A DOG WITH A BONE

WRITTEN BY CHARLES ODUGBESAN

A picture is worth a thousand words.

So… my thousand words then. There are two ways people can perceive this photo. The first could be as a joke. Rick Ross has featured in many interviews with each member of The Breakfast Club; on the show itself a number of times and individually on other platforms. So it’s safe to say that he knows each of them on a personal level and has done so for years now. And being the risk taking, satirical trio that they are famous for being, it could be argued that they saw no problem in indulging Rick Ross in risqué photo. After all nothing draws attention like shock factor right? Plus you’d think that the guys all approve of any photo of them that is distributed on social media, which only further suggests that there was no problem with it. Angela Yee is even smiling in the picture! You would think that if she was in any way uncomfortable she would’ve made it known and vocally objected… slapped his face, dug a high heel in his big toe, anything!

I can’t lie; at first I thought this was just Rick being flirty and playful, completely harmless. But then I watched the interview and it made me see the photo in a different light. The interview itself was a little uncomfortable to watch at times. Rick Ross’ conduct was poor – he came across as unprofessional, his constant advances at Angela Yee were sleazy and he made some seriously controversial statements (to which, in fairness he later apologised for) with regards to signing female artists to his label Maybach Music Group. He spoke of his reluctance to sign female rappers/singers to his group because of the fact that he ‘gotta f*ck her a couple times’ after ‘spending so much money’ on her. 

So after watching the interview I now turn back to this photo. The instances of such sexism and objectification of women that were shown in the interview can be embodied entirely in this one photo. All I see now is an uncomfortable Yee being totally deprived of any personal space by a gluttonous Ross; with a handful of her hair, resting his fat belly on her back and blowing hot breath on her neck, tongue flailing like a slobbering dog. Literally, I now see a dog with a bone.

Rick Ross is a very rich and shrewd businessman who has enjoyed a mass of success in the Hip Hop industry. I’m a big fan of his and I’m sure there are many young men like me that are. If there has always been one criticism of Hip Hop (be it the music or the culture) it is that in general it has never held women in a very high regard at all. It’s all bitches and hoes. Men like Rick Ross hold the responsibility and the power to teach young men that despite the music we listen to and live by, having respect for our mothers, sisters and daughters is crucial.

For any woman (in any industry) with professional aspirations, it’s disheartening to hear such profound and sincere statements from a businessman like Rozay. It is a clear depiction of both the society we live in today and just how hard it is be for women to thrive professionally without ‘using their bodies’ so to speak. Even if we scale it down to a small everyday life example; the amount of girls I personally know that work in retail jobs let’s say that are constantly objectified by their bosses and fellow employees is staggering. 

It’s now a mindset that’s embedded into us these days. In this uncut age of exposure, scandal and fast-paced social media, sex sells – both to men and women. Let’s think about your Rihanna’s, your Kylie Jenner’s, your Demi Rose’s. Men drool over their sexuality and women idolise and put it on a pedestal. Men are not taught to respect women and women mostly give praise to physical appearance. If these were conservatively dressed women we’d be forced to solely consider the talent they have. Especially Rihanna! If she wasn’t such a ‘sex symbol’ would she be anything near as huge as she is currently based off of her JUST her ability to sing? I’m getting off topic. Point is, the sexism, the misogyny, the objectification that we see in that picture, echoes the very real problems we have in our society today. And we all know what serious issues these things can lead up to!

Tupac Shakur said it best – we all came, got our name and our game from a woman! Surely they deserve a lot more than to be viewed as more than just objects of sexual desire. Fellas, picture honestly for just a moment if the shoe was on the other foot. Would you want a life of fat bellies on your back and wide tongues in your ear? Or would you want the respect that a generation struggle to fully offer?! Don’t be dogs! And women, understand that talent, hard work and intelligence, NOT YOUR BODY, will be what propels you in life. Having only a body like a Kardashian to offer will not truly earn you the respect you deserve. You don’t want to just be a bone all your life do you?!

Which way do you perceive this photo?

For Rick Ross’ Breakfast Club interview click the link below!

https://youtu.be/gDskuwjGtFk

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