A few weeks ago, an influencer publicly accused a well-known German rapper of rape. This denied the allegations. As a result, many other women contacted the influencer and described similar experiences with this rapper or with other people in the German rap cosmos. On these…
A few weeks ago, an influencer publicly accused a well-known German rapper of rape. This denied the allegations. As a result, many other women contacted the influencer and described similar experiences with this rapper or with other people in the German rap cosmos. It was visible in these experience reports that networks such as label, management, booking and artists apparently not only allowed, relativized or excused the attacks, but in fact favored them.
As a result, the “deutschrapmetoo” Instagram platform was founded, which people affected by sexual violence and abuse of power can connect to Deutschrap. This community wants to encourage people to talk about their experiences and draw attention to the subject of “sexual violence in German rap”. She also criticizes the power structures and internal grievances through which this behavior is tolerated as supposed normality. This platform is very important because such claims are not uncommon. It is all the more important that people join forces anonymously, encourage each other, lobby to make it clear that misogynistic behavior is no longer accepted.
In social networks, there was an outcry from various rappers and their fans who saw themselves threatened as well as German rap culture. Are these people afraid of their privileges? Don’t you want to be named as the author? Are you afraid that you won’t be able to continue as before? They reject “deutschrapmetoo” because they think this discussion would reduce German rap culture. You really have to imagine it. These rappers feel attacked by a movement that wants above all to network the people concerned and fundamentally wants to help us live in a better society. They react with hatred and violence. Feminism and a cosmopolitan attitude are here an absurd enemy image. This shows how urgent this discourse must be. To be honest, I don’t think sexual violence is part of German rap culture. For some rappers and their fans, this seems to be the case.
It is of course important to mention that this problem is not found only in German rap. Sexual violence is everywhere in our society. It’s all the more important that people talk about it.