The online music media are buzzing about a newly circulating video that allegedly shows GBE affiliate and Def Jam signee Lil Reese assaulting an unidentified woman in what looks like a private residence. As MTV’s Rob Markman reports, the young rapper took to Twitter and apparently confirmed that he is the person in the clip, or at the very least conspicuously failed to deny it:
“The haters tryna see a mf Dwn lol Dey gotta b broke and bored wanna upload sum sh— from years ago damnn we winnin it’s 2 late…#3hunna,” he wrote. “Dis wat doin betta den da next mf bring small s—- it’s nothin time 2 turn Uppp f—- it…#3hunna.”
The video is ugly and disturbing—which is why it’s not included in this post. As deplorable as it is, I find something equally unseemly about reposting the video with no accompanying information, except maybe some hand-wringing about how violence is bad. A few sites—including Brooklyn Vegan Chicago and Vibe—have said that the victim is rumored to be the mother of Reese’s child, but that’s the only attempt I’ve seen to provide context for the video or determine what happened to those involved.
The video keeps getting recycled, though, because Reese is a public figure—and for the same reason, this story is news, even though it’s hardly good news. But the video itself isn’t the story, and won’t be unless Reese is arrested or prosecuted as a result of its existence. It’s lowbrow clickbait, and as far as I’m concerned, reposting it turns any accompanying condemnation of the culture of violence into sanctimonious nonsense. I’ve decided not to link to any of the sites that have embedded the clip (the MTV report is one of the few I’ve found that doesn’t); anyone interested in seeing the video should look elsewhere.