Celebrities are given too much credit


Chloe Meredith, Reporter

You’ve probably heard Chris Brown or Justin Bieber’s new songs on the radio, or raved over Vanessa Hudgens or the Jenners’ outfits. Even if you personally don’t follow a celebrity closely, chances are you know about them through the radio, television, or social media.

You’ve probably also heard of the not-so-cool things they’ve done, but overlooked it since their music is “just too good” or their outfits are “just too cute.” I am left wondering why society is continuing to follow and provide careers to celebrities that don’t deserve it.

The one that baffles me the most is Chris Brown. I honestly find the fact that Brown is able to maintain a successful career in music appalling. It appears that his fans have conveniently forgotten his assault on his then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009. Not only did he repeatedly beat, bite, and restrict her breathing, he threatened to kill her. If this seems graphic, imagine how the victim, Rihanna, felt. To make matters worse, he got her beaten face tattooed on his neck. Although it was six years ago, it’s not that hard to forget due to his continued pattern of assault, just recently being charged with assault on a woman at the Palms Hotel on Jan. 2. If that isn’t enough to convince you he is one of the most problematic celebrities of all time, the mother of his child is making serious allegations that their children developed asthma from secondhand smoke from Brown. How some people can even listen to and buy his music despite his constant abuse is beside me.

I also don’t understand how Justin Bieber’s comeback from not releasing a single in over three years is gaining such popularity and praise. Have we really forgotten the three years filled with disgusting acts against property, animals, and human beings? One of these things included spitting on fans and laughing about it with his friends on the balcony above. The thing is, though, society has already heard of all of the bad things Bieber has done, so why is society accepting him with open arms? He has never once apologized for any of his actions, which is evidence he is still problematic? Now he is topping the charts just because he was able to get talented and unproblematic musical artists to write songs and dj for him. All he has done is provide a voice, and now he’s worthy of our time?

The worst thing about about Vanessa Hudgens and the Jenners’ problematic tendencies is that not only does America shrug them off, they see them as fashion. If it’s not ringing a bell, I’m talking about the cultural appropriation in their outfits. Cultural appropriation is the adaption of a trait from one culture to another culture for fashion or costume purposes, which is highly offensive and wrong, due to the history of oppression minorities have faced, just to have more things they value taken away. Despite having many Indians, Native Americans, Muslim, Africans, blacks, and others speak out against cultural appropriation, Americans still do it to this day and refuse to admit that it is wrong. Traditional cultural clothing and jewelry holds meaning to a culture and by taking a style to make it your own, is not okay. Hudgens has repeatedly appropriated Indian culture by wearing the bindi and the Native American culture by wearing headdresses. Kendall Jenner has appropriated Indian culture by wearing traditional Indian jewelry for “fashion.” Coachella is not the place for you to wear “cute” things from other cultures, when it is a known fact how offensive this is. Kylie Jenner has also repeatedly appropriated black culture by wearing dreads and cornrows.

By buying their products or liking their posts, you are providing support for these problematic celebrities. Don’t get me wrong, there are more problematic celebrities than these select few, so look at these examples and find more yourself. Stand up for what is right, not what is cool or in style. Abuