Princeton students allege that rapper "promotes rape culture"
The fate of a scheduled Big Sean concert at Princeton univeristy in America is up in the air today after students began a petition to have the performance cancelled.
Students at the university, which is located in New Jersey, allege that Big Sean “promotes rape culture” in his lyrics and that he is also a misogynist.
The petition is being circulated around the student campus and relates to the upcoming Lawn Party event at the university, which will take place this spring. 500 people have already signed the petition, which is part of a campaign being spearheaded by students Rebecca Balsadua and Duncan Hosie. The petition asks that “in the future, [the undergraduate student government] should strive to bring non-misogynistic acts to campus.”
Hosie told the Princetonian (via Bloomberg) that he was moved to take action against Big Sean after seeing the video for recent single ‘I Don’t Fuck With You’ in which the Detroit rapper talks about “stupid ass bitches”.
Speaking to the student paper, Hosie said: “After I saw that video, I started researching Big Sean’s language and I found language that was both misogynistic and homophobic.” The pair agree that the university should choose a different rapper to perform instead.
However, Simon Wu, chairman of the student government’s social committee, says this is unlikely to happen. “The contracts are signed and it’s unrealistic to stop this from happening,” he said. Wu did say that the university could set up a panel to discuss misogyny in song lyrics at the university’s Women’s Centre.
Big Sean plays three UK gigs later this year. The rapper, who released new album ‘Dark Sky Paradise’ in February, will perform in Manchester, Glasgow and Birmingham.
Big Sean will play:
Birmingham, Library (June 29)
Manchester, Academy 2 (30)
Glasgow, O2 ABC (July 1)