Long ago, when the earth was big and new, people sailed the oceans in large ships. In those days, most sailors could not read.
They mounted elaborately carved, over-sized figures right on the front of the ship. Dragons, eagles, horses with bulging eyes, that kind of thing.
These creatures didn’t…
I was contemplating buying tickets to FMMF in Columbus. A lot of bands I like are playing the festival and I was very excited to see them! And the tickets are cheap, so I could throw down some money for band merch!
But… I don’t like the erasure of accusation that performers so frequently get to exist in. The “good guy” place they fall into when they are accused - it gives me the same knee jerk bile in the back of the throat feeling every time. “Oh, but he’s always so kind to me, and you know how people in the public eye are so often easy victims of greedy people.” It’s the same feeling I got when Beyonce and Jay Z performed a Jackson 5 cover and praised Michael Jackson, the unpleasant back of the ear buzz when people rushed to defend Woody Allen…
I just can’t contribute to something that encourages erasure. That says “this person contributed/produced something we think is great, and therefore we can overlook their act of violence towards another human being.” And this situation right here is saying that.
(If you aren’t inclined to click through to read the post, R Kelly is headlining Fashion Meets Music Festival in Columbus on Labor Day Weekend, and some people are speaking out about the organizer’s choosing him as their headliner.)