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Hip hop star Akon dry humps 14-year-old onstage

Senegalese recording artist Akon, who recently performed with Gwen Stefani on American Idol, gave more than a concert in Trinidad.

He told the audience that he was going to have a dance off, and the winning young woman would receive a trip to Africa. Seven got onstage and danced and he picked one as the winner.

The problem? It was all a con. The “winner” was 14 — and the prize was to be dry humped all over the stage by Akon. It’s after the flip. (Trinidad Express):

The crowd roared their approval of the eventual winner, who was then taken two short steps “to Africa” by Akon and promised that she could name her prize herself, if she defeated the best of Africa: none other than Akon himself.

Later on, Akon would have his way with the petite young lady: turning, twisting and even flipping her body, while mimicking sexual positions and acts all over the stage for three consecutive rounds.

His DJ, Virgin Islands native Benny D, even joined in during the second round and together they sandwiched the young lady on the floor of the stage. In the end, Akon declared himself the winner, even though the crowd adjudged that his female volunteer had won the contest.

Akon, who collaborated on the track “Smack That” with Eminem, has a single, “Don’t Matter”, that is currently ranked number one on the Billboard World Singles Chart.

I’m no prude, but this stuff is off-the-hook bad. One, where were the parents? Apparently her father, a pastor at the unfortunately named Flaming Word Ministry of Chaguanas, is outraged enough to bloviate to the media, but what was she doing at the concert to begin with — she’s a minor.  Akon’s whole sham contest to allow him his moment of personal exhibitionism and use of young ladies as sex toys is just rank, IMHO, however, if the women are of age and want to consent to debasing themselves onstage, that’s their right. But a 14-year-old? And what about the clubs?

If Akon wants to have a simulated sex show onstage, fine, then the club/concert needs to have an age requirement and carding, otherwise he can simply say “she didn’t look underage.”

[UPDATE: The club has an 18 and over policy. The club owner, Johnny Soong, saidWe do check persons IDs. Obviously she got through the crack. Except that he goes on to say that no one on Trinidad usually carries ID on them. Therefore, obviously it renders an ID policy useless.]


[UPDATE 2: The girl surfaced to comment, and look — she’s the one apologizing (!):

“I was shocked when Akon pulled me to dance. I did not know what to do and with the crowd cheering and stuff I guess I got a little carried away but there was nothing I could have done about it. I was in a state of real shock.”

…”I am so sorry about everything and I am sorry for disappointing my parents and my brother Ian, who is a public figure in his portfolio as the president of the Trinidad and Tobago Crime Watch. I will learn from this experience for sure. This week was the worst week of my life,” she added. She was interviewed at the Crime Watch office in Chaguanas.

The article, which heaps a lot of blame on the victim here, also reported that her parents knew she was going to that concert. She’s a child — all the adults are the ones who need to take responsibility for this situation.]

The misogyny and sexism continue, regardless of color.

UPDATE 3:  In searching for blogging about this story, there’s an incredible dead silence on big lefty blogs. Why am I not surprised?

Sadly, this stuff gets called out by the right oftentimes because they are racist (see Malkin, Freeperland), to underscore and support their own view of minorities as evil, oversexed, violent, etc. Prior to the Imus debacle, the major lefty blogs largely steered clear of race issues re: misogyny in minority culture for fear of appearing racist (something I’ve blogged about many times), blacks in turn only confirmed this feeling by being defensive about “airing cultural dirty laundry “and hearing any social commentary by The Man. The third rail then paralyzes the discussion in the progressive community; meanwhile, women of all colors are treated like crap and it gave Imus the license to try to excuse his comments on the backs of the pathology within hip hop.

Let’s just say that if it was, oh, Toby Keith (or insert some other right-leaning entertainer) caught doing what Akon did on video, the lefty blogs would be all over it because of the political slant, not inherently because of the misogyny, though that would be politically correct icing on the cake. Once you add race, particularly when the misogyny is minority-on-minority – all bets are off, the progressive crickets chirp because of the racial discomfort involved.

H/t, Robin.

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