What’s Current: Audio reveals late rapper XXXTenacion admitting to abusing his ex-girlfriend — ‘I will kill that bitch if she play with me’

Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy aka XXXTentacion (Image: Miami Dade County Corrections/Getty Images)
  • Audio has emerged of late rapper XXXTentacion admitting to assaulting an ex-girlfriend and stabbing nine people. Pitchfork reports:

“Discussing his ex-girlfriend, who he believed had cheated on him, XXXTentacion can be heard saying: ‘I put my source of happiness in another person, which was a mistake initially, right? But she fell through on every occasion until now. Until I started fucking her up bruh. I started fucking her up because she made one mistake. And from there, the whole cycle went down. Now she’s scared. That girl is scared for her life. Which I understand.’ Earlier in the recording, he said, ‘I will kill that bitch if she play with me.'”

  • The chair of the Senate judiciary committee has requested that the US Justice Department launch a criminal investigation into the allegations Julie Swetnick made against Judge Brett Kavanaugh. In a letter to the Attorney General and the head of the FBI, Senator Charles Grassley wrote:

“When charlatans make false claims to the committee — claims that may earn them short-term media exposure and financial gain, but which hinder the committee’s ability to do its job — here should be consequences.”

  • A new program is helping parents have conversations with their children about healthy sexuality and the dangers of pornography. Founder and anti-porn activist Gail Dines says it will help tackle what she calls the “public health crisis of the digital age.”
  • Ethiopia’s parliament names former top diplomat Sahle-Work Sewde the country’s first woman president.
  • A viral video documenting the brutal honour killing of a young woman in Syria is being met with outrage and horror.
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  • Of course, I do fully support Dines’ new educational program for the parents of tweens, but a few questions arise from Bindel’s article. What group of parents are likely to use it? Although any is better than none, I suspect middle class parents will have access and will be most likely to engage in “conversations about porn.” (& who else wd be in a “state of panic” over “appearing judgmental and moralistic” (ha)

    And although hard porn does dominate now as opposed say to the 1980s, soft porn has hardly disappeared. Its presence, in a sense, is everywhere, and I think it actually underpins much of the rape culture. If hard core is reaching the tweens, then soft core reached them earlier. I also think men in general demand soft core as part of their very broad sexual fantasy base.

    I also differ with the point that the religious view of porn (in similar programs to Dines‘) is simply “moralistic.” Partly because of the influence of feminism, religious criticism of porn does often have, to one degree or another, a pro-woman aspect to it. Even if just the word “respect” is used. And think of all the Christian organizations that work against sex trafficking, and others doing “rescue work” of prostitutes, which does involve offering real jobs and shelter. Christian org.s also provide about the only data bases on porn and prostitution use.

    • Rachel

      I Understand why hard porn is more of a public health crisis, but I agree, soft porn is still an issue, and in my opinion is the gateway. It’s still something that encourages men to believe themselves to be “visual” instead of experiencing a full attraction to an actual human being based on many different things, as women usually are. It encourages men to see women as objects, and not experience sexual attraction in its full sense. Hence women being obsessed with the way they look, and men becoming aroused based on only one thing (the way a woman looks) and then leading to the hard core porn that completely dehumanises women.

    • Rachel

      When you think about it, babies, as soon as they are born are taking in all of the soft porn images everywhere –
      On billboards and magazines and TV etc. kids are not as stupid as we all like to make them out to be. They are curious, and making sense of the world. And straight away they’re being brainwashed by soft porn images of women everywhere, from birth, all through childhood and tween and teen etc. boys learn to look at and for that, and girls learn to be that. The male gaze right from day dot. I hate soft porn. I blame the media and soft porn for all of my body image issues.

    • Wren

      Soft porn is mainstream advertising now. Everything is just ramped up.

  • Danny

    Thank you for sharing Julie Bindel’s article about Gail Dines’ program for parents. I have been looking for just this type of resource to help my wife and I when we inevitably must confront the issue of pornography with our children.

    The impact of pornography on children and adolescents terrifies me. I worry so much, for so many reasons, about the mainstream culture all our children will grow up in. Radical feminists have been a true life-saver in this regard. I am deeply appreciative of all your work, writing, and speaking, on this website and elsewhere.

    • Wren

      I hope you talk to other men about your legitimate concerns. This would help immensely.

