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A Letter to Jamie Foxx

             I'm writing to you regarding your hit single 'Blame It,' released in 2009. Firstly, I'd like to say that I am a fan of your skill. Your passion for the art and your raw vocals are both unique and entertaining in a way that is unparalleled in the industry. I watched you perform on the Jimmy Fallon Show last year and found you extremely talented and very down to earth. For someone who has come so far, it's only right to say congratulations and thank you for sharing your adept talent.
             A few days ago, I was skimming through my music and came across 'Blame It'. I listened to it for old time's sake, but this time I actually registered the lyrics. I've only ever heard the song in the back of a restaurant or the context of a dance, so I've never had the chance to concentrate on the lyrics. As your words bounced through the air, my body engulfed feelings of anger and fear; I was shocked. .
             The most surprising aspect wasn't that it was a #1 hit or won a Grammy, but instead was that the song is about rape and majority of your audience is oblivious of that. Kids of ages 12+ blast your music on the radio and bob their heads to the tune, unaware of the implicit meaning of your word. Honestly, it's the perfect song to dance to, whistling along, feeling the adrenaline in your blood. But- and when you're a 16 year old who is a female rights advocate, there's always a 'but'-the lyrics enforce a horrific image.
             I came to the realization that the song has a very different message to what I originally perceived it to be. I never in my wildest dreams would have thought the content to be so overtly sexual and introduce so many problematic messages when it comes to sex and consent. .
             The song begins by stating that you, Mr. Foxx, are aware of the girl's thoughts and negligence but choose to ignore them. The lyrics illustrate that the girl is putting up a 'front' and lying to herself about not wanting to participate in intercourse.

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