Critics call Kanye West’s “dead model” video vile

Critics are calling Kanye West’s new music video Monsters “vile” and “misogynistic.” Dan Gainor of the Media Research Center says: “Women in nooses, dismembered body parts, blood everywhere, violent and foul lyrics. In a sane world, this wouldn’t sell one copy. His latest video gives us a peek into his mind and soul and, frankly, it’s a dark, disgusting place where women are victimized and their bodies are treated as props for the ‘monsters’ singing,” Gainor explains. “In this case, Kanye did his best to out-vile the competition. What next? Live human sacrifice?” However, Kanye calls the video “art,” and Los Angeles-based entertainment and pop culture expert Jenn Hoffman agrees, saying “The model corpses represent women who are beautiful, but ‘dead inside.’” This comes on the heels of Rihanna being criticized for her latest video called Man Down, in which she murders her rapist after hunting him down with a gun. Have you seen either video? Art? Or appalling?

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  1. Angela • June 9, 2011 @ 12:21 AM

    I don’t like Kanye West or his music, and I believe the video is probably vile, but that woman has a point, if he’s trying to show that models are dead inside because they’re all show and no substance. Which could mean he’s saying he’s dead inside too.

  2. jeff • June 9, 2011 @ 12:29 AM

    sigh Angela you just gave Kanye what he wanted, attention. HE is the male Lady Gaga.

  3. Joshua • June 9, 2011 @ 9:40 AM

    Their Jobs are to push the envelope, I mean its ok for all those TV shows that deal with murders,(you know its up to a million of them by now) but when a singer comes up with it its sick?

    I’m not saying i like the Music or the Video but Comon, you watch Criminal Minds, Bones, CSI, Breakout Kings….All About sickos that need to be put in their place, when Rihanna makes a song about vengeance or Kayne West reaches into that dark place (that we all have) and pulls out some Art, its just sick?

    Double standards i say. What about all those Indie horror movies or even the mainstream ones. Do we boycott them or any reason? I mean they come up with the sick s*it we all know and love. Would you categorize Stephen king as sick?

  4. carter • June 9, 2011 @ 9:58 AM

    i completely agree with joshua

  5. bob • June 9, 2011 @ 11:39 AM

    don’t like Kenye’s music or any junk he puts out, gives music a bad name, just gross,cut the crap and do some good stuff.

  6. jjones • June 9, 2011 @ 12:48 PM

    Unfortunately this is the stuff kids like these days and I really wish there was a way to limit what the younger ones have access to, whether it be TV shows or Music Videos. If the message is right and it is clear what that message is, then I can understand, but if the message is mixed up then we need to think about how things are presented to teens today. Just sayin.

  7. lowie • June 9, 2011 @ 1:20 PM

    i don’t like him period.

  8. Sol • June 9, 2011 @ 2:18 PM

    Yep, Joshua summed it up – back in the day the Beatles did a photo shoot that had them in butcher’s gear amongst bloody (but obviously toy) baby parts – Artists sometimes do weird dark things, what’s the big outrage?

  9. Sandra Barber • June 9, 2011 @ 3:37 PM

    What about the handsome (or not so handsome) men that are ‘dead inside’and that are interested in these beautiful’but dead inside’ women? Many men do not care about the ‘inside’, it is the outside that they want…like a trophy they ‘won’ (usually by being rich). It makes me laugh when men complain about being f—– in a divorce or break up. What do they expect when they married a f—, that is what they get!

  10. Donna • June 9, 2011 @ 4:24 PM

    hey…Dont insult GaGa by comparing her to this classless ass…..LOL

  11. 0fjwe0f • June 10, 2011 @ 4:50 AM

    LOLOLOLOL @ even insinuating the idea that it’s vile. Go watch A Serbian Film, now THAT’S VILE. Conservatives always have something up their ass.

  12. C-Dub • June 10, 2011 @ 12:19 PM

    I agree with Joshua except the part where it’s their jobs to push the envelope. It never was that way before. It was about making their own style of music. To out do each other is not supposed to be the name of the game. We are supposed to listen to the music and identify with the lyrics, or dance, or some people cry, but to try and out do each other can lead to bad things. Like ‘I’m more gangsta than you’, so then if the music isn’t gangsta enough, then let’s carry guns and swear and claim to do lots of nasty things to out do the other, then do videos of death and mimic in real life what their music is about. We are in a dark age of music, been that way for a while now.

  13. Parry • June 10, 2011 @ 1:32 PM

    Kanye West is vile. I can’t understand any celebrity who would want to be associated with him at all. I hope the rumours about one of the Olsen twins dating him aren’t true.

  14. gbh999 • June 10, 2011 @ 3:38 PM

    If people keep on buying this shit, he calls music, he’ll keep on going up to the mike. I don’t give this moron any creed. Now, if someone out there, would give some guidance to the young black kids, maybe these talentless superstars, will fade away. No money… no funny…

  15. Olive • June 10, 2011 @ 9:36 PM

    I agree with Joshua. If tv shows, books, and movies can go to a dark place, why cant music videos? Although kids shouldn’t watch this stuff. Nobody wants their kids to experience dark material.

  16. Debbie • June 15, 2011 @ 4:47 PM

    He is a sicko.

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