After a live video from 2016 was dug up in which Cardi B touched on her life pre-fame (alleging she resorted to desperate measures like drugging and robbing men to survive
), the media went into a frenzy, calling for the rapper to face prosecution and at worst, earned comparisons to R. Kelly and Bill Cosby.
DJ Booth is analyzing the backlash, and raising the question "Why do we pivot from celebrating artists for their raunchy, ratchet, hood, or gangster ways to then criticizing them?"
- The writer touches on the hypocrisy of the general public celebrating music and personalities "that glorify and extol violence, murder, theft, and all manner of unsavory behavior" only to eventually crucify the artist.
- Argues that as a society we have become incredibly adept at "compartmentalizing and selling the 'good' parts of the hood struggle, which are packaged and sold as a dream to rebellious young people who are eager to feel something other than the mundanity of their existence."
- Makes a point that Cardi has never shied away from her gritty past, but now that she's mainstream America is attempting to crucify her for the same struggles that propelled her to stardom.
- Instead of holding artists like Cardi responsible for past transgressions, we should "let go of fetishizing a culture that is a symptom of a much larger social system" and hope that future artists do not resort to committing crimes they feel are necessary to survive. Source