Sad but true.
In the outro for his song “Wouldn’t Get Far”, The Game notes that he sees the same “bitches” dancing in videos for Snoop Dogg, Lil Wheezy—and for Hurricane Katrina coverage “floating away on the hood of a Camry”! A college student with a Katrinablog wisely asks:
Has hip-hop gone that far that even something as catastrophic as Hurricane Katrina is used as a punch line to degrade women?
Indeed it has! The track even features an amoral Kanye West, still somehow the patron saint of Katrina coverage, reveling in his promiscuity.
The “Wouldn’t Get Far” video doesn’t contain the offending outro and features some self-mocking, Pop-Up Video humor. Even this doesn’t balance the song’s abhorrent subject matter, though: calling out hip-hop groupies by name and repeating every sexually-based rumor about them. Kanye doesn’t list any specific golddiggers, but The Game seems determined to document as much slutty behavior as he can fit into four minutes.
I actually think keeping Katrina in the public eye is a good thing, and I’m glad to see it even under these circumstances. And I don’t necessarily think a song mocking the girls that bump-and-grind in videos is a bad idea. But there’s nothing good about what Kanye and The Game have done here. Shame on both of you!