Redfoo blames media, feminists, for 'Literally I Can't' controversy during Kyle & Jackie O interview

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Rob Moran

Redfoo with Play-n-Skillz and Lil Jon, the artists behind 'Literally I Can't'.

Redfoo with Play-n-Skillz and Lil Jon, the artists behind 'Literally I Can't'. Photo: @lookslikebliss

Singer and X Factor judge Redfoo has lashed out at bloggers, the media and feminist groups during an interview with Kyle and Jackie O on radio station Kiis 106.5 this morning, where he addressed the controversy surrounding his latest song, Literally I Can't.

Released earlier this week, the song's been accused of promoting sexual harassment and rape culture, with online groups calling for Channel Seven to sack the rapper from his role as a judge on the family TV show. Representatives for the rapper have even taken to sending legal notices to bloggers who've publicly criticised the song. 

"The women have gone crazy on me," Redfoo told the hosts, during the near 13-minute rant.

"What happens is we live in this society where it's about the blog … all these blogs are designed to get clicks. That’s the economy of these blogs and negativity gets attention and gets clicks.

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“Then what happens is, if you’re a blog writer, you have to do 25 articles a day … and you can’t plagiarise so you have to change it and refine it," he said. "I don't know how 'Redfoo' and 'rape culture' got into the same headline, but that's a clickable link. And then it got to the groups, the feminist groups that came in.”

Host Jackie O questioned the song's lyrics, asking Redfoo how listeners are supposed to interpret a song which features men telling women to 'Shut the f--- up'.

"I realise, maybe in Australia, 'literally I can't' wasn't a cliche, but there's a certain typical group, kinda like the 'Valley chick'... and it was sort of more a joke on that phrase," the rapper said, as he stumbled through an explanation. "It was a symbol of a negative person that came to crash the party. It could've been woman or male or anything, any sexual orientation."

During the interview, Redfoo also called out Jan Swilks from Collective Shout, who created the petition calling for Channel 7 to remove the rapper from the X Factor, which has since amassed over 19,000 signatures.

"The organisation - I believe it's a women - that did the petition, she wrote an article before the song ever came out about the 'S-L-U-T' word, so she had an agenda," he said. "And it spiralled, and I happened to be the biggest target. And I was like 'Woah, we were just trying to make a fun song, a party song... A woman wrote the treatment! [for the video]."

The remarks come less than 24 hours after the singer appeared to apologise for the track with a statement on his Facebook page.

"I get excited to create things that will unite all of us through laughter, dance & celebration," he wrote in the post yesterday. "If during that process I offend anyone, I apologize from the bottom of my heart. In the future I will be more mindful of the way I present my art."