Rick Ross has apologised for a controversial lyric that has been interpreted as condoning rape.
The lyrics to his song ‘U.O.E.N.O’ had already been criticised by women’s groups and anti-sexism campaigners, with a second wave of outrage now demanding Reebok end their endorsement deal with the star. The lyrics in question find Ross hinting at drugging a woman in order to have sex with her – Molly being slang for the drug MDMA. “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,” he raps.
He had previously defended the lyrics, saying they’d been misinterpreted. Ross has also now taken to Twitter to speak out over the matter again. He wrote: “I dont condone rape. Apologies for the lyric interpreted as rape.” The track features on Rocko’s ‘Gift Of Gab 2’ mixtape which was released in February, and features guest verses from Ross and fellow rapper Future.
Meanwhile, the women’s rights group UltraViolet planned to protest outside a Reebok store in Manhattan yesterday (April 4), bringing petitions with more than 71,000 signatures demanding the company cut their ties with the rapper, reports Reuters. The group’s co-founder Nita Chaudhary said Ross “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.”