Tell Universal Music and Kanye West Eroticized Violence Against Women is Unacceptable
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CEO, Universal
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Tell Universal Music and Kanye West Eroticized Violence Against Women is Unacceptable

    1. Melinda Tankard Reist
    2. Petition by

      Melinda Tankard Reist

      Canberra, Australia

July 2011


After a campaign supported by over 5,000 members, MTV and VH1 have banned Kanye West' new music video "Monster" for themes glorifying violence against women and sexual violence. MTV had previously agreed not to air the first edit of the video, but it was unclear whether or not the final cut would pass muster. Despite a patronizing "disclaimer" at the beginning of the video instructing women not to get offended at the obvious violence and misogyny, MTV and VH1 have decided not to air the video.



A leaked teaser and a behind the scenes video of Kanye West's "Monster" video show West, Jay-Z, Rick Ross, and Nikki Minaj surrounded by the corpses of lingerie-clad women. Women dangle from the ceiling by chains. A naked corpse, mouth open, lies on a couch behind Jay-Z. Ross chows down on a plate of raw meat placed between the legs of a female corpse lying prostrate on the table. Minaj doubles as a fanged dominatrix and her innocent victim. West, in bed with two scantily clad corpses, poses them in erotic positions and kisses one while stroking his face with her lifeless hand.

Melinda Reist and Sharon Haywood have started a petition, co-sponsored by Collective Shout: for a world free of sexploitation, the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (Australia), Adios Barbie, Media Watch and Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (International), for Universal Music Group to withdraw the video and never officially release it in any capacity.

Reist explains: "The mainstreaming of videos like this increases desensitized and callous attitudes toward violence against women. Young people are seeing images and absorbing harmful messages which glamorise misogyny and brutalise women. Women are reduced to sex-doll like playthings. So great is the level of desensitisation that the barbaric treatment of women and girls is seen as normal and to be expected. We decided to run this campaign because we wanted to challenge the status quo."

Watching this video further desensitizes us to the plight of real women who are used and abused for men's amusement. It feeds a growing appetite for sexual violence, witnessed or committed, that is inevitably acted out on victims of sex trafficking and rape. It teaches men that women are nothing more than bodies, raw meat, to be devoured. It's really a cowardly statement and an uncreative, easy way to get attention. Surely West can do better than that. And his sisters deserve better by far.

Tell West, Universal, and MTV that the victimization of women as a valid form of entertainment is never acceptable and the video needs to be withdrawn. Sign Reist's petition today. Then go a step further. West and his representatives pay an exorbitant amount of attention to what fans say on his Facebook page and Twitter. Use your social media connections to tell them this is a decidedly unfavorable image for their client and needs to be rectified with something like "#kanyewest teach men to be REAL men, not cowardly monsters. Pull the "Monster" video and stop promoting sexual violence against your sisters."

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    Reasons for signing

    • Briana Garcia SAN ANTONIO, TX
      • over 3 years ago

      this is disgusting, i'm writing an essay on sex trafficking and kanye is on the shit list of people who promote this crap. anyone else who helps out with the videos and his songs also helps promotes violence agaisnt women!!!! i have a new persepective on jay-z

    • Mary Jones EQUINUNK, PA
      • over 3 years ago

      He is sick!

    • Christel Loll WINNIPEG, MB, CANADA
      • over 3 years ago

      Watching this video further desensitizes us to the plight of real women who are used and abused for men's amusement!!!

    • Danielle Rourke HAMILTON, ON, CANADA
      • over 3 years ago

      You are a role model, please be a positive one

    • Courtney Lam EUGENE, OR
      • over 3 years ago

      This looks like something a serial killer would do. WTF?!


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