LL Cool J on Misogyny in Rap Music: You ‘Do Not Have To Listen’

On Tuesday’s episode of ‘The View’, rapper and actor LL Cool J responded to criticism about the rampant misogyny in rap music, especially related to his earlier music. Speaking to hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Sunny Hostin, Joy Behar and Meghan McCain, the rap artist spoke about his debut album ‘Radio’ that came out more than three decades ago on November 18, 1985.

The Daily Caller reports, During the show Joy Behar asked the 51-year-old performer, what his reaction was to the criticism of misogyny in rap while mentioning the rapper’s past quote questioning how people could look “back and rewrite America’s history.’”

“Are we going to erase all the music?’” she added, repeating the rapper’s quote. “So is there anything to be done about this whole situation? Are you seeing it in any new way? Tell us.”

“You can’t,” the actor explained. “I got to tell you, the real answer is that art is art and that you really do not have to listen. You really don’t.”

“Because you look at the sculpture of David, right, there are people out there that are offended by nudity,’” he added. “Yeah. Should we throw a tarp over it?”

The “Mama Said Knock You Out” hitmaker continued, “I mean, people, like, at the end of the day I’m not suggesting that people don’t have a right to feel a certain way about certain lyrics because that’s okay.”

“You have that right and you have the right to raise your children the way you want, to instill the values in your family that you wish to instill in your family,” the “NCIS: Los Angeles” star explained. “But that being said, you have to give the artists the right to say what they want and you have the right to be offended or not or appreciated.”

“I think that especially in this country, right?” he added. “That’s really what it’s all about, right? It’s the idea that, hey, say what you want — follow the laws but say what you want, create how you want and then we’ll take it from there in terms of judgment.”

About Catherine Smith

Catherine Smith is a newcomer to Washington D.C. She met, and married an American journalist and moved to D.C from the U.K. She graduated with a B.A in Graphic, Media and Communications and worked in design and retail in the U.K.

Photo: LL Cool J during Fuse Studio's Presents the "Daily Download" Show from the Republican National Convention - August 31, 2004 at Fuse Studios in New York, New York, United States. (Photo by Mychal Watts/WireImage)

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