I think we can all agree that August was a bad month, right? It was the terrible cherry on a particularly shitty summer sundae. But this is September. And September is awesome. Football, apple picking, leaves changing, another celebrity saying something horribly offensive about rape. Damnit. I almost made it out of that sentence without a rape reference.
Cee-Lo Green took to Twitter last night to discuss the sentence from a no contest plea he made to charges that he supplied a woman with ecstasy. And just to be very clear, that’s ecstasy the drug not ecstasy the emotion. In fact judging by his tweets, Cee- Lo isn’t particularly concerned with his date’s emotional or physical states.
See Cee- Lo took a woman out on a date, and then this happened:
Police began their inquiry more than a year ago, when the unnamed woman told officers Green had slipped an ecstasy tablet into her drink as the two dined. She claimed she remembered nothing between sitting with Green at a sushi restaurant and waking up naked in the singer’s bed.
Sounds pretty rapey. Of course claims and accusations are not proof. The ensuing investigation didn’t yield enough evidence to support rape charges, but it did result in a drug charge. So Cee- Lo acknowledges they took ecstasy, but had consensual sex, he takes a plea deal for the drugs and that’s the end of it.
Ew. What? I’m not sure if I know what half of those arguments meant, but I know they grossed me out. That first one. Is he saying he tried to rape her, but failed? Because that sounds a lot like attempted rape to me. And the one about the house being broken into (again, thanks for the “women’s bodies as objects” metaphor). I think the “plausible proof” of rape is THAT THE WOMAN SAID YOU RAPED HER.
But definitely it’s his last tweet that’s making me the most confused/ icky. What do you even mean by that, Cee- Lo? Are you saying if a woman is passed out, she isn’t consciously present enough to consent? Because that’s our point. Or if she’s physically present, she is consenting? Because that seems to contradict your first statement. I don’t get it, and I’m not really sure at this point if I would like to get it.
Now just to be clear, Cee-Lo was not charged with anything, he was not brought to trial, he wasn’t convicted of anything. I don’t feel comfortable saying he raped anyone or that he is a rapist. But I do think it’s important that we acknowledge what we have learned from this whole story: Cee-Lo Green is a creepy bastard.
Source: The Guardian