Assault Don’t Come For Free – Why Would You Pay The Game?

Last week, an Illinois court ordered rapper The Game to pay $7.13 million, finding him liable in a sexual assault case. But don’t worry; you have a chance to chip in and help him from his legal woes – and many already have.

The former G-Unit man, real name Jayceon Terrell Taylor, hits The Wright Venue on December 22, with the Swords superclub reporting more than 75% of tickets have already been snapped up. Funnily enough, they were less eager to respond to this reporter’s questions about promoting a man fresh from a sexual assault case.

Repeated requests for comment from both The Wright Venue and its owners, The Wright Bar Group, have not been returned at the time of writing. Maybe they’re busy putting the finishing touches on the posters for An Evening With Brock Turner, presumably coming soon.

After all, isn’t that where we’re at? From archaic abortion law to a lax judicial stance on rape and sex crimes, we already have a pretty shambolic record when it comes to women’s rights; now, we’re going to put The Game – weeks removed from the court’s damning findings – on a stage and venerate him, applaud him, and pay handsomely for the privilege?


There are very serious questions to be asked of those responsible for offering him the platform, equally pressing questions for the punters queuing up to make that $7.13 million judgement a little more manageable – which they’re doing one €327 table at a time – and some genuinely difficult questions for a city and a music scene unnervingly silent about a truly unsettling situation.

It’s not OK to not care about this. It doesn’t matter if you were never going to attend in the first place, or haven’t even heard of The Game; if you’re a member of civilised society, you must recognise the crystal-clear fact that it’s not right.

Earlier this month, we watched aghast as the United States seemed to legitimise Donald Trump’s frightening and abhorrent attitudes towards sexual assault – or at the very least turned a blind eye to same. Presented with the chance to vote with our wallets and feet, it seems that plenty of people in Dublin are happy to follow their lead.