Sean Hannity recently claimed that hip-hop should be banned if the Confederate flag is
US political commentator and television personality Sean Hannity has compared rap music to the Confederate Flag and said that it too should be banned in the wake of the recent Charleston shootings.
Hannity is no stranger to outspoken episodes, having publicly argued with Ryan Adams and calling him a “gutless coward” when the singer refused to make an appearance on his talk show.
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This time, however, artists such as Jay Z, Beyoncé, 50 Cent and Snoop Dogg were the focus of his argument.
Talking on his radio show, Hannity publicly condemned the pulling of the Confederate flag from major stores such as Amazon, Wal-Mart and Sears, when they continue to sell music that he considers to be equally as offensive. Hannity expresses the view that if corporations are going to ban one, they should also ban the other.
Describing the music to have “racist, misogynistic and sexist” content, as well as noting its frequent use of “the n-word, the b-word and the h-word”, Hannity says he wants the genre removed from store shelves: “We’re in the process of banning everything – just a thought.”
The Confederate flag appeared in many photos uploaded online by Charleston Church shooter Dylann Roof, who killed nine African-Americans in a racially-motivated attack earlier this month.
You can listen to Hannity’s rant below.
The banning of the Confederate flag has amassed wide discussion, particularly from rap artists. Speaking of the ban recently, Killer Mike said: “My primary objection to it is firmly grounded in a political argument, not an emotional one. It’s less to do about me—’Hey, I’m black and it hurts my feelings, it’s a symbol of slavery and oppression’—and more to do with the fact that, as an American, I will not honor a group of treacherous traitors.”
Killer Mike, who is part of the rap duo Run The Jewels, also acknowledged the flag’s controversial context: “Did the people who lost that war profit from slavery? Yes! Has that symbol been used by stupid, dumb redneck racists? Yes. Has it been used by neo-Nazis? Yes. Has it been used as a way to intimidate black people? Yes, absolutely. As a child, the Confederate flag was explained to me as a flag of racism, that there are often men who will use that flag to try to terrorise black people.”