“Can I still support him and call myself a feminist? A friend? No.”
Best known for her role as Stella on Orange Is the New Black, outspoken Australian model/actress Ruby Rose took a stand against rapper Kanye West after his recent tweet about Bill Cosby and lyrics he’s written about her friend Taylor Swift. On Tuesday, West tweeted this to more than 18 million of his followers:
West gave no reasons to back up his belief that Cosby is innocent of drugging and raping more than 50 women. He then casually moved on to tweet about LeBron James’ new Nikes. Last week, when his new song “Famous” debuted, it stirred controversy because of the lyric “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why? I made that bitch famous.” Given West’s support of an alleged serial rapist and his having referred to her friend Swift as a “bitch,” Ruby Rose took a stand against West’s misogyny with these tweets.
Rose’s stance is important, because when we permit celebrities such as West to make misogynist comments without consequences, we give others permission to do the same. Known for his controversial outbursts, West has a long history of making misogynist comments. Recently, he slut-shamed an ex, model Amber Rose, saying: “It’s very hard for a woman to want to be with someone that’s with Amber Rose … I had to take 30 showers before I got with Kim.”
Ruby Rose’s condemnation of West has gained support on social media.
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