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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.”

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Canadian Hockey Icon Don Cherry Fired for Patriotic Comments

Don Cherry, a Canadian former ice hockey coach and longtime hockey commentator, was fired from his position at Sportsnet for patriotic comments in supporting of the tradition of wearing poppies for Remembrance Day, ESPN reports.

The 85-year-old Cherry took some time on his most recent segment of “Coach’s Corner” to address the decline in the Remembrance Day tradition, where citizens wear commemorative poppy pins to honor all soldiers who have died in war. He said that in his city of Mississauga, Ontario, “very few people wear the poppy. [In] downtown Toronto, forget it, nobody wears the poppy.”

He then criticized those who do not adhere to this tradition, saying that people who “love our way of life” and “love our milk and honey” could “at least pay a couple bucks for a poppy” so that they could show respect to veterans and those who died.

After a backlash on social media against his comments, Cherry was fired from the network. In response to his firing, he refused to take back his comments and stood by his original message, saying: “I know what I said and I meant it. Everybody in Canada should wear a poppy to honor our fallen soldiers.”

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Vox Accuses Andrew Yang of Reinforcing Racial Stereotypes

The far-left website Vox has accused Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang of reinforcing “toxic tropes” about Asian-Americans, Fox News has reported.

In the piece, Vox writer Li Zhou claimed, without evidence, that “voters are concerned” about Yang’s jokes, which she says “reinforce longstanding racist stereotypes about Asian Americans and other minority groups.”

The jokes she highlighted included Yang’s statement that, as an Asian, he “knows a lot of doctors,” as well as his campaign slogan “Make America Think Again” having the acronym of “MATH.” She further expanded by claiming that Yang’s jokes “help reaffirm a trope about Asian Americans commonly known as the ‘model minority’ myth.”

Zhou quickly faced ridicule on social media for the article, with some pointing out that the “stereotypes” in question simply portray Asians as “smart and hardworking,” while others said that she simply had no sense of humor.

The far-left criticism of Yang reveals the ideological and rhetorical divides within the Democratic Party going into 2020. The incident is also similar to recent statements given by another Democratic presidential candidate, Marianne Williamson, who recently responded to left-wing criticism of her by commenting that she “didn’t think the Left was so mean. I didn’t think the Left lied like this.”