"While the [#MeToo] movement has hindered certain abusers, it seems to have had little or no effect on men like Chris Brown and XXXTentacion, who are being propped up and legitimized not just by fans but by their A-list peers," writes @ahzimm https://t.co/VGNpVpDNR2— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) March 21, 2018
-Not only has the music industry largely side-stepped the Me Too movement, but men with serious abuse allegations and convictions are finding new success in 2018.
-Many of these men are being supported and legitimized by their A-list peers:
Last week, Ed Sheeran, Kendall Jenner and DJ Khaled made appearances in the music video for Lil Dicky's song with Chris Brown where Brown complains about people judging him for his "controversial past". Ed sings: "And now I'm in Ed Sheeran's body. It's way less cool than being Chris Brown."
oh my god ed sheeran, dj khaled and kendall jenner at the end im screaming why is this actually so good pic.twitter.com/zFt4kMJkEu— ali (@journalsbiebs) March 15, 2018
Tekashi 6ix9ine, who's currently on probation after pleading guilty to three felony counts of using a child in a sexual performance, released an album last month featuring songs with Fetty Wap, Offset, Young Thug, and more. It debuted at #4, and his debut single just went platinum.
XXXTentacion's star has only risen since he was arrested and charged with aggravated battery of a pregnant woman, domestic battery by strangulation, false imprisonment, and witness-tampering. He's openly bragged about nearly beating a gay man to death for looking at him. He's been co-signed by Kendrick Lamar, the Weeknd, and J-Cole. He released an album this past Friday that included collaborations with Joey Bada$$ and Travis Barker. It's expected to debut at #1. His newest single, that's expected to enter the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 next week, is directed towards the ex-girlfriend he abused and is apparently continuing to emotionally abuse:
Who am I? Someone that's afraid to let go, uh
You decide if you're ever gonna let me know (yeah)
Suicide if you ever try to let go
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