Ask McFartnuggets: “Is it Racist to Hate Rap?”

Dear McFartnuggets: 
So every time I tell people that I hate rap they tell me I’m racist for that. Is it racist to not like music that all sounds the same talking about bitches, hoes, money, and cars? Is that racist?! I mean sure it’s mostly African Americans doing this, but I’m not racist against them I just hate their music. Is that racist? Please tell me. Is it really racist to hate music that degrades women and brags about frivolous expenditures of money? Is that truly racist? -- Nicole from Portland, Maine

Dear Nicole:
Hating an entire genre of music is in itself not racist, however it may be indicative of some prejudices. For example if you hated Chinese pan flute music and told people how much you hated it all the time, some people might assume you’re racist based on your strong negative feelings toward music so interweaved into a specific ethnicity or culture. Rap was created by black people so it’s their version of Chinese pan flute music. There’s really no reason to hate music. If you don’t like it, don’t listen to it. When you get into hating music then it’s often linked to other hate. For example, if you dislike Justin Bieber’s music, as most people with ears do, that’s okay, but if you HATE it then you probably hate Justin Bieber as a person. The only reason to hate someone is if you’re resentful of their existence. This may be for a multitude of reasons. Maybe you’re jealous they have success despite having little perceived talent, maybe you think they live life in a way you don’t agree with, maybe you just don’t like the way they look. Now to feel that way about a single person is okay, but to place that on a whole genre of music and subsequently a culture of people is worse. You can’t be surprised when that’s met with accusations of racism. In final answer to your question, no it’s not racist to hate rap, but it can be, and anything that can be considered racist usually is.

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