Rapper Kevin Gates exploded the internet in controversy today after a shocking video shows him kicking a female fan in the chest after she touched his leg during a live show in Florida. (scroll down for video)
And although the impulse is to presume the woman is the default victim (under the assumption women are, on average, weaker and daintier than men), is it possible he was just reacting in self-defense?
Now, technically, the female fan, whose name is “Og Brianne” (not sure how you pronounce that first name), did reach out and touch Kevin before he ever touched her. And her touch was clearly a form of sexual harassment—albeit the most minor form. She was ogling her rapper-idol and, like any infatuated woman at a concert, found him attractive enough to reach out and try to get a handful of a man she probably’d never get close to again.
My point is: no matter how innocent and insignificant Brianne’s touch of Kevin’s leg, it nonetheless qualifies—legally—as sexual harassment.
Ironically, my Google search of the definition for “sexual harassment” returned this:
Notice how the definition emphasizes, in subtle little parentheses, “typically of a woman”. Okay, sure: men are horny pigs and women are prude flowers uninterested in sex, okay, whatever.
So, if Brianne sexually harassed Kevin, then is he entitled to defend himself? Feminists are quick to point out the evils of victim-blaming—you know, like advising women to take practical, sensible steps to avoid getting raped. So isn’t it victim-blaming to place all the scrutiny on Kevin even though he was clearly the victim of Brianne’s sexual assault?
I mean, take a look at all the “victim-blaming” taking place on Twitter:
Now, look: I understand women are generally weaker than men and, as a result, society likes to sexistly give them a pass under the presumption men are so much better than them. That’s fine.
But the problem is, we live in a post-feminist world that constantly pushes mantras about “gender equality” onto the masses—the same mantras that strive to hold women to the same standard of conduct and responsibility as men.
So was Kevin Gates acting in justifiable self-defense? Personally, I probably wouldn’t have kicked a girl just for touching me, but then again, I’m not a famous rapper. I haven’t performed at hundreds of shows and likely dealt with half a dozen women inappropriately touching me every night. I could imagine if you had to deal with that on a daily basis, it could get frustrating.
In fact, this isn’t Kevin’s first physical clash with women he claims unjustly touched/provoked him at shows. It seems he has a very short straw when it comes to strangers touching him—and hey, isn’t that his right as an individual?
This is actually a pretty difficult case for me to make a conclusion about, because I think self-defense should be calibrated in proportion to the initial aggression inflicted upon you. Like, if a 90-year-old woman grabs your ass, I don’t think you should knock her out with a punch to the jaw.
But my personal preferences on how I think self-defense should be carried out is just that—my preference. If someone else is that offended when touched, although I’d think they’re pretty unstable, I can’t say it’s not their right to be so offended by a touch as to justify kicking a girl in the chest.
Interestingly, earlier this year, another black musician by the name of Afroman completely clobbered a woman for a questionable offense:
Watch the full video of rapper Kevin Gates’ kick here: