Thanks to the reader that alerted me to NZ On Air’s funding decisions for March 2010. Namely, that rapper Dirty Sesh has $5,000 for his video “Forever”.
Please be warned, this video is triggering and viciously misogynist.
Now, in the words of NZ On Air:
We invest in a colourful range of cost-effective local content, to extend choices for different New Zealand audiences.
I am wondering precisely which “audience” this video is aimed at? Young men who fantasise about hurting women, but don’t feel like it’s sufficiently culturally sanctioned to give it a go?
Those who already have knifed/raped/murdered a woman, but had to face a pesky little thing called “the justice system”, rather than becoming cool pop rappers?
Or how about artists, who are just expanding our cultural horizons by exploring a New Zealand artist aping the misogyny of Eminem. Dirty Sesh doesn’t really mean this, bitch, he’s being, like ironic, y’know?
The vicious misogyny of this video is staggering. We watch the protagonist stalk, hunt, gag and drag a screaming woman into a room, where the threat of rape is explicit.
We listen to him brag about how he’s going to be with her “forever, forever, forever”. We see her blood dripping from plastic coating. We see him stabbing her repeatedly. We see bits of her body cut up. We see, over and over again, the knife in his hand and on a table.
No doubt we will be told it’s cutting edge satire, designed to take the mickey out of horror genres. Just watch as he and the people who made his video claim victimisation by people who “just don’t get his art.”
Dirty Sesh is undoubtedly comparing himself to wife beater Chris Brown for the ironic value. Of course he’s bragging “I see a new girl, I see a new victim”, to further music’s brave exploration of societal issues.
Not to shock and make money by exploiting violent women-hating – funded by us, the taxpayer.
Shame on you, NZ On Air.
Just read the comments at NZ’s Hip Hop Forum Back to Basics if you’re confused about how some will read this video. Clue: it’s not with irony. It’s with an enjoyment of Dirty Sesh rapping about what a badass he is while he stalks and kills a woman.
i do like how he’s rapping about kidnapping a girl its not something we hear much from NZ rappers in mainstream. btw whats with the line “blow my brains over your newborn spouse”? spouses aren’t newborn maybe he meant to say newlywed spouse.
If this misogyny bothers you as much as it does me, you can complain to NZ OnAir here.