"It's an ideal situation for men to take advantage of young girls," Powers said in the documentary. "Sexual predation, a disadvantage of pop music, is so old. This has been going on for decades, centuries. "

When Chance the Rapper said this in the last episode of the documentary, he spoke of a more serious problem: black girls are not believed when they talk, and they undergo "adultification," which means that they do not feel like they are in the dark. they are perceived as older and less innocent. as white girls, so there is less shock when they are sexualized.

This was supported by research, particularly in a 2017 study Published by Georgetown Law which revealed that adults consider black girls as "less in need of protection than white girls of the same age," according to Rebecca Epstein, one of its authors.

A Article of opinion Times this week raised the film "NO! The documentary on rape"Created 20 years ago by filmmaker Aishah Shahidah Simmons. At first, he was rejected by the distributors. In 1998, an HBO executive told Ms. Simmons, "Let's face it, very sadly, most people do not care about rape of black women and girls. there will not be many viewers who will be listening. "

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In an essay This week, my colleague Aisha Harris, a TV editor, examined how "two cultural touchstones" helped make people laugh about Mr. Kelly, helping to shape the public's perception of charges.

The first was a 2003 sketch of "Chappelle's Show" entitled "(I want to) piss you, "Which parodies a widely circulated sex tape that seemed to show that Mr. Kelly was urinating on a 14-year-old girl. The second was a 2005 episode of the animated series "The Boondocks" entitled "The trial of R. Kelly, In which a main character, a boy named Riley, defends Mr. Kelly saying, "I saw this girl! She is not small. I am little."