Wednesday, August 10, 2011

London Riots Influenced by Rap Music?

Promoting riots? How dare you PaRappa?
   You should know by now that I'm a glutton for punishment. In fact one could say I'm addicted to reading idiotic things written by painfully ignorant people. So imagine the joy on my face when I came across this little gem written by a Mr. Paul Routledge of The Mirror. Let's get into what makes this so great, Routledge writes: 
"The mayhem erupted overnight, but it has been building for years. And putting more police on the streets – while vital to end the threat to life and property – will not solve the crisis." 
  He's absolutely right about that honestly, this is an explosion of frustrations that have been building over time and finally released.   And an increased police presence could have disastrous results and not solve any of the problems that the most of the rioters want to address. Then Routledge loses me completely:
"I blame the pernicious culture of hatred around rap music, which glorifies violence and loathing of authority (especially the police but including parents), exalts trashy materialism and raves about drugs."
  Pause. I hate this often used yet largely false notion that "it's Rap music's (or porn, violent television, video games, movies, and so on) fault for all the violence out there." That's about as ignorant as bringing race into play, which he inadvertently did (note the images of the lone hooded youth and the courageous lighter toned- police officers). I'm not even trying to make it racial but look at the context for a moment. You ask "is rap music to blame" and show someone whom you deemed as most likely to listen to it, a hooded noticeably brownish youth. But media perception is an entirely different can of worms. Look I'm stopping right here because i actually agree with the last few sections of his post, the riots are not the way to go and there's no supporting the looting, at all. 

  The larger part of this tension does not come from music or violet video games, it's people who are fed up. The media is overlooking most of the reasons why this is happening, they try to make it seem as if it's only one issue (a black man getting shot) and it isn't. This is mainly an issue of class not race (there are white , black , and brown rioters) the people at the bottom are tired of being at the bottom. Why the media chooses to ignore the classist aspect behind this is beyond. I'm not conspiratorial at all, but the media downplaying the cuts to education and several other youth programs, the higher cost of living, and only focusing on one death seems a little weird to me. I'm a bit rusty. 


  1. Damn you, PaRappa, corrupting our children!

    Poor living conditions caused this, Rap music didn't have anything to do with it.

  2. Funny and sad at the same time.

  3. Then, how do you explain the fact the violence existed on Earth before rap music?