While watching the lovely BET Awards and listening to my father rant about the horrible role models the rap artist are for young men, it dawned on me that WE need to start holding our music artists more accountable.
Actually, this revelation was brought on by a tweet I read. It went something like “All ya’ll do is sit around and talk about rich people….”
This reminded me that these people aren’t rich because they made themselves rich, they are rich because we - the consumer - made them rich. They are public figures, which gives us the right to talk about them on twitter AND hold them accountable for what image they are bringing into our lives, and more importantly, the lives of the children.
When we go to McDonalds or Chili’s (clearly I’m hungry) we hold those corporations accountable for the service they give us and for the product they give us because we are paying for what we’re getting. The same idea goes for public officers like governors and representatives (think Weiner), we hold them accountable for their actions because we voted them into office. Without us, they are nothing.
Why then, do we not hold our music artist accountable for ”the product” they bring us? Yea, we hold them accountable in terms of quality of music. If a song sucks, we’re quick to let our friends and social media followers know. But for some reason, we don’t hold our msic artist accountable for the IMAGE they’re putting into young black people’s lives.
At our age, our minds are pretty set on who we are and what we want in life. Lil’ Wayne hopping around the stage at the BET Awards sagging is not going to influence the way I dress or act. But the same is not to be said for young, impressionable children. We all know that. We’ve seen kids who don’t even know what certain words mean repeat them just because they heard their parent’s say them. We’ve seen little kids who don’t really grasp what dancing like Beyonce means, shaking their little behinds all over the place.
What I’m saying is, parents, big cousins, brothers and sisters,etc. need to hold the music artists that are “role models” to black children accountable. There is of course something to be said about parents not letting their children watch and listen to these artists, and that, is VERY important.
But as a role model to millions of little impressionable black children, is it really wise to hop around sagging on the BET Awards, or have babies by like 5 different women just for the heck of it or…you get the point. Yes, these artist have the right to do whhatteever their little heart desires. But we have the right to not buy their music and not support them because of it. Maybe then they will take a second look at the public image they are presenting to the black community.
But of course, we don’t care about that. They’re selfish and so are we. We only care that he used a few clever similes over a really catchy beat. Who care’s that he’s ruininig the minds of the babies.
Bottom line is, we need to invest more in our future…a.k.a the childrens.