So there’s been this thing recently about Chris Brown. Shocker, I know. He dressed up as a terrorist for Halloween.
Sikh and Muslim communities have spoken up about his costume being offensive, and I’m sure non-Sikhs and non-Muslims have as well. My initial thoughts were that yeah, this was a dumb thing for him to do for many reasons, but it would be worse if he and his friends just wore turbans and said they were terrorists. The thing is, they have turbans AND strings of bullets around their bodies. The average Sikh and Muslim do not. But you can’t deny that the head pieces and the kurta pajamas (their clothes) are the focal points of the costumes. Also, a friend of mine pointed out that he’s perpetuating the stereotype of only Middle Easterners being terrorists. Not all terrorist are Middle Eastern. He could have been wearing a t-shirt and jeans and had a gun and that could still be a terrorist. And then there’s the whole thing that the Taliban and Al Qaeda are very real today and they are responsible for killing many innocent people all over the world, and it’s just offensive to be portraying them for “fun.” There are a lot of reasons this was a dumb thing to do. And celebrities, you know, I don’t care what they do or how they present themselves. But when they have fans, people who I have to go to school with and deal with everyday, who are influenced by their actions, that affects me, and that’s when I care. And I don’t want to make this all personal or whatever, but I’m a huge fan of Chris Brown. He’s one of my top favorite artists, like of all time. I’ve had dreams where he’s called me up onstage and stuff. Stop that. Stop laughing, I’m being open with you. Okay laugh. You have 30 seconds, go. Okay, are you done? You sure? Okay, good. But this kind of makes me wonder, as I have to wonder about everyone I meet, what would he really think if he sees me? Or sees my brother, or a girl in a hijab? What’s more pressing is what are his millions of fans now going to think? A lot of the time you hear artists say that they never signed up to be a role model. But when you’re in that position, you sort of have to accept that you are. When you’re famous, you can’t ignore the fact that kids are influenced by you. Your job has a lot of perks, but with them you can’t neglect your influence on your fans. Lil Wayne can rap about doing drugs and stuff, but he can also afford to get help. Kids who listen to him can be influenced to follow his lead, but they can’t always afford to get out of their problems like he can. And in the end, Lil Wayne is sitting in rehab in Malibu while kids lay dead in the street because he told them “cut school, sell crack, sorry I’m just thinking back.”
Huh. We’re talking about drugs all of a sudden. It’s like I can tell that I’m getting off topic but I keep typing anyways and now here we are.
To all y’all celebrities out their who obviously must read my blog, just remember that along with the $398402984 that you make every year, you also make an impact on peoples’ ways of life, whether or not you want to. And to everyone else (you know what? we’re all celebrities) To the celebrities of everyday life, remember that yeah, Chris Brown is an amazing singer and dancer, but at the end of the day, you’re a person just as much as he is. You have your own individual mind with which you can make decisions and judgement calls for yourself, such as the following:
Infact, I think you could even make the judgement that
Confident, brave, (*cough cough* SUPER FINE *cough cough*) fly-guys.
(This is a tad awkward because I actually know the guy with the black pugh (turban) pictured above…like I went to his wedding. So I guess I can confirm that he is in fact a fly-guy. And if he happens to be reading this…Sat Sri Kal, Uncle…How are you? I hope you’re okay with your picture on my blog…Han ji, okay, chalo teek.)
Have an awesome week! (week and teek just rhymed in my head. because teek was up there in the parenthesis ..and then week..and then…okay, bye)
P.S: There’s this T.I quote from the song Dead and Gone that really sums this post up nicely, but I can’t find a good place to put it in the post. So I’m just going to leave it here and hope that it has the desired effect (Language is used. Reader discretion is advised):
“N****s die everyday, all little bulls**t
Dope money, dice games, ordinary hood s**t
Could this be cuz of hip-hop music
Or did the ones with the good sense not use it?”