And I think it is ridiculous that Kamala Harris can claim to be for equal rights and present herself as a feminist, yet also presents herself as a Snoop Dogg or 2pac fan. The two are mutually exclusive.
No, they're not.
First of all, equal/feminist rights includes embracing your sexual proclivities. If being a submissive sexual partner is a woman's thing, and hip-hop lyrics are a turn on for her, that's valid and feminist. Feminists do not have to be asexual, nor do they have to be dominatrices.
Second of all, she only named two of the biggest names in hip-hop ever. There are cultural connotations there that I can sense but can't unpack because White Girl.
The cultural connotations I can unpack are pretty glaringly obvious. Snoop and Pac are two of the biggest rappers that have come out of California - Harris's home state and the state she represents - but that aren't the artists who did **** Tha Police (she was California's AG, after all). Nowadays, Snoop is every stoner's cool baked uncle, and Harris is pro-legalization, which was what the interview was all about. And Pac is pretty much a martyred saint.
Third, problematic faves are definitely a thing. I do worry about what young kids and particularly impressionable adults think when all they hear on the radio is songs about sex and being sexy and always being sexually available and nothing else (and that goes for top 40 pop and top 40 country, too, the entire Holy Trinity of radio is highly problematic at this point in time), and I also worry about what this is doing to the historically over-sexualized perception of black girls in our culture, but that doesn't mean that I don't put on a full, overblown, both parts lip-sync performance whenever Yo Gotti's Rake It Up comes on.
The way the majority of feminists seem to be dealing with living in a misogynistic music culture, myself included, is by supporting artists, usually underground artists, who make music in the genre you like with lyrics you can actually get behind, and enjoying the problematic stuff sporadically. Thankfully, that's actually possible these days with how equalizing internet streaming has made music consumption. Hopefully, the more we support it, the more the non-problematic stuff becomes more mainstream. This is why I cheered when Kacey Musgraves swept the Grammys, and Janelle Monae finally blew the **** up after being slept on for years. The shift is happening, it's just happening slowly.