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Veteran emcee Talib Kweli has joined the growing list of people taking Rick Ross to task over his lyrics in the song “U.O.E.N.O.”
Ross raps about slipping molly into his date's drink, then taking her home for sex without her consent.
“Put molly all in her champagne / She ain’t even know it / I took her home and I enjoyed that / She ain’t even know it," Ross raps in the song.
The rapper later offered up an apology that many didn't believe was sincere.
“Woman is the most precious gift known to man. And there was a misunderstanding with a lyric…a misinterpretation where the term rape was used. I would never use the term rape, you know, in my lyrics. And as far as my camp, hip hop don’t condone that, the streets don’t condone that, nobody condones that," said Ross.
In an interview with Huffpost Live, Kweli criticized the MMG CEO for his lyrics in the song. He added that he wasn't buying Ross' apology.
"I don't care if Rick Ross is 40 years old. He's a misguided 40-year-old person," Talib said. "Rick Ross condoned rape in that song and he should apologize. His apology that he offered was unacceptable."
The group has taken it's demands one step further. They are now going to bring their petition with 71,763 signatures to Reebok's flagship store in New York City, 420 5th Ave, in Manhattan on Thursday (April 4th) to protest in person according to a press release.
Following on the heels of a week of controversy over Reebok’s silence on their spokesman Rick Ross’ new song in which he brags about drugging and raping a woman, UltraViolet members are planning to deliver 71,763+ petitions to the company’s flagship NYC store demanding the company fire him. The Reebok spokesman’s response that in not using the word “rape” he is off the hook has only escalated complaints that he does not fit Reebok’s image.
“In remaining silent, Reebok is using it’s brand to promote rape,” said Nita Chaudhary, co-founder of UltraViolet. “Reebok and Rick Ross have crossed a line— not only does Ross brag about drugging and raping a woman, he is pushing the idea that if you don’t use the word ‘rape’ it doesn’t count. We are fed up and disgusted with Reebok, and Thursday we will bring this fight to their front steps.”
The protest will also feature dozens of women in running bibs with the number “71,763” and signs reading “Hey Reebok— Want my business? Stop promoting rape. Drop Rick Ross.”
The protest is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. eastern time.