Updated: Nov 21, 2019
Kanye dropped an album last Friday and the production was great, but I still can’t get with it.
I’m still mourning the loss of College Dropout Kanye, The Kanye who said Bush doesn’t like black people and rapped about our culture. I’ll even take My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy Kanye. That was a good album.
But, the Kanye we loved is now the Kanye who wears MAGA hats, who rapped about leaving us for a white girl, then actually did it, who said slavery sounds like a choice.
Without an apology, clarification or an explanation, he is back in our good graces because he created a star studded Sunday service and pop up churches. He reeled us in with religion and we took the bait. That may have been the whitest thing Kanye has ever done.
Maybe Chrisette Michele should’ve made a gospel album. I am one who thought Chrisette wasn’t canceled but perhaps, forgotten about. She’s not as big of a star as Kanye. Status is attached to the size of the forgiveness. The bigger you are the more you are forgiven. Chrisette isn’t a big enough star. We saved that forgiveness for Kanye, R-Kelly, and we would’ve forgiven Bill Cosby had he gotten all churchy on us.
R-Kelly still has fans. Now I won’t say that the love for R-Kelly is wrapped up in religion. However, we did turn a blind eye to his marriage to Aaliyah while we sang I Believe I Can Fly in church choirs all over the country. R-Kelly basically had an entire sex cult filled with young girls he repeatedly abused, and it took us decades to cancel him.
When I think about this more, I realize I was wrong. Chrisette Michele wasn’t just forgotten about. She was canceled.
Perhaps it had a little to do with where her celebrity falls in line, but we know it has everything to do with male patriarchy.
Kanye is no R-Kelly and Chrisette Michele is no Kanye, but she’s canceled? Why?
Why do women receive harsher punishments than men do for smaller offenses? Chrisette Michele is not trying to prove to us that we should vote for Trump while having Sunday service. The girl just wanted to sing a song. Did the black delegation like it, of course not, but she’s apologized, something Kanye has yet to do, and will not do. He’s out “spreading the gospel” while reminding us that it was the republicans who freed slaves, as if that is the reason why we should support Trump.
We have a low tolerance for women who’ve made a mistake or lashed out unless their mistake is wrapped in male patriarchy.
On the tv show, State Of The Culture with Joe Buddens, Remy Ma said, “It seems like in a lot of these alleged sexual assault cases, the women are asking for money. ‘Hey, give me money and I’ll feel better.’ To me, in any exchange with sexual acts of being compensated with money, that’s prostitution.”
Remy received some backlash but she’s not canceled. She excused rapist and rape culture by putting the blame back on the woman and so far, her career is fine.
So how do we fix this? How do we bring Chrisette Michele back into the fold? How do we protect black women (except Stacey Dash) from being canceled? In fact how many Stacey Dash type of offenses will Kanye have to make before we cancel him?
At some point, we should all think about how we have contributed to the evil that is male patriarchy. Who we have forgiven for the sake of a song, and fashion. We normalized the pain of young girls in order to bump and grind for the sake of men who don’t even love us.