Unless you live on the dark side of the moon, by now you’re aware that Jay-Z recently announced a partnership with the NFL, despite his vocal disapproval of the entity’s antics revolving around Colin Kaepernick, athletes taking a knee during games, and yeah you know the rest.
And while I gave Mr. S. Dot Carter’s announcement a bit of a side eye and kept it moving, I watched as the interwebs exploded with disapproval and disappointment; with some folks referring to him as a “coon”, denouncing his efforts to bring awareness and action to social justice issues, and attempting to “cancel” this man.
And this is why I’ve called The Lady Writes congregation to the blogiverse this week …
Because if you believed that Jay-Z was some sort of social justice Jesus …
I want you to email me for my cashapp info …
Because I have a bridge for sale right now for a great price.
So let’s go on a trip … complete with bullet points … because if your attention span and schedules are anything like mine … you’re probably reading this on the toilet … and I have a limited amount of time for this discussion …
This week, we got 99 problems, but this problem you have with this Jay-Z “problem” … shouldn’t be a damn problem …
Americans Are Way too Obsessed with Celebrity
Sometimes I shed a little thug tear when I think about our obsession with celebrity. I mean, I have literally seen people compare Beyonce to Jesus. JESUS, people! And while I’m not a Christian by any stretch of the imagination, I can tell you that THAT is certainly a false equivalency.
Don’t get me wrong, she sings and dances well and I’m prone to do a little bop (or a big one) when she performs, but Jesus, y’all. These people who are paid to entertain us.
They are not deities, political leaders, or anything other than people who get paid to sing and dance well.
And because of that, I was never looking for him to do anything but that.
That’s it and that’s all.
So the fact that anyone would look to them for anything other than that is insane to me.
Well not really, I mean … considering who our current president is … but that’s another story for another time.
The People Saying the Most are Usually Doing the Least
Ok, let’s unpack this one a little bit. You see someone online writing a damn diatribe about the coonery that is Jay-Z. You inbox him to ask him what he’s done for the community in the last few years. I want you to wait for the crickets to come out of your screen.
You see, people will shout and scream and talk a whole bunch of shit about what should be done and then do absolutely NOTHING!
And in a way, most of us are guilty of this.
Think about it? The absolute murder of unarmed black and brown people at the hands of the police pisses you off, right?
Did you take time off work to go to a protest?
Did you do anything to effectuate change in your community?
Nah, well neither did I.
And while that hurts to type that, it’s the truth.
So we complain, but little people actually do anything. Which brings me to my next point. If you can do something, why can’t we do what we can with what we have?
If He Can’t Contribute Anything, Why Can’t He Contribute Money?
Ok, so he’s not Jesus and he’s not a political leader, but what he is is rich! And what he can do is contribute money to a worthy cause. So if this man can make a “deal” with an entity that will help to generate income to improve the community, why is that a bad thing? I mean, isn’t he a black man. Doesn’t he have a place in this community? And while that place may not necessarily be on the front lines of a protest, every solider has a role. So why should we demonize him if his role is financial?
After all, “I can’t help the poor is I’m one of them.”
And on that note, I’m out.
Until next time folks,
Stop thinking these celebrities are any more than just what they are,
And learn to “use” people for their value,
Love and Light,
What did you say?
You miss me when I’m gone?
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