  • unfashionable

    Not to either defend or damn Avenatti, but English-based legal systems are adversarial. So lawyers are required by professional ethics to be completely in their client’s corner, short of outright lying in court. This requirement makes any particular lawyer an imperfect agent of change or champion of justice, unless they have a perfect client — although the idea is that loyal advocates battling it out can help tease out what’s roughly true or just.

    And lawyers are entitled to be paid for their work.

  • Rachel

    Yep. Typical double standard that always seems to be in favour of males!

  • Jani

    The Stormy Daniels hush money story is probably not so big in the UK although it has been in the news. It was just another “oh no, not Donald fucking Trump again” story. The view of these US high profile lawyers is that they chase the money and that’s what they are in it for. I see the story more as showbiz than anything else. I believe Ms Clifford’s story, and I’m aware that she produces porn as well as having been a career “porn star” but is that actually relevant in the legal sense? If she was a nurse or a secretary and had been paid off and threatened the legal issues would still be the same, but it wouldn’t be as newsworthy or sensationalist. I don’t know much about the lawyer but I get the impression that he’s just chasing the money and raising his profile as a celebrity lawyer.

  • wasnamesareirrelevant

    We must stop using the phrase honour killing. Anything less honourable would be hard to imagine. Language absolutely matters. Dishonorable murder is accurate though lacks pith. But pretty much anything would be better than honour killing.

    • Tobysgirl

      I totally understand what you are saying, but I find the concept of honor to be abhorrent, so honor killing seems appropriate to me. The word honor is used to describe some of the most horrible aspects of patriarchy and is a bullshit word used by males in the military and private life to control females and lesser males. Every time I hear the word honor I immediately think violence.

      • wasnamesareirrelevant

        Yes, I can understand that point of view.

  • Tobysgirl

    I’ll make it a broader issue: Our children need to be encouraged in developing their bullshit detectors not suppressing them as is so often the case. I think children naturally recoil from people they find creepy and disturbing, but parents will insist their children be friendly even allowing touch the children don’t want. I did not like adult males (or even little ones particularly) when I was a child except for my daddy who gave good hugs and brushed my long hair. My parents could not understand why I shied away from a family friend then later my mother told me she suspected the guy was violent with his wife. Hmmmm? I knew something was off even if I was too small to understand.

    • FierceMild

      Yes. One of the small hard things I do as a parent is allow my daughter to react to people naturally. This sometimes means that when an old man talks to her at the grocery store she growls at him like a tiger and lopes away on all fours. Socially awkward for me, but important for her. It is hard to find the line of appropriate good manners.

  • FierceMild

    Dude, you are completely insane. This is not what people are like. Get off the MRA and PUA sites and go roller skating or something.

    Men cheating doesn’t improve their relationships, women cheating upsets their partners because it’s a breach of trust not because it messes with game theory. People who think like you and this dead rapper are outliers in asshole land not normal sane individuals.

  • wasnamesareirrelevant

    I’m going to assume this is intentionally funny, rather than you being unable to form rational thoughts.

  • Blazing Fire

    She didn’t even have an extramarital affair – _he_ _suspected_ that she had. But yeah, for all the screaming about “due process” in rape trials (which actually get a lot more than ‘due process’), these victimless (non-)issues of “cheating on partner” (victimless unless it involves STDs of course, which wasn’t the case here) must be dealt with instantaneously in a “shoot first, inquire later” style – but only men are allowed, obvs. Suspicion is rock solid proof (of a non-issue), and the punishment is brutal death – for the heinous crime of failing to grovel and puff up the male ego & convince the ever-suspecting dude that he is simply the greatest thing ever created, and hence will never ever be displaced from his GF’s heart.

  • Jani

    No need to apologise. You have raised my awareness of this guy and the role he is playing in advocating for women in the legal systems. As a consequence I read more about Julie Swetnick and other cases. I don’t support pornographers and it makes no difference to me that there are women pornographers. In fact I believe that pornography is playing a huge role in the normalisation of rape culture, toxic masculinity, sexual assault in the workplace, women and girls being trafficked for the purposes of prostitution. The common theme is the commodification of women’s bodies to be used and abused. The Stormy Daniels case is a difficult one for me to support although I believe absolutely in what she says. I can’t support her business interests, though.

  • FierceMild

    That is what I think of as well. Upholding what is morally right and just especially in the face of social opposition.