Researchers from the University of Bielefeld in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) unveiled a study on Tuesday examiningyouth susceptibility to anti-semitic and misogynistic messaging in so-called gangsta rap lyrics. the genre is popular with young Germans.
“the study provides the first empirical evidence that gangsta rap prepares the breeding ground for later entrenched anti-semitic attitudes,” said NRW Anti-Semitism Commissioner Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, who sponsored the study.
“We must not stand by while musicians propagate anti-Semitism and indoctrinate young people with lyrics that glorify violence and are misogynistic,” she added.
What is the research based on?
the report, based on interviews that researchers conducted from 2019 to 2021 with some 500 participants between the ages of 12 and 24, found that those participants who said they regularly listen to gangsta rap ascribe great authenticity to artists, despite the fact that these are largely pop characters marketed by record companies and streaming services.
“Our results show that there is a direct connection between the consumption of gangsta rap and the tendency to share anti-semitic and misogynistic statements,” said Marc Grimm of the University of Bielefeld.
What did researchers ask German rap fans?
Participants were also asked to interpret texts, images and videos. moreover, demographic data was also collected, registering levels of education, family income, media consumption and media competence.
js/wmr (dpa, KNA)