Sunday 25 September 2016

Best Coast claims Chris Brown's latest 'trash' song is 'perpetuating rape culture'

Sasha Brady

Published 18/04/2016 | 16:11

Best Coast musician Bethany Cosentino has called out the music industry for supporting Chris Brown. (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for Nasty Gal)
Best Coast musician Bethany Cosentino has called out the music industry for supporting Chris Brown. (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for Nasty Gal)

Bethany Cosentino from Best Coast has hit out at Chris Brown's latest single, Back to Sleep, claiming the lyrics are "perpetuating rape culture".

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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.

Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino. Photo: Instagram
Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino. Photo: Instagram

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."

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.

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.

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