Although I enjoyed the Grammys yesterday, there was one incident that bothered me, and I decided to speak about it here.
Jay-Z dissed rapper The-Dream on stage, in front of millions, based on an accessory The-Dream was wearing. After Frank Ocean and “The-Dream” accepted the award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration (“No Church in the Wild”), Jay-Z leaned in to the mic and said, “I want to thank the swap meet for his hat,” referring to The Dream’s hat.
The problem I have with this, is the fact that Jay-Z showed a form of bullying, which means in the eyes of many of his fans, he is saying it’s ok to bully people. Although I did not like the hat either, people are allowed to wear what they want to wear. Just because I like something doesn’t mean the next person will.
Furthermore, because of Jay- Z high influence, he has belittled those, who shop at the swap meet. Jay-Z actions, are the actions of many, and is one of the reasons bullying exist today. Many children, who parents cannot afford the finer clothing and accessories, have to shop for their things at places like the swap meet. As a result, it has been conditioned into our brains, by people like Jay-Z, and the crowd that laugh, that less expensive, and swap meet clothing is a joke and not noteworthy.
What kills me, is that Jay-Z wasn’t always the rich boy. I call him a boy, because his actions yesterday were the actions of a boy. Anyway, based on his bio, he was once a poor kid, who couldn’t afford the finer things in life, which is something that motivated him to want more. However, sometimes money does not change a person state of being, and it might be one of the reasons The Dream chose to wear the hat, at such a major event. It is not for us to judge, or address his appearance.
When a person has so much influence over people, the things that a person does, must be controlled. As I am typing this, I am sure there are children, and even adults getting bullied, and the responders are laughing, because of their choice of appearance.
Jay-Z is a very smart, and intellectual man, and his action were wrong. Joke or not, what he did has sent a message to millions, and bullying will continue as long as we have high-profile people showing us it is ok.
In case you missed, check out Jay-Z dissing The-Dream below