The Sexist

Date Rape Anthem: LMFAO’s “Shots”

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I'm grateful to commenter DJ Ri-Mix, who offers up another date rape jam for our collection: "Shots" by LMFAO and featuring Lil Jon. This one is a doozy, ladies!

Date Rape Anthem: LMFAO's "Shots," an ode to repeatedly ingesting one-ounce doses of liquor. And cock-sucking!

Relevant Lyrics:

Shots shots shots shots shots shots
Shots shots shots shots shots
Shots shots shots shots shots

Everybody
The ladies love us / When we pour shots
They need an excuse / To suck our cocks
We came to get crunk / How ‘bout you?
Bottles up / Let’s go round two

Why It’s So Rapey: Hold up—that was round one? We're only at round one, and all the ladies who previously had no intention of sucking LMFAO's cocks have already found an excuse to do so? WTF happens in round two?

The women come around everytime I’m pourin’ shots
Their panties hit the ground everytime I give em shots
So cups in the air, everybody lets take shots.

In-da-club vaginal penetration, I'm guessing.

I kind of get LMFAO: They're a couple of hipster hip-hop boys, so when they do shit like name themselves "LMFAO," and appear on the Kardashian sisters' reality television show, and go to Canada, and rap about receiving oral sex from drunk chicks, their tongues are at least a little bit in-cheek. Still: Proudly proclaiming that women "need an excuse to suck our cocks" and trade their panties for liquor isn't exactly LMFAO-out-loud funny—it's actually been done before, guys, and peppering your babe-a-licious video with some hipster sensibilities doesn't magically transform a Lil Jon song into satire.

  • kza

    Unless the woman in question weighs 40 pounds and the date rape hapoens within a few minutes of the alcohol taking effect, I hardly think it's possible that the scene described in this song could result in date rape. This is the least rapey date-rape-anthem yet. I know it probably makes your ears bleed listening to hip-hop today to try and find a date rape song, but please dig deeper!

  • really

    I am a 24 year old woman, and I enjoy this song. It's just for fun, there is no harm in it. I am a survivor of rape, and rape did NOT cross my mind when I first heard this song. It still doesn't.

  • http://maedchenmannschaft.net/ Helga

    Um, kza and really, I think you're missing the broader point: If you have sex with someone who needs an excuse or blame for having sex, there's something fundamentally wrong. Consent should read "I have sex because I want to have sex" - and "I have sex because I am drunk" doesn't mention the want-part. There's no more consent, it opens the door to "get someone drunk in order to have sex with that person" and that would be what? A non-consensual drunk hook-up?

  • Former Staffer

    why do i hate hip hop? oh yeah.

  • kza

    So when I drink a lot and have sex with a girl I wouldn't normally want to have sex with I am raping myself the next day when I tell my friends I only did it because I had to many shots?

  • http://jennyknopinski.wordpress.com/ Jenny

    kza, yes that is exactly what is happening. Bravo.

  • cminus

    I sort of fall between really and Helga on this. The song itself doesn't necessarily seem date-rapey, but could deal with women who want sex but feel that they can't appear to want sex, because they've been conditioned to believe that women who want sex are sluts. So they get drunk to have an excuse to do what they really want, and that's neither good nor healthy but the sex itself is not rape. On the other hand, intoxication is a major weapon in a date rapist's arsenal, and anything that encourages women to drink immoderately in public settings makes that weapon more useful until such time as everyone grasps that "intoxication means no".

    And the song itself is pretty mediocre.

  • kza

    I think they want to fuck the guys but need to drink enough to make their song better.

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  • hey

    Sorry, but these two assclowns, the marginally talented LMFAO: their stuff is very, very sexist; I would say that it is downright misogynist. I cannot access this particular video, so I cannot comment on whether they are peddling "date rape", but I can say that 1.) I have seen their other stuff (sat through it without vomiting, surprisingly) and my above assessment is based on that and 2.) these two losers got famous via nepotism: they are the son and nephew of Berry Gordy: yes, THAT Berry Gordy, the founder of Motown Records. Stefan and Skylar Gordy (their real names), are quite fake-ass with their hardcore handshakes and street slang as they most likely grew up in the lap of luxury. They pool boy/butler/team of maids/other servants may or may not come from the ghetto, but these two jokers have probably been driven AROUND it all of their lives.

    I strongly suspect, upon graduating from their elite high schools, they spent their years from ages 18-35 (35 is about how old they are now) sitting in their underwear in front of the TV all day, every day consuming mass quantities of gonzo porn. This MUST have been their preparation for their "carrer" that showcases their mediocre talent.

    To Former Staffer: I understand your view, but don't write off all of hip-hop becuase of losers like these two.

  • anonymous

    Personally, I love this song. The point is that it's a parody. When I first watched the video, I wondered if it really was that ridiculous, but at the end, it's obvious that it's not serious. It's a joke about all those songs about nerdy guys who have alcohol and are now the coolest guys at the party. The point is that it's stupid.

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