Kanye West is the latest artist whose music video has resulted in a backlash from watch groups.
Kanye’s video for “Monster,” which depicts lifeless models strewn about and hanging from ropes, has been described as “misogynistic” and “vile.”
“Women in nooses, dismembered body parts, blood everywhere, violent and foul lyrics: in a sane world, this wouldn’t sell one copy,” Dan Gainor, VP of Business and Culture at the Media Research Center told FoxNews.com. “His latest video gives us a peek into his mind and soul and, frankly, it’s a dark, disgusting place where women are victimized and their bodies are treated as props for the ‘monsters’ singing. Misogyny? Absolutely.”
With zombies, blood and vampires, it’s likely Kanye was playing off the “Monster” title of the track with a horror-movie style video.
Of course, Kanye defended his creation as art, and he provided a disclaimer that appears in the video. "The following content is in no way to be interpreted as misogynistic or negative towards any group of people. It is an art piece and it shall be taken as such,” it reads.
Dan’s response? “Calling this video art gives it more dignity than it deserves,” he said. “This is a new low for Kanye and that’s the essence of pop culture right now—everything has to out-shock the thing that came before it.”
Nicki Minaj, who is featured in the video along with Jay-Z and Rick Ross, hasn’t responded to claims that the production is misogynistic.
Watch the music video.
— Tracy L. Scott