I’m going to take a minute to address some of the response I’ve been getting to a piece I had published today on DC9 At Night. In this article, I argue that Danny Brown’s recent alleged sexual assault on stage in Minnesota last week was not a sexual assault at all, but a consensual flirtation that quickly escalated into an act of public lewdness. I argue that both Brown and “the groupie” are both to blame for letting things go too far.
The headline, “Danny Brown Was Not the Victim of His On-Stage Blowjob, Despite Contrary Reports” is very declarative, I know. Like most freelancers, my editor writes my headlines. He offered to add an editors note today explaining that, but I told him not to. While provocative, the headline does accurately reflect the angle of my article.
Not only did I anticipate the response that I’d be pegged a victim blamer, I anticipated exactly who it’s coming from- a small subculture of bloggers that I refer to as Jezebel Feminists. I am a feminist with unapologetically non-traditional feminist views. Jezebel Feminists spend more time condemning women like me as “traitors” and talking in circles rather than focusing on the real threat to feminism- male chauvinism. They can and will put an anti-feminist spin on literally anything (the type to call International Women’s Day pandering). They’re quick to jump into heated, ill thought-out debates about touchy issues like rape culture.
The first place you’ll find a Jezebel Feminist is on the internet, spouting off comments on a blog post like mine- an unpopular opinion about a sensitive issue. The last place you’ll find them, however, is backstage at a rap show. Like I stated in my article, context is everything. These groupies are out here at these shows. Some of them are very sexually aggressive. Some don’t think to ask for consent before literally jumping on these men, but that doesn’t necessarily make it rape. This particular incident has become such a scandal because it took place on stage. If it’d happened behind the curtain, you probably would never have even heard about it.
To the Jezebel Feminists, I offer this: You’re probably never going to like my editorials. We will probably maintain a pretty adversarial relationship throughout the rest of my career. But if you want to talk this out, I could show you an old video of Tupac getting blown while he’s rapping that will only further prove my point. We can debate whether it was rape or not as much as we want, at the end of the day, the only person who knows for sure is Danny Brown. I just happen make my argument based on an understanding of rap culture far beyond yours.