Harassment Gets a Bad ‘Rap’

Lady Gaga made headlines when she called for an end to sexual assault with her chilling track, “Til It Happens to You.” But recently, another musician has had enough with sexual harassment, and he’s taken to social media to get his message across.

According to The Huffington Post, frontwoman for Brooklyn-based band Dirty Projectors Amber Coffman tweeted on Monday, Jan. 18 that music publicist Heathcliff Berru has sexually harassed her in a New York bar. She was at once joined by others who shared similar stories, spurring Berru’s prompt exit from his position as CEO of Life or Death PR.

Within the 24 hours it took for Berru to step down, many of his clients parted ways with the former-CEO, one of whom was rapper Killer Mike. Taking to Twitter on Wednesday, Jan. 20 to express his feelings over Berru’s actions, Killer Mike explained that although he supports his friend, he gave him “an ear-full” about his behavior — or lack thereof.

Killer Mike concluded his string of tweets that began at 10:49 a.m. and ended at 10:52 a.m. by saying, “My real desire is to see These women Whole healthy and rocking out like great artist and members [of] the culture.”

While his social media postings seemed to end there, Killer Mike wasn’t quite done — on Wednesday night, he published a lengthy post on his Facebook account, clarifying that he “stand[s] in solidarity with the women that have spoke out.”

This time, the rapper summed up his comments on the situation in this way: “Men have to be able to tell our friends and peers when they’re wrong. We cannot just say, it’s not my problem. We can’t expect [people] to improve if we’re not willing to hold them accountable and push them to be better.”

Thank you, Killer Mike, for encouraging men to be a part of the solution to the harassment problem.


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