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A Christchurch rapper is defending a music video that appears to condone rape, saying it was meant to be “funny”.

Calls have been made for Nick Gotti, aka “Era da Pimp”, to remove his song – in which he proclaims that he will take vengeance on a woman who refuses his advances by raping her – and to apologise.

The rapper is part of the Blacked Out City label consisting of DJs, producers and entertainers that started three years ago.

The video shows him at the Riccarton Races pretending to stalk women before interviewing them about their sexual preferences. Some women appear to be intoxicated.

Earlier this month a series of synchronised protests throughout the country aimed to “bust rape culture”.

Bust Rape Culture Now, a group that formed after revelations teen-group the Roast Busters were boasting online about group sex with drunk and underage females, organised the national day of action.

Protest co-organiser Ruth Amato called for a public apology from Gotti, for the “horrible” lyrics to be changed and for the video to be removed.

Gotti said that while there had been a lot of “haters” over the video, he had no plans to change it or remove it.

“I don’t think rape is cool . . . I realise now it’s not the best thing to say but I didn’t mean go out and rape someone. It’s just meant as funny rap but I should have known better.” He said he believed in “artistic freedom”. – stuff.co.nz


I wonder if he’s mates with a DJ that likes his “artistic freedom” too, as long as they’re forced into kneeling in front of him.



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