Kanye West Adds Disclaimer to New ‘Monster’ Video — Watch
"The following content is in no way to be interpreted as misogynistic or negative towards any groups of people. It is an art piece and it shall be taken as such," reads a new disclaimer at the opening of Kanye West's 'Monster' video.
Six months ago, West's video for 'Monster' -- from his 'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy' album -- "leaked" to the Internet. While it seemed that the hip-hop A-list roster of cameos -- Jay-Z, Rick Ross and Nicki Minaj -- would be enough to catapult the video into headlines, it was the video's graphic imagery of dead women that caught attention.
Feminists, angered over the degrading portrayal of women in the clip, started an effective petition -- that has since amassed more than 5,700 signatures via Change.org -- demanding that Universal Music Group and West's management pull the video. MTV requested edits to the clip in order for it to be suitable for broadcast, and half a year since it's initial unofficial unveil, the 'Monster' video is back on the 'Net. The video went up on West's site Sunday (June 5).
In the edited edition, Kanye West is still seen in bed with two gorgeous dead women. He also holds a decapitated female's head in one scene. However, the women dominating men ratio seems to have gone up in the edited version; at one point a vampiric female is seen dragging a male corpse through a hallway.
The 'Monster' video still comes off as a modern day, post-'Twilight,' R-rated answer to 'Michael Jackson's 'Thriller.' But, instead of joining into a line dance, the monsters in West's video -- zombies and vampires -- do "what a muthaf---ing monster do," as Minaj raps.