Dating violence music videos
The Crystals, “He Hit Me (It Felt Like A Kiss)”Though intended by writers Gerry Goffin and Carole King as a sympathetic story—inspired by their onetime babysitter, pop singer Little Eva—about an abusive relationship, 1962’s “He Hit Me (It Felt Like A Kiss)” was largely perceived as an endorsement of domestic abuse.To be fair, the lyrics do seem to glorify the relationship, as a woman exults in her lover’s reaction to her infidelity: “If he didn’t care for me / I could have never made him mad / But he hit me, and I was glad.” Music spookily arranged and produced by—you guessed it—Phil Spector. Bessie Smith, “Outside Of That”Blues legend Bessie Smith beat The Crystals to that sentiment by decades: Her 1923 song “Outside Of That” writes off her lover’s abuse as just one minor sticking point in their relationship. heartless and also cruel,” she’s so swept up in their passionate love life that she’s willing to forgive him his bouts of violence. When she tells him, “for fun,” that she’s leaving him, he blackens both her eyes, blinding her, then pawns everything he ever gave her…That is a major victory for victim advocates who have tried for years to get dating partners covered under the domestic violence battery law.Then, the Senate reversed its May 23 "no" vote and approved House Bill 27, which would extend domestic abuse battery laws to LGBT couples. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in 2015, the DA has worried that Louisiana's domestic violence laws restricted to partners of the opposite sex eventually would be ruled unconstitutional.Proponents of HB 27 worked after the first defeat to better educate members on the importance of the legislation, and it paid off. First, every person who's in a relationship ought to be protected equally by the law. Connick filed the bill at the request of his brother, Jefferson Parish District Attorney Paul Connick Jr. That could leave all domestic violence victims without protection of the law, at least temporarily."Everybody needs to be protected no matter what your sexual orientation. Patrick Connick, a Marrero Republican who filed HB 27, said earlier. If that happened, victims who are already in danger could be at greater risk of harm.“He’ll find out when I pull the trigger.” Like the other songs on Lambert’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, “Gunpowder & Lead” presents her as a kick-ass chick with a hair-trigger temper—definitely not the type an abusive man should come home to when he makes bail.
If abuse laws were ruled unconstitutional, it could be particularly dangerous for victims immediately after an act of violence.Even if they didn't address the issue directly in their videos, plenty of other acts have also written songs about dating and married violence, from Sublime ("Date Rape") and Nirvana ("Rape Me" and "Polly") to Christina Aguilera ("I'm Okay"), Tori Amos ("Me and a Gun"), Suzanne Vega ("My Name Is Luka") and Em's own "Kim." Nickelback sang about personal violence on their first major album, Silver Side Up, on the song "Never Again," which had harsh depictions of domestic abuse, and though the original video was never officially released — a live version was issued instead — it can still be found online.While Em's "Lie" has mostly been praised for its serious handling of the issue, another often controversial artist, shock rocker Marilyn Manson, was widely panned for his ultra-violent "Running to the Edge of the World" clip, in which he seemed to be glorifying violence against women by beating up on a bloodied female who resembled his then-ex-fiancée Evan Rachel Wood.Our list of 10 Powerful Domestic Violence Songs includes tunes about spousal violence, child abuse and other such subjects.Scroll down to see how musicians confront this complex and troubling subject, and for more information, visit the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.