Kanye West came under fire over the weekend for trying to extend the definition of rape to include being followed by paparazzi. A crowd at the Wireless festival in London booed him for this piece of one of his infamous mid-show speeches:
"I want to bring my family to the movies without 30 motherfuckers following me. Everybody here, they like sex right? Sex is great when you and your partner are like, 'Hey, this is what we both want to do.'
But if one of those people don't want to do that, what is that called? That's called rape. That is called violation."
Also outraged was Clueless star and newly minted Fox News contributor Stacey Dash, who saw Kanye's trivialization of sexual assault and raised him a trivialization of prison rape.
"For Kanye to say 'rape,' maybe he needs to spend some time on Rikers Island, y'know, go to Riker' for a little while. Then he'll know what rape is. I don't get celebrities not understanding that the paparazzi are doing their job," Dash said on Fox News's Outnumbered.
Pretty good idea! The punishment for a celebrity who downplays the suffering of rape victims through an ill-chosen analogy should definitely be serving time in a facility where thousands of offenders (many of them nonviolent) are reportedly abused and set against each other by guards. And the highlight of the tour should be actually experiencing rape.
Thank you for sharing your wisdom with us, Stacey Dash. Please run for president.