August 14, 2018

Kanye West Admits to Objectifying Women in Porn, Despite Having Two Daughters

Kanye West recently appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! where they discussed Kanye’s most recent album. Kimmel asked Kanye about one of the songs on the album, “Violent Crimes”. The song is written as a letter to his five year-old and six month-old daughters. In the song, Kanye begs his daughters to not grow up too quickly because he fears men will begin to objectify them. He raps in the song,

“Curves under your dress, I know it’s pervs all on the net
All in the comments, you wanna vomit
That’s your baby, you love her to death”

Kanye is imagining how sick he’d feel over seeing perverted men on the Internet objectifying his daughters.

In response, Kimmel asks Kanye, “Do you feel like your attitude towards women has changed since having daughters?” Kanye’s response: “Nah, I still look at Pornhub.” To make matters worse, Kimmel and Kanye proceeded to discuss Kanye’s favorite categories of pornography. The exchange was met with a round of awkward laughter and applause. Pornhub later thanked Kanye on Twitter and offered him a free lifetime premium membership.

Kanye West should take a look in the mirror. On the one hand, he decries “pervs all on the [Inter]net” objectifying his daughters. On the other hand, he admits to going on the Internet to objectify other people’s daughters. Kanye is being blatantly hypocritical, and the audience simply laughs it off. Objectification is no laughing matter, and countless people have been deeply wounded by the porn industry. A psychological study found that objectified persons are denied personhood and given lower moral status by their objectifiers. Multiple scientific studies have also shown the harmfulness of pornography, including its addictive nature and links to sexual violence and infidelity.

Kanye being on Jimmy Kimmel Live! makes the entire situation deeply ironic as well. Jimmy Kimmel made headlines earlier this year when he hosted the 2018 Academy Awards. In his Oscars monologue, he addressed the growing #MeToo scandal in Hollywood. While happy #MeToo was receiving the attention it deserves, people were quick to call-out Kimmel on his own hypocrisy. Kimmel co-hosted The Man Show, a show about beer and half-naked women, from 1999-2003. The show was extremely objectifying of women and promoted a culture of male sexual entitlement.

Once again, Hollywood shows their tone-deafness with respect to sexual harassment and assault. In the era of #MeToo, comments like Kanye West’s are inexcusable. Kimmel’s producers should’ve known better than to air that part of the interview given the #MeToo scandal. North and Chicago West deserve to live in a world free from objectification. Their father should take his own words to heart and stop objectifying women through pornography.

Ben Miller

Former Digital Strategies Coordinator

Ben joined the National Center on Sexual Exploitation as Digital Strategies Coordinator in July of 2018. As Digital Strategies Coordinator, Ben raises awareness for issues of sexual exploitation through digital media, email marketing, and website development. He works to create a community of activists who are enthusiastic about combating sexual exploitation and changing culture.

Ben earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He graduated with Honors in the Liberal Arts and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. During his college career, Ben spent a semester studying in Washington, D.C. and interned for a member of Congress. On campus, he actively sought to change Greek culture, especially with respect to sexual exploitation, through his membership in Phi Kappa Theta fraternity. Ben also supported his peers who were afflicted by the harms of pornography through a weekly men’s purity group.

Ben’s deep commitment to fighting sexual exploitation was ignited in part by the work done by NCOSE. While writing a research literature review for a public policy class in college, he came across Porn Harms Research and the initiatives being carried out by NCOSE. Ben, a strong anti-pornography activist at the time, began to learn more about the connections between all forms of exploitation and how prominent these issues are in today’s society. He devoted himself to raising awareness about the web of sexual exploitation and is deeply grateful for the work NCOSE has done on these issues. Ben is excited to be a part of the team at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation and to contribute to this important cause.

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