punching bags for their frustrations?
If pressed to investigate, league executives would likely discover that Carter and his wife Beyonce don’t lullaby their child Blue Ivy to bed each night to lyrics made famous by Jay Z.
Certainly, Jay Z’s songs are protected by our nation’s constitutional free speech clause. But, why haven’t more people acknowledged the downward, guttural pull of lyrics like those of Jay Z’s that refer to women as “b#tches” and “h#es” that he sings about in his lengthy stable of songs.
As far as the athletes decrying Trump (and rightfully so), did they stop and ask Jay Z listening teammates if these songs were on their playlist?
Over the years, Jay Z has profited from rhymes like “That’s My B#tch” from Jay Z’s 2011 Watch the Throne album or “2 Many H#es” from his 2002 The Blueprint 2: The Gift and Curse? Or, did they perhaps refer to “Money Cash H#es” from Jay Z’s 1998 Hard Knock Life album before lashing out at their wives and girlfriends?
The NFL, MLB and NBA are currently embarking upon a new era of social oversight in managing their hugely successful leagues. Zero tolerance for domestic violence and egregious talk has has rightfully become their rallying cry.
Likewise, zero tolerance should be equally applied toward artists like Jay Z or others with ties to the NFL, MLB and NBA if their songs contain misogynistic lyrics or foster callous, dismissive portrayals of women.
I’m very pleased that Donald Trump got called out for his inexcusable language.
Now, the media must dig deeper and expose the negative influence coming from some of today’s music widely listened to in athletes’ locker rooms.
Donald Trump may have wrongly spoken ill-advised words aloud, but admired athletes are quietly condoning them in private with their music preferences.
And, that’s my 2 cents about Donald trump’s locker room comments.
What are yours?
MIKE – thee ultimate talking head on sports!