vanessa satten

Vanessa Satten

*The Color of Change organization has started an online petition calling for the firing of XXL Editor-in-Chief Vanessa Satten.

They want her head because under her watch the magazine/website posted a video of 45-year-old rapper/pimp Too $hort advising young boys on how to “turn girls out” and “take it to the hole.”

Yep, you read that correctly.

The video – which features $hort advising middle school boys to “take your finger and put a little spit on it and you stick your finger in her underwear and you rub it on there and watch what happens” – has resulted in the suspension of several unnamed XXL staffers and apologies from both Too $hort and Satten.

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Too $hort

CoC says not only is the graphic monologue is disturbing, so is the willingness of Harris Publications, which owns XXL, for giving that kind of dangerous rhetoric a platform.

On its website, the organization says:

“Join us in calling on Harris Publications to fire XXL Editor-in-Chief Vanessa Satten, who presides over the workplace culture that allowed such a grave misstep. When we do, we’ll send a message to the entertainment media industry that we won’t be silent when it broadcasts commentary that promotes sexual violence against girls and women.”

You can see/sign the petition here:
http://act.colorofchange.org/sign/protectgirls?akid=2364.1450147.bDnXGB&rd=1&t=3.