April 19, 2007, - 3:18 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
A number of people have been sending me a video of rapper Akon having simulated sex with an underage girl on-stage at a Caribbean “concert.” And others are suddenly up in arms about his music.
While a number of other sites have posted the very graphic and disgusting video, I’m not because it’s in extremely poor taste. If you must see it–and you like minstrel shows mixed with child porn and molestation–it is here.
But I wonder why everyone is suddenly up in arms about Akon. Like, where were they for the last several years as Akon was repeatedly hitting the top of the charts. For the fourth straight week, Akon tops the national radio airplay chart, according to Nielsen BDS, Arbitron, and “Radio & Records.”
But it’s not the first time. He’s repeatedly achieved these heights or close to them for the last few years.
I’ve been following his career because not only is he disgusting, but he’s a Muslim who bragged he had three wives on a New York radio station, and then his record company, Universal, made him shut up about it.
Although Akon isn’t just any Muslim, like many Muslims born here, he’s an anchor baby Muslim. His father is a Muslim from Senegal–whom he bragged also practiced polygamy–made sure Akon was born here in the States to get him U.S. citizenship. But he was not raised here with American values. Akon–whose full name is Aliaune Damala Bouga Time Puru Nacka Lu Lu Lu Badara Akon Thiam–was raised in Senegal as a Muslim with Muslim “values.”
Akon is a convicted felon, who spent five years in prison for armed robbery, distribution of illegal drugs, and auto theft. He was also involved in a drive-by shooting. And not only that he’s an ex-con, he’s proud of it, with a hit album entitled “Konvicted,” a hit single, “Locked Up,” and two companies, Konvict Muzik and Kon Live Distribution. Another hit single, “Smack That”–well, you can imagine what it’s about: rough, graphic sex.
And not to forget Islam, he also has raps praising his chosen religion as well, amidst the vile other stuff on his CDs.
The biggest outrage about Akon is not that he’s openly pushed and accepted by the music industry and Black–and WHITE–America, but that he was recently featured on FOX’s top-rated “American Idol,” doing a “duet”–if you can call it that–with singer Gwen Stefani.
When I saw Akon on “Idol,” I could hardly believe my eyes.
“American Idol” is watched by a lot of young, impressionable kids. It’s marketed as a wholesome show, which has kicked off a number of contestants who’ve been involved in far more minor crimes than Akon and even a woman who was once in lingerie online.
So why would “American Idol” give the floor and exposure to Akon and pimp him on America’s kids.
Only the people at FOX know for sure. But they and “Idol” producers ought to be ashamed.
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