Misogynist or Artist?

About six months ago, a rough version of Kanye West’s video for “Monster” was leaked. I didn’t get to see it, but from the reactions, you knew this was going to be another Kanye controversy.  Mainly, the video seemed to be taken as misogynistic. In fact, women’s right activists were so outraged, they created a petition trying to ban this video, to no avail.

After months from this leak, Kanye’s official video for Monster has debuted…with the disclaimer: “The following content is in no way to be interpreted as misogynistic or negative towards any groups of people. It is an art piece and it shall be taken as such.” I have a feeling this disclaimer won’t ward off the criticism. The line between artwork that celebrates exploitation and one that critiques it, is definitely a gray one – especially with something like this video. I think the main problem, making the video lean towards celebration for most is the juxtaposition of the lyrics and the images; together, they are very shocking.

Kanye West’s “Monster” video: misogynistic or artistic?  The best way to decide for yourself is to watch: http://kanyewest.com/

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