Restore Dyckman Marina

Explicit Music Videos

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 “You was in La Marina all summer”

 French Montana, ‘Cuffin Season’

Screenshot from R+B Bitches (MTV)

Why is Parks allowing explicit music videos to be filmed at a Parks site or use its logo? (MTV, “R&B Bitches, Screenshot @1:17)  Click on image to enlarge

Public Parkland is being used to promote violent and misogynist behavior.

A number of highly offensive, racially derogatory and misogynistic music videos have been filmed at the parkland concession site located in upper Manhattan.

Since 2012, La Marina has played a starring role in at least four major commercial music videos that make explicit references and depict numerous images degrading woman, promoting guns, violence, drug and alcohol use.

The videos raise serious questions regarding revenue tracking, prior approvals, alcohol promotions, gun violence and clauses in the license agreement limiting the use of offensive material.  These videos also raise serious policy questions regarding the appropriateness of allowing city parkland to be used for such purposes, and promoting the image and likeness associated with a park concession (a concession which, according to the RFP, the accepted bid, and the final contract was supposed to be simply a restaurant and a cafe).

Public parkland should not be used to promote violent and misogynist behavior.

Concession logo is prominent at 1:57 and 3:00 mark. When I Feel Like It – Fabolous/2 Chainz. (YouTube) Click to enlarge

1) When I Feel Like It – Fabolous/2 Chainz – lyrics

A particularly offensive video filmed prominently in the beach area. Chorus “Kill these N****s when I feel like it.”   Murder and explicit language and threats against women.  Lyrics include explicit language, F**k, N*****r, B***h,  used liberally.   Sexually suggestive content including woman servicing a man.  Several references to guns.  Concession is mentioned by name in the video:  “I don’t know what you got going on over there man but I think you need to get up to the Marina right now.”  The concession logo is used several times.
Lyrics include, “Grandma bought me a hand bible, I bought me a hand rifle.” “Now I got ‘caine, like a walking stick, shoot you for a argument” The video contains dozens of images of alcohol use.
"Kill these hoes when I feel like it."  - 2:13.  When I Feel Like It - Fabolous/2 Chainz  (YouTube)  Click to enlarge

“Kill these hoes when I feel like it.” – 2:13. When I Feel Like It – Fabolous/2 Chainz (YouTube) Click to enlarge

Screenshot from When I Feel Like It (YouTube)

Life Imitating “Art”? Several videos shot at La Marina promoting “gangsta” lifestyle make explicit reference to guns, including “When I Feel Like It” – Fabolous/2 Chainz. Lyrics include “shoot you for an argument”.  A shooting resulting from an argument later occurred at the concession on July 13, 2014.  (YouTube)  Click to enlarge

 

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1:57 The concession logo is used several times. -R&B Bitches – French Montana/Fabolous (YouTube) Click to enlarge

2) R&B Bitches – French Montana/Fabolous – lyrics

Filmed at the Marina dock, the video contains explicit language, sexually suggestive content and several references promoting guns are featured throughout this particularly offensive video.

Lyrics include, “Fell in love with my AK.”  F**kin’  bitches is used numerous times. Concession logo used several times.  Alcohol is featured prominently.

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“Fell in Love with my AK” – 1:55 (reference to AK 47 assault rifle) -R&B Bitches – French Montana/Fabolous (YouTube) Click to enlarge

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Cake Vineyards brand of while wine is prominently featured. -R&B Bitches – French Montana/Fabolous (YouTube) Click to enlarge

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A lingerie clad woman filmed at the Marina dock site. Sexually suggestive content is found throughout the video. – R&B Bitches – French Montana/Fabolous (YouTube) Click to enlarge

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“Shooting myself… – 3:09 -R&B Bitches – French Montana/Fabolous (YouTube) Click to enlarge

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Cuffin’ Season screenshot. The La Marina logo is featured prominently several times at the beginning of the video which leads into the first lyrics of the recording,”These hoes keep calling, I ain’t picking up.” (YouTube). Click on image to enlarge

3) Cuffin’ Season – Fabolous – lyrics

Uses multiple shots of site including an aerial fly over of the beach/concert area in the introduction. The video contains explicit derogatory and misogynist language.  N…r, Bitch, f..k are amply used throughout the video.  “These hoes keep calling, I ain’t picking up” is the chorus. Alcohol brands and sexual imagery are used liberally. There are several gun references.

Lyric “You was in La Marina all summer” became a Twitter catchphrase.  The offensive video continue with a take off on the syndicated show Cheaters.  Concession logo is used several times prominently at the beginning of the video.

"He paid for the shots" at 2:11 mark of Cuffin' Season (YouTube) Click on image to enlarge

“He paid for the shots” at 2:11 mark of Cuffin’ Season (YouTube) Click on image to enlarge

Screenshot from Give it All to Me (YouTube)

Screenshot from Give it All to Me.  The concession logo appears at the 25 second mark. (YouTube)

4) Give It All to Me – Mavado/Nicki Minaj – lyrics

Filmed almost entirely on location in the concession beach concert area and Marina docks.  Concession logo is used.  Explicit language including derogatory word for women, lyrics promoting promiscuous behavior The video also contains dozens of images of alcohol use.

"Tell them with a shot…"    At 1:13 into the video several participants mimic shooting guns accompanied by distinct shot- gun sound effect.  (YouTube)  Click on image to enlarge

“Tell them with a shot…” At 1:13 into the video several participants mimic shooting guns accompanied by distinct shot- gun sound effect. (YouTube) Click on image to enlarge

Did Parks approve these video shoots?  Why?  If Parks did not approve, how could this activity have taken place under their noses, repeatedly, without any sort of discipline or controls?

Restoring the original intended and approved uses of a restaurant and cafe will remove much of the desire by nightlife entertainers to film at the site and perpetuate negative behavior on public parkland.

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