They say, “Everything that glitters ain’t gold…”…
and I say, “Everyone who is a celebrity isn’t a role model… “.
Artists in the entertainment industry are just that, artists. Often with stage names, their art can be different from who they are as a person.
I think we all forget to see past the stage and into the eyes of beings who are human, who are just like we are, but on a different path. The pressure to put forth their art while walking on egg shells for the sake of reputation and influence is something serious.
Has society put the pressure on them to do so?
You may be tired of hearing about them, and I was too, simply because what needed to be said has yet to be spoken, written or televised.
Let’s make this clear, I am not for domestic violence, or any form of violence. I like to believe I am logical when need be and most of all, fair.
We all know of their incident some time ago, which has constantly been bought back to the forefront, especially when Chris seems to be doing or TRYING to do him and/or his work, music and entertainment.
Chris has constantly been provoked if you ask me. It is almost as if people want to bring lower vibrations out of him; both anger and rashness, the same vibrations they bashed and ridiculed him for acting out.
Chris and Rihanna are both in their 20’s, the years we’re typically told are the times we’ll live and learn, find ourselves and all the other hurdles that come with maturity. Why does it seems both Chris and Rihanna were stripped of this? No? Is it because they happen to be in the spotlight? That makes the pressure of your 20’s a bit rougher if you ask me.
Almost as if time doesn’t exist, like they’re not living by age, but by lifestyle.
When media got hold of what seemed to be a forgiving Rihanna, after (allegedly) staying in Miami with Chris not too long after their pow-wow, they began to come at her for not being a positive influence for females who look up to her, as well as not taking a stance against domestic violence.
How typical is this though? This, being couples of ALL ages going through different disputes, unfortunately some being physical, and then getting back together? Why were they chastised to such degrees? And if anyone feels so adamant about ANYTHING in this world, why wait for something to happen for any voice to rise other than your own? Why not stand up for what you believe in, firmly? Why knock those who do not? Instead, hope that you influence them to do so. If you do ridicule others for not acknowledging or rallying the cause, are you putting more of your energy into people who do not care versus gathering the voices of those who do?
There is always work to be done.
What either party said or did will never be known in its complete truth, only they were there. That is not my place to say who is what and why. What I will say is, WE are, as parents, aunts, uncles, siblings, mentors, neighbors, etc., here with the young men and young women the media is worried will be improperly influenced.
It is OUR duty to make sure that the youth can and will decipher entertainment and influence.
Just as we go to our jobs, and more times than not, “act accordingly”, these artists do the same. That is their job, their means of income; it is what they do… entertain. That does not necessarily include truth in image, or lyrics for that matter.
Being in the Spotlight does not make them Saviors of OUR children.
Granted, people would be ecstatic to see artists take a stance and to use their power in such a way (which some do); however, it does not make them any less of a person because they stuck to doing their job… entertaining.
I find it interesting and amusing how people gravitate to the drama as much as the reunion. What about what’s in between?
We, as a people, have to learn and make habits of seeing the glass half full AND half empty, understanding the better in it being BOTH ways. Whether siding with optimism or pessimism in the situation, being able to possess a roundabout view of things!
This is the beauty of criticism.
You, the criticizer, can take what you do not necessarily honor or agree with and then present a different view, not to be deemed right or wrong, but perhaps a better or simply… more comprehensive way to view things.
Point being, expecting seems to be the issue.
Let us bring up our youth in a manner that allows them to be armed, not shielded, in the many situations life will present to them. Armed in such a way that they can decipher the “either/or” in circumstances, from their backyards to the media…
Written By: Starr A. Moore