Cee-Lo Green has sparked some backlash online following a recent interview. The Grammy-winning vocalist recently spoke with the United Kingdom’s Far Out Magazine about the modern music industry.
In particular, Green commented on the lyrics and image of women in rap like Nicki Minaj, Cardi B, and Megan thee Stallion.
“Attention is also a drug and competition is around,” he said. “Cardi B and Megan thee Stallion, they are all more or less doing similar salacious gesturing to kinda get into position. I get it, the independent woman and being in control, the divine femininity and sexual expression. I get it all…it comes at what cost?”
Green attempted to make the point that artists like Nicki and Cardi have responsibilities as role models.
“You have the ‘Heads of State,’ like Nicki Minaj,” he said, “or someone who is up there in accolade: success, visibility, a platform to influence. Nicki could be effective in so many other constructive ways, but it feels desperate.”
Readers were quick to point out Cee-Lo’s lengthy history of problematic actions and opinions. Back in 2014, he apologized after a cringe-inducing string of tweets about sexual assault. In October 2013, he pleaded not guilty to felony charges of furnishing a controled substance after he was accused of sexual battery by a woman in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles District Attorney’s office declined to file a charge of rape of an intoxicated person due to insufficient evidence.
— ℜ𝔦 (@Heath0X89) August 10, 2020
— Soraya Nadia McDonald (@SorayaMcDonald) August 10, 2020
Not rapey ass Cee-Lo Green with his 2 cents on female rappers talking about sex.
I guess the time and place for sex is when they’re unconscious? 🥴 pic.twitter.com/zTEq9xaAAW
— We me and Milano (@eleven8) August 10, 2020