As a fan of Beyonce and Kanye West, I do try to remain “objective” whenever I seriously talk about their music and public personas. It is the fact the criticism they receive is often disproportionate to what their contemporaries receive. I am not excusing what she does but Beyonce is not the only pop musician who has shady writing credits, yet people act like she is only one, and the outrage she received singing “Run the World (Girls)” and the way people were talked about how she displayed her sexuality was not okay, especially once you factored in how little political feminist dissenting chatter happened over Gaga’s “Born this Way” and Katy Perry’s “Firework”. People have been quick to condemn Tyler the Creator and assume he is a rapist but continue to give Eminem a pass. The treatment the media put Kanye through over the VMAs was just an embarrassing time for this nation.
It is obnoxious, rather incorrect and frankly insulting to say anyone pointing these facts out is crying racism. I do not think you are obligated to like any of these three people. I mean, damn, everyone knows I do not give a fuck about Tyler the Creator. And I do not think I am being apologetic. It just upsets me to see that people of color are often held to a higher standard that their white peers often get away with. Saying this should not be considered “crying racism”.