The New York Times and the New Yorker won a Pulitzer Prize this week for their coverage of sexual abuse on the same day that Kendrick Lamar became the first rapper to win the prestigious award. Here are laudatory quotes about the sexual-misconduct Pulitzer, alternating with lyrics from Lamar’s prize-winning album, “Damn.”
“For explosive, impactful journalism that exposed powerful and wealthy sexual predators … bringing them to account for long-suppressed allegations of coercion, brutality and victim silencing, thus spurring a worldwide reckoning about sexual abuse of women.”
-- Pulitzer public-service citation naming Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey of the Times and Ronan Farrow of the New Yorker.
Kendrick Lamar Lyric:
Today is the day I follow my intuition
Keep the family close – get money, fuck bitches.
-- From the song “Yah.”
''By revealing secret settlements, persuading victims to speak and bringing powerful men to account, we spurred a worldwide reckoning about sexual abuse that only seems to be growing.''
-- Dean Baquet, executive editor, the New York Times.
Girl, I can buy yo’ ass the world with my paystub
Ooh, that pussy good, won’t you sit it on my taste bloods?
-- From “Humble.”
“Grateful for every brave source, for Jodi and Megan, and for a tireless @NewYorker team that stood by this story when others tried to bury it. This moment gets called a reckoning, but we just started telling the truth about old abuses of power. Thanks to all who keep doing so.”
-- Ronan Farrow on Twitter.
Girl, you look so good, it's to die for (die for)
Ooh, that pussy good, it's to die for (on fire)
-- From “Loyalty.”
“Without the reporting of the @nytimes and the @newyorker—and the brave women and men who spoke up about the sexual harassment they endured at the hands of powerful men—there would not be the critical national reckoning underway.”
-- Eric Schneiderman, New York state attorney general, on Twitter.
If I gotta slap a pussy-ass nigga, I'ma make it look sexy
If I gotta go hard on a bitch, I'ma make it look sexy
-- From “Element.”
“I happen to be at @washingtonpost today and can report that the newsroom cheered when Kendrick Lamar’s name was announced.”
– Irin Carmon, MSNBC reporter, on Twitter.
Drippin' gold inside my DNA
Power shows inside my DNA
Real nigga in my DNA
Ain't no ho inside my DNA
-- From “DNA.”
ICYMI: "Kendrick Lamar just won a Pulitzer. ... How is that not progress?”
– CJR (Columbia Journalism Review) on Twitter.