Cancel Tyga at Yardfest
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Cancel Tyga at Yardfest

    1. Leah Reis-Dennis
    2. Petition by

      Leah Reis-Dennis

      Eugene, OR

The College Events Board announced last Wednesday that Tyga, a hip-hop artist known for the hit single “Rack City” will headline this year’s Yardfest. Tyga is notorious for his explicitly and violently misogynistic lyrics. In his song “Bitches Ain’t Shit,” Tyga raps, “Need a bitch that can fuck, cook, clean, right. Turn a bitch out, make her lick twice.” In “Bitch Betta Have My Money,” Tyga raps, “Shut the fuck up and jump on this dick. Nothing but a motherfucking skank. Fuck what you talking bout and fuck what you think.”

We hope that the College Events Board can find a different headliner for Yardfest. However, we believe that a Yardfest without a headliner would be better than a Yardfest that amplifies misogyny and violence. We demand that Harvard rescind its offer to Tyga, because we believe that Harvard should not provide a platform for music that promotes sexism and rape culture.

Addendum (4/1/13):

We understand that Tyga is not representative of hip-hop as a genre, nor do we hope to position hip-hop and feminism in opposition to each other. We recognize that other performers at Harvard sanctioned events have problematic lyrics and regret that opposition campaigns were not launched towards these artists as well.

The problems that pervade Tyga’s music dominate mainstream society and are endemic to Harvard’s campus. Violence and sexism are not unique to Tyga’s music; deeper, systemic changes must be made. However, Tyga’s invitation to perform at Yardfest provides an opportunity for a tangible, if short term, response to rape culture. Activism surrounding Tyga’s performance at Harvard should not be divorced from activism around larger structural issues of race, gender, and homophobia.

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    1. Reached 2,000 signatures
    2. OSL Asks Yardfest Organizers to Reconsider Tyga Choice

      Leah Reis-Dennis
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    Reasons for signing

    • McKenna Barber EUGENE, OR
      • 8 months ago

      I don't find this music appropriate for the situation. It is offensive on many levels.

    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • about 1 year ago

      “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”

      ― Charlotte Brontë

    • Adam Blake BOSTON, MA
      • over 1 year ago

      It is finally becoming apparent that we need positive role models through music, this is an excellent time to find better artists. If we don't fight back now, we will let them be violent and aggressive forever.

    • Melissa C LOS ANGELES, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      Bitches Ain't Shit? Really, Harvard? You bastion of higher learning, you. You really couldn't get anyone else? Way to really perpetuate rape culture, misogyny and just all around bad taste. Not to mention, he's a shitty rapper.

    • Maria McCullough OLIVETTE, MO
      • over 1 year ago

      Because I am an educated white female who was sexually assaulted by an educated white male who attended an ivy league school. It's a disgrace that many educated men of today know very little about respect for women.


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