Writer’s Note: If it sounds like I dislike Cardi personally then understand that’s not true, and quite the opposite actually. I don’t know her from a can of paint, and it’s not even a position worth taking when no one person has clean hands, especially myself. But I felt it necessary to say something about this article. I may expand on it separately cause there were more than a few issues I had with it.
What happens when your favs or popular figures have troubled pasts?
We shouldn’t alienate people (in this case entertainers) with pasts who come from harsh conditions and succumb to them is what I’m getting from this. I could say a mouthful but this is problematic when we don’t analyze these things evenly.
Michael Jackson, Chris Brown, Kanye West, XXXTentacion, R. Kelly, Ross, Fab, Lil Wayne, Kodak, Jay, Bill Cosby and a slew of others all came from a background that may have shaped their behaviors. That’s life for you unfortunately. But are fans and the public at large not allowed to shame them and because of a past transgression, even if it caused real world harm?
Jennifer Youngblood, a C.I.A. spokeswoman, said the agency does not comment on pending court cases, but she noted that the C.I.A.’s most controversial episodes from the early cold war years, like Mr. Olson’s death, “have been thoroughly investigated over the years, and the agency cooperated with each of those investigations.”
I’m a he who is without sin kind of guy but there’s a thin line between public shaming and being dissatisfied with destructive behaviors, and for good reason.
Or…are they suppose to let things be, practice forgiveness (which is more useful than cancel culture) and partly because they just might be a result of structural issues? I don’t know. Some might see that as victim mentality.
But to continue.
All of them, including other controversial people, have said or behaved in ways that are or was considered questionable, but in the case of Cardi B we’re not discussing rap lyrics so there’s no real slippery slope worth worrying about (if there were one for example then I take it Spotify’s now scrapped hate policy that targeted specific artists is what was meant by slippery slope, or maybe this).
However, we’re discussing human behaviors (not rap lyrics which does deserve equal protection from censors) and if some people are held accountable for their behavior where others aren’t, and in spite of where they came from or how appealing their hoodness is, then what message are we sending? Are some behaviors more excusable than others and therefore deserving of a pass? Because I understand artists are all problematic in their own unique way. It’s why we separate the art from the artist, at least in a general sense.
But hood or not I think we’re making this out to being bigger than what it needs to, like people shouldn’t be held to account in some degree or be wary of what they say cause it could be used against them, when it is simpler to just be a better human and treat others with a level of decency that we would want in return, and being down on our luck is no justification for anything less.