Music

The so-called shock rock band, Marilyn Manson, is named after mass murderer Charles Manson, while individual band members use the names of American serial killers. The lead singer, Brian Warner, recorded in a studio set up in the actual house where the Manson "family" slaughtered several people and painted the walls with their blood. The recording studio was created by Trent Resnor, lead singer with the popular band, Nine Inch Nails.

The music industry has become so demented, that if Charles Manson was released, he would undoubtedly be signed to a record label before the door closed behind him.

The violence and misogyny of rap music have inspired various forms of protest since its inception. In November 2000, the Attorney General of Ontario, Jim Flaherty, attempted to have rap star, Eminem, prevented from performing in Toronto because of his violent and misogynist lyrics. The AG was acting in response to a complaint I filed with Metro Toronto Police under Canada's Criminal Code hate propaganda law, and under pressure from MPP Michael Bryant, the Liberal party AG critic. Unfortunately, at the time, the hate propaganda law excluded women from protection, and the Attorney General was therefore unsuccessful. Read more about that, and recent changes to the law, in the Hate Propaganda section.


Articles on hate rock prosecutions in Canada (1997 - 2004)

Homophobia bad - sexism good in music biz - some examples (various dates)

Spittin acid at the sistahs: Rap(e) and the assault of Black women (2005)

Misogyny's spelled R-A-P (2005)

Rap culture, the dark side: shootings, drugs and misogyny (2005)

Sick of being called whores and bitches, young women set up radio station in Boston to counteract misogyny of rap (2004)

Rap-metal mooks: Rap, rock, wrestling and pornography fuse to create raging white male youth subculture (2000)

Toronto victim tells his story of being shot by gangsters (2005)

Will Smith promotes shift from violent themes in music (2005)

How hip hop holds Blacks back (2003)

Al Sharpton - violent rap plan (2005)

Can U Control Yo Ho - Toronto Star article on misogynist, Snoop Dog (2004)

Essence magazine takes on rap abuses (2005)

Porn for beginners on BET (2005)

Pimps deserve disdain (2003)

50 Cent's criminal history (2003)

McDonalds to hire violent rappers (2005)

Love Hurts - VIBE magazine article, March 2005

Toronto Police Chief, Julian Fantino, calls 50 Cent a criminal (2004)

Much Music pulls Stop Snitching video (2005)

Jay-Z calls Toronto women "whores" - and Caribana wants in on the act (2004)

A bad idea: using violence to reduce violence (2005)

BET degrades women (2004)

Hip hop cross over to porn (2004)

Hip hop slop (2003)

50 Cent amps thuggery (2003)

Rap shares blame for murders in Britain (2003)

The worse rap gets, the better it sells (2003)

Hateful rapper, DMX, given the boot from Canada (2002)

Record execs stiff U.S. Senators (1997)

Editing lyrics is commonplace to get airplay (2000)

HMV Canada Inc. - Sale of hate rap

Articles and information on a complaint I filed with the Ontario Human Rights Commission against HMV over the company's sale of hate rap.

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Reebok drops Rick Ross over rape lyrics, April 2013

Misogyny makes a comeback: Kanye, Robin Thicke and degrading women. Column by Andrea Warner, CBC, June 24, 2013

I'd love some Respect from female pop stars, but I'd settle for pants. Excellent column by Elizabeth Renzetti, Globe and Mail, Oct 5, 2013

Toronto rappers speak out against violence (2010)

I'd like to talk about misogyny, by Moby (2005)

Is violent Rihanna/Eminem song a teaching tool? Not exactly (2010)

Toronto's Drake appears with misogynist rapper, Eminem, and pimp rapper, Jay-Z, at Molson Amphitheatre (2010)

Toronto hip hop star, Drake, dissed for reporting a crime (2010)

Items on hate "artist" Elephant Man's proposed appearance at the government-owned Downsview Park (2008)

Conservative Minister, John Baird, bans Elephant Man from Downsview concert (2008)

Sexual harassment fueled by popular culture (2008)

Gangsta rap feeds sexual violence in Toronto schools (2008)

U.S. Government Committee hearings on violent rap/hip hop (2007)

Criticism of gangsta rap - various articles (1991 - 2007)

Toronto nightclub pledges anti-gang rules (2007)

Information on hate rapper, Jerome Almon (2005 - 2007)

Where my dogs at? MTV2 "satire" puts black women on leashes (2006)

Thug clothes a "fashion" statement (2006)

Pimpification of America (2006)

Jill Scott slams portrayal of women in rap/hip hop (2006)

Gangster fashions put kids at risk (2004)

Pimp rapper criticizes Cristal for "racism" (2006)

Rap lyrics called hate propaganda in Quebec (2006)

Toronto Star embaces pimp culture (2006)

Snoop Dogg arrested in U.K. - Chrysler uses this loser in commercials (2006)

Articles on gangsta rap contributing to gang violence in Toronto, Ontario (various dates)

Rap events cancelled in Boston due to possible violence (2005)

Victims' Office funds counterattack on rap (2005)

Articles on 50 Cent's Canadian tour (2005)

Articles on Get Rich or Die Tryin' protests (2005)

Articles on G-Unit members (2004 - 2005)

50 Cent the fraud (2005)

Insurance difficult to obtain for rap events (2005)

Spike Lee slams gangsta and pimp rap (2005)

Letter to The Hon. Monte Kwinter re 50 Cent movie being shot in Toronto (2005)

Response from The Hon. Monte Kwinter to above letter (2005)

Jamaican Entertainers must sign anti-hate declaration (2005)

Free Radical news release: Canadians urged to file human rights complaints against pimp products (2005)

Hate rap bands receive warning in France (2003)

In the fight clubs of Rio (2000)