As we are all well aware, this Summer has been one of revelations when it comes to "revealing" certain artists true colours, and god I don't want to mention it, the Swift VS Kanye saga. I'm not going to go through the details of this event because you can put their names into Google and it will be the first thing that comes up, if you're really that behind, look it up, although to be honest, you're not missing much. Now to join that feud in the 2016 hall of fame, we have got Selena and The Biebz fighting too! What has the world come to when two exes don't get along after a big break up?! Oh, the horror...
Here's the thing, I get we all love drama. Taylor Swift being exposed for attempting to play the victim is long overdue, but honestly, what does it matter if it's over one line in a song? Could we not look into this issue more deeply, for example when she tried to tell Nicki Minaj to "stop pitting women against each other" - something Taylor is very passionate about, unless of course you look to her lyrics in Bad Blood (famously written about Katy Perry) - when Minaj expressed her anger about the lack of representation for women of colour at the 2015 VMA's, that had absolutely nothing to do with pitting women against each other, but instead about something much broader within feminism, something that Taylor still hasn't commented on.
Once you look into it, it turns out that although Taylor has branded herself as a feminist, she doesn't seem to use her platform to discuss issues for women that don't involve something that has affected her, because you should 100% speak out against slut shaming, like she has, but when you stand up and collect a Grammy and say that you're standing for women, at least have one female producer/co-writer behind you?
Anyway, here's the point: there are bigger issues in the world for women, or in fact anyone, than being called a "bitch" in a Kanye West song. Yeah, of course no woman wants to be offended or "branded", but when women in Syrian towns have been forced to wear the Burqa for 2 years by Daesh, or being shot in the head for wanting education, or small girls in Chad sold as child brides by their families, female genital mutilation is still thriving even in Western countries, America is still facing police brutality. I think you can let your brother take his £200+ Yeezy's out of the bin from his little act of defiance on Instagram and perhaps use your platform to talk about something else.
Because whilst everyone loves discussing the rise and fall of Taylor and Kanye's relationship, parts of the music industry are constantly being overlooked.
For example, the fact that a total of zero people of colour from the UK were nominated for the 2016 Brit awards, and no POC received an award at all. Despite the fact that Skepta and Stormzy had been two of the most played artists 2015-16, grime artists still hadn't been recognised as "nomination worthy" so to speak. Yet at the MOBO (Music of Black Origin) awards, grime had its very own award which went to Stormzy in both 2014 and 2015.
It makes you think, why is it that POC have to have a separate award ceremony in order to be fully recognised in 2016? Because a thousand times yes, celebrating the black communities achievements deserve their own ceremony and in no way should we ever have to take that away from them, but why is it their talents only fully become recognised when you eliminate the white opposition, even though their is clear representation within the music industry? Why is it that the minorities are still being over looked in something so simple?
So perhaps rather than stressing about whether or not someone said something on the phone, or Zayn being on Gigi Hadid's snapchat again or Justin unfollowing Hailey Baldwin on insta. Maybe, just maybe, we should be focusing on bigger issues within the music industry?
Just a thought.