NJ.com- Students Duncan Hosie and Rebecca Basaldua told The Daily Princetonian, the university's student newspaper, that they researched Big Sean's lyrics after hearing him repeat a misogynistic phrase in a promotional video for the May 3 spring Lawnparties show.
The students then created the petition, which alleges Big Sean's songs promote misogyny and "rape culture." The petition has more than 500 signatures, Hosie told The Princetonian, and asks the school's Undergraduate Student Government to rescind its offer to the Grammy-nominated rapper.
"I'm sure every singer has a questionable song," Basaldua told The Princetonian, "but there are a significant amount of his songs that deal with this, and I think there are a lot of other artists in the same genre even that would have been a better choice."
Student government officials said it's too late to make any changes to the May 3 main act.
Be more Princeton, Princeton. This is why I don't trust Ivy league schools. Hell, this is the reason I didn't go to an Ivy league school. Was that believable? No, but seriously, if I'm an employer give me the person that went to a prestigious school that falls just short of being Ivy league. I'd rather have a kid that experienced college for what it is, and still managed to keep his/her grades up and experience a bunch of extra curriculars. If you spend 15+ hours a day studying then use your free time you start drawing up protest papers for a Big Sean concert I don't trust you as a human being. Crack a beer once and awhile. Smoke a little weed. Expand your horizons. It will go a long way from helping you to not puke on your shoes after one vodka cranberry at your first work happy hour.
Stop being so attentive to every word of a rappers catalogue. Trust me, half the time they don't know the gravity of what they are saying. As long as it sounds good and goes with the beat. Next thing you know they will be petitioning for Big Sean to turn his hat around and wear it the 'right way'. Let loose for me Princeton. Let your hair down. Un-wad those panties. It's college. It's a concert. Leave your inhibitions at the door and try to forget for one night that Big Sean might have some lyrics that you find questionable. Make a mistake or two. Pop a molly. Sweat for me Princeton! Dance like no one is watching. Trust me there won't be many times where a large group of dorky, pure breed, country club goers can tear the rug up without judgement. A Big Sean concert that is 90% caucasian is one of those times.
Rest assured that Big Sean isn't promoting 'rape culture', despite being mildly misogynist. All entertaining music has it's questionable moments. Anything short of a Mozart showcase embraces at least a little bit of moral ambiguity. Try to relax a bit, you aren't exactly hosting a Bill Cosby comedy hour.
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