NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – “Legitimate Rape” has gone viral.
Aspiring actress and musician Taylor Ferrera was taking the train back to New York City from her childhood home in West Virginia Monday when she heard about Rep. Todd Akin’s controversial comments.
“It seems to be, first of all, from what I understand from doctors, it’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut the whole thing down,” the Republican Senate candidate from Missouri said in an interview.
The comment prompted a political firestorm. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said he couldn’t defend Akin’s comment, and ultimately suggested Akin step aside to make way for another Senate candidate.
For 24-year-old Ferrera, the remark provided inspiration.
“It’s just so easy to satirize something like that, it’s insane,” Ferrera told CBSNewYork.com. “I got home, started playing around musically.”
At around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, Ferrera posted her video satirizing the remark on YouTube.
“It is too ridiculous not to be made fun of,” Ferrera said. “I also think that the majority of people on both sides disagree with what he said. It does bring to light an idea about rape that is obviously out there.”
The lyrics, in part, read as follows:
How can you tell if it’s legitimate rape?
I’ll tell you how to spot legitimate rape.
You’re not sure if you got legitimate raped?
Well here’s a little lesson for you.
Tell me if the following things are true:
I was a little drunk
I knew the rapist well
My skirt was kinda short
I’m married to the man
That’s a husband’s privilege!
“It’s kind of from that naive point of view… that I totally buy into that nonsense that there’s legitimate rape and illegitimate rape,” Ferrera said. “There are plenty of excuses that people can come up with. That’s where the sarcasm comes from. It’s a dangerous path to go down.”
Ferrera, who lives in Astoria, said she wrote the song in about 40 minutes. She believes she spent more time on costume changes and putting the video together than on writing it.
It was picked up by several sites and quickly went viral. By 4 p.m. on Wednesday, it had more than 100,000 views.
She first knew something unusual was up while working at her job at Bubba Gump Shrimp Company in Times Square.
“I started getting notifications on my phone, my email was absolutely blowing up,” she said. “I have gotten some emails from people who want me to perform at shows. I’ve had someone come up to me to start writing for movies. It is kind of overwhelming in the best way imaginable.”
Ferrera – who has posted more than a dozen often-political songs to her YouTube channel – says she intends to keep them coming.
“I’ll look for more opportunities for that, because I think that strikes a chord, and people responded to that,” she said.
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