Cardi B challenges us and our answer will be revealing.
Undoubtedly, the most pressing issue of the era of Me Too, and this moment in pop culture, when Internet hunters are constantly jumping through celebrity records, is now worn over one of the hottest goods of the music industry: Do I Have Bad Behavior in the past of an artist disqualifying her from the popularity in the present?
In this case, the previous sins of Cardi are the least terrifying. The three-year video at Live Instagram came up again this week when the rapper discussed the man's drugging and robbing to "survive" during his days as a stripper. I had to go, Yeah, yeah, you want to find me? Yes, yes, yes, let's go back to this hotel, "Kardi said on the video before admitting that he would subsequently drug and rob the men.
In response to the controversy, Kardi published a long statement at Instagram explaining that he was "a part of hip-hop culture where you can talk about where you come from to talk about the wrong things you have to do to get to you. "I never glorified the things I brought in this live, I never put these things in my music because I'm not proud of it, and I do not feel responsible for not glorifying it," she writes. ̵
Her statement flirted with quasi-defense of behavior, claiming men were people they met and were" knowingly willing and conscious. " "Which is clearly not true if they were drugged. In general, however, her answer is a clear expression of regret, although the behavior in question remains contradictory. "All I can do now is to be better for myself, my family and my future," Kardi said in the picture.
This strange situation raises questions about double standards for men and women (Would we forgive the male celebrity if you have Sex differences?), And let people parallele Kardi and other celebrities like R. Kelly whose sins have existed in the past and continue in the present). But it also includes one of the greatest celebrities in today's (c) irreconcilable behavior. How will it work?
At this point, Kardi's career seems good, which is probably the right result, given her remorse. But is it easier because we do not want to deny it? Without direct comparison of their violations (which are not comparable), it is still worth noting that the change of R. Kelly has been repulsed long after his career has reached its peak.
Of course, Kardi has actually shown remorse, but it is fair to wonder whether he would be good enough for someone less popular, especially given the seriousness of the violation he recognized. Kevin Hart, another megastar, lost his concert for the Oscar for much less, and like Cardie regretted and promised to do better.
For good or bad, people caught in Hart-like circumstances will now be able to say: B, drugged and robbed men, why are they punishing me? – The precedent is on the line …
There is also a question about her current character. I'm sure Cardi's graphic verses in "Please Me" are more than enough to disqualify her from the rotation of many people. However funny, there is obviously a legitimate argument that we will all be better without Cardi B at the top of the charts.
Even if you can go through this, there is a legitimate question as to whether it is moral to stimulate the career of someone who drugged and robbed people, even years ago. To this end, I recently came across an essay in Spin published after Michael Jackson's death in 2009. One particular part stands out:
Iconic pop stars must be strange and unknowable for which we pay them. They should not write their observations in their 140 phonograms at the same time; they have to shoot their TVs and compare favorably with Jesus and gather African babies at will and sleep in hyperbaric cameras with well-dressed chimpanzees and, unfortunately, kindergartens. Because we can not. We need them to live a life we never know, a life we should not know; to be, if not above the law, then surely beyond the pale.
In order to be quite clear, the author of the lifestyle for kindergartens is absurd. We are not "maybe, unfortunately," we do not need this from our artists, we never have, and we will never do it. But I think the bigger point is.
If it was not crazy, Cardi B would be much less destructive and interesting – and the boring pop stars are a whip. People who produce insurmountable work are not perfect and their lives will never fully meet our standards of moral behavior. We all have shortcomings and performers exist to help us work through these flaws; sometimes it may be worthwhile to learn from their mistakes.
The key is to consume their work when it is justified, not allowed, deliberately or otherwise. It's a tough navigation business, but it absolutely includes removing incentives for future abuse and keeping bad actors behind the responsibility for the past. As we work on this, we can try to adjust our moral standards to make senseless foolishness out of charts first.