Best Coast claims Chris Brown's latest 'trash' song is 'perpetuating rape culture'
Published 18/04/2016 | 16:11
Bethany Cosentino from Best Coast has hit out at Chris Brown's latest single, Back to Sleep, claiming the lyrics are "perpetuating rape culture".
The song, also known as F*ck You Back to Sleep, has spent the past 17 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was remixed by high-profile names such as Usher and Zayn Malik.
It features lyrics such as “Baby when I wake you up/ Just let me rock, f*ck you back to sleep girl/ Don’t say a word no (no, don’t you talk)”.
And: “Ain’t sorry that I woke ya, I ain’t sorry ’bout ya job, f*ck you back to sleep girl/Call sick in the morning so I can get a little bit more of your love/ I know you want me, how you feel me cause you never disagree”.
Cosentino tweeted about the song on Sunday, branding it "trash" and detailing her frustrations in what the song's message says about the music industry.
She said that the Brown track "tells" a woman (rather than ask her) he is "going to wake her up with sex," and said the track is "disgusting" and "saddens" her.
She specifically called out publications such as Billboard who gave the track a rave review, claiming the song "excels as a quality addition to his catalog’s stellar collection of panty-dropping and baby-making songs."
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The 29-year-old said she disapproves of anyone who believes “it’s OK to sing about f**king a girl back to sleep and telling her to not say a word.”
Cosentino, who performed a sell-out gig in The Academy in Dublin last October, said she believes that media outlets shouldn’t be so supportive of a song that "perpetuates rape culture."
“People learn from music, they learn from popular culture,” the singer tweeted.
You already know how I feel about Chris Brown - but WHY/HOW are those lyrics ok? Cool, a song that perpetuates rape culture being a hit.— Best Coast (@BestCoast) April 17, 2016
Brown pleaded guilty to felony assault in 2009 after his brutal attack on his then-girlfriend Rihanna, hours before the Grammy Awards. He was freed from probation last year.
This isn't just about that idiot tho- the fact that's a song in popular culture that some A&R person was like "this is great" saddens me— Best Coast (@BestCoast) April 17, 2016
.@billboard's review of that song "excels as a quality addition to his catalog’s stellar collection of panty-dropping and baby-making songs"— Best Coast (@BestCoast) April 17, 2016
How about this for a review: singing about fucking a girl back to sleep/telling her dont say a word is singing about rape + it's disgusting— Best Coast (@BestCoast) April 17, 2016
Last thing then I'm out- it's an issue even if someone else was singing those lyrics. Rape culture is everywhere + it's a BIG problem.— Best Coast (@BestCoast) April 17, 2016
@BestCoast "I know you're half-asleep but you know how much I need it" should say enough, right?— Matt Reyes (@theearlierstuff) April 17, 2016
@BestCoast are people not realizing you cannot consent to sex if you're >ASLEEP<!?!! theres no justifiable explanation for this dude anymore— missy (@spookyspells) April 17, 2016