In recent months, increasing attention to celebrity sexual abuse involving entertainers like R. Kelly and Michael Jackson has called into question how mainstream culture often silences victims of these assaults and protects abusers. More importantly, fans and supporters are often complicit in protecting sexual abusers in the name of fandom. In this dialogue, we will discuss the intersections of pop culture and rape culture and how this moment challenges us all to take stock of our roles as listeners and viewers in perpetuating the violence.
Jenn M. Jackson is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago where she has also received a graduate certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies. She will be joining the Syracuse University Department of Political Science as an Assistant Professor in August 2019. Jenn’s research is in Black Politics with a focus on group threat, gender and sexuality, public opinion, political psychology, and behavior.