By Ryan Velez
Posted May 11th 2018
Madame Noire reports that singer Ashanti recently shared a Me Too story of her own, talking about a producer who’s attitude quickly took a shift after she rebuffed his s*xual advances.
The story was shared during an appearance she made on SiriusXM’s “Conversations with Maria Menounos.” According to Ashanti, the producer’s interest was clear, but she turned him down when he made his move. “Once I said ‘no,’ all of a sudden the track became $45,000,” she said. “It’s funny because he said something like, ‘Well just take a shower with me and let me do this.’” After a discussion with her brothers, the producer apologized, and Ashanti got a bit of a happy ending for the story. “I actually got three records for free! And I got two of them mixed and mastered for free also.”
This may be the beginning of the eyes of the Me Too movement shifting its gaze from the film and TV industries to the music industry. We recently covered how Cardi B pulled no punches on similar activities going on in her experience in a recent Cosmopolitan interview.
“A lot of video vixens have spoken about this and nobody gives a f***,” she said, referring to harassment faced by women who star in music videos.
“When I was trying to be a vixen, people were like, ‘You want to be on the cover of this magazine?’ Then they pull their d**** out. I bet if one of these women stands up and talks about it, people are going to say, ‘So what? You’re a ho. It don’t matter.’” Cardi mentions how she has serious doubts that the movement is going to catch on in the hip-hop world. While she doesn’t go into why this is the case explicitly, there are some differences. #MeToo gained steam when several prominent women in Hollywood came forward, using their platforms to target abusers. By comparison, hip-hop doesn’t have as many voices with as much power. Yes, there are female artists, but what about female faces behind the scenes and at the record companies?
A major reason why people get away with these actions is the fear of the abuse that could end their career. Not to mention, a lot of the faces of the #MeToo movement are white women versus the women of color that make up much of the hip-hop world. Cardi B goes as far to cast aspersions on the male supporters of #MeToo across Hollywood. “These producers and directors, they’re not woke, they’re scared,” she said.”