Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Not Rape if Unconscious
Yesterday, singer CeeLo Green tweeted a message that roughly said "It is not rape if the person is unconscious." His Twitter account was temporarily shut down and he did apologize about the tweets. He was going to have a reality tv show, "The Good Life", with TBS. Thankfully, TBS cancelled the show in light of these accusations.
Green tweeted those ignorant comments while he was on trial for giving a woman ecstasy before going back to her hotel. The woman in question remembered going to dinner with him and then waking up naked at her hotel with no recollection of the events in between. He tweeted, "People who have really been raped REMEMBER!" "If someone is passed out they're not even WITH you consciously! so WITH implies consent."
He compared his definition of rape with a home burglary. "When someone brakes on a home (sic) there is broken glass where is your plausible proof anyone was raped."
In a burglary, there might be broken glass as evidence of burglary. But when the victim is unconscious, there's no proof of invasion without consent and "not with you" consciously. Basically, if the person is knocked out, the perpetrator has permission to do whatever. Same as if a house has the door wide open and the house is empty.
Green tweeted that his comments were taken out of context before closing down his twitter account.
On Friday, the judge sentenced him to 3 years of probation and to be registered as a controlled substance offender.
Celebrities sometimes say the stupidest things. It's a good thing the new "Yes means Yes" law on sexual consent will be passed. The only problem with the law is it'll be a battle of which person do we trust? He said yes, she said no or she could have said yes, and other possibilities. There will not be any witnesses. Plus, asking for permission for sex between lovers ruins the whole "let's have sex" moment.
On a side note, a group of North Carolina State students is developing nail polish that will change colors in a drink if the drink has date-rape drugs such as Rohypnol, Xanax, and GHB. It's called Undercover Colors.
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