Kanye's Dead Model Video 'Vile:' Critics

'Monster' music video slammed as 'misogynistic'
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 7, 2011 10:55 AM CDT

(Newser) – Models clad only in stilettos hang from nooses. In bed, Kanye West drapes the lifeless arm of one dead woman over another. Disembodied limbs, dead hands trailing the floor, vampires gorging on pretty ladies: Model corpses are basically everywhere in West's new video for "Monster." Is it any surprise it's being called "vile" and "misogynistic"? "His imagery and lyrics go beyond legitimizing violence to women—they fetishize it," one activist tells Fox News.

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"In a sane world, this wouldn't sell one copy,” says a media expert. The "appalling" video "gives us a peek into [West's] mind and soul and, frankly, it's a dark, disgusting place where women are victimized and their bodies are treated as props for the ‘monsters’ singing. ... What next? Live human sacrifice?” But West calls the video "art," and at least one expert agrees with him: "The model corpses represent women who are beautiful, but ‘dead inside,'" she says. (For more video brouhahas, check out Rihanna's latest.)

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