After weeks of pressure for many groups calling for the release of rapper Rick Ross from the Reebok brand, it seems Reebok has complied. According to TMZ.com, Reebok parted ways with the rapper over lyrics in a song in which he describes what some consider to be a rape after slipping a popular drug called “molly” in her drink:
“Put Molly all in the champagne/she ain’t even know it/ I took her home and I enjoyed that/ She ain’t even know it.”
While many argue that Ross is engaging in freedom of speech, other say he’s not free from the responsibility of those lyrics. It seems Rebook agreed:
“While we do not believe that Rick Ross condones sexual assault, we are very disappointed he has yet to display an understanding of the seriousness of this issue or an appropriate level of remorse.”
Rick Ross has not made an official response and we don’t believe that he endorses or supports rape. While I do believe he has to be responsible for his lyrics, I would ask Reebok, have you ever listened to his lyrics? Also, why was it the rape lyrics that ended this endorsement deal? Did the killing, shooting and drug use seem somewhat OK for the Reebok brand?
Rick Ross, like all of us, has to be accountable for what we say, but I also think much of the fault lies with Reebok. When choosing a spokesperson for their brand it would behoov them to vet them. In fact, Rick Ross has stayed true to his brand, true to his lyrics and his fan base. The question of concern lies more with Reebok than it does Ross.
What were you guys thinking?
What do you think?
Your Jersey Girlfriend,