No, We Can't Just Pay Attention to Their Music
Something about music makes you want to escape from reality and embrace the moment. We can’t do that all the time though. Reality has implications and consequences. So why is it that everyone’s superfan wants you to look past this and just enjoy the sound that these questionable individuals give to you.
There is no shame in finding yourself nodding to a song that you found enjoyable growing up – maybe it got you through a traumatic time, maybe Chris Brown's entire DVD box set of love ballads and songs about carnal sexuality is actually super-industry challenging – but to demand no one criticize the creator as if their success doesn’t sit on the brutalized backs of people who deserved more than just empty agony is deplorable. It is wrong and deplorable.
The amount of protection allotted by fans of Chris Brown is unreasonable considering his actions against two former lovers. Many men – both male and female – feel that his musical contribution warrant him amnesty.
Similar sentiments were held when XXXtentacion battered, imprisoned and strangled an unnamed victim, with his with the most disturbing details featured on BET for the interested or dramatically concerned. Even more likewise sentiment was held on the exposure of R. Kelley’s sex cult that is widely believed to control women through psychological, spiritual and mental manipulations; a revelation that should’ve been met with outrage and disgust, in the same light as the recent annihilation of the Hollywood culture of rape and assault, was instead met with unphased, unapologetic stanning (even though, we’ve all known of R. Kelly’s horrible culture of sexual abuses and depravities). And, I'm sure if we go far enough back Ike Turner had his defenders, and Bobby Brown had his crusaders.
These Stans think it’s okay, because it’s a celebrity, and they exist in a mythology that can’t affect us, right?
No. Not right.
Not a year ago, our country elected someone of questionable character into the white house all because some people liked what he was doing -- his rhetoric, his art. Now look at us. A year at the bottom of the global barrel. The butt of the world’s jokes. We can’t even talk down to any other nation’s crimes without the nation fairly turning around on us and wagging their fingers at us. And they’re right about it!
Yet, we are supposed to hold these musicians who don’t do nothing but mumble a quick few lines over a beats to a different standard? The bar is set too low as it is for these people to still trip over it and still be given a second chance. You don’t beat a pregnant woman and still get to be the person idolized or given the props. You don’t get to sexually assault women whom are under your protection and guidance as an employee and still get to deck yourself in every award and accolade in the industry. You don’t get to do something horrible to your lover, like beat them, like injure them, like betray their trust they gave you to never betray their bodies, and then play a victim a decade later just because you said sorry-kinda.
There exists groups who think it is allowed to be done, though, and that is not where music should be. Music shouldn’t hold people to a higher standard just because they’re musicians. But we should hold people to a higher standard because we are people. If we cannot look at a musician and go, “no, sir, you cannot rape a woman and get off and still get to be idolized and worshipped across the TL.” Then, what do we do to the people who aren't on a stage? If people standing in the public eye aren’t expected to act right, then the people in the darkness just feel that much more safer in their dark deeds.
Villains become the common people, and the common people become the victims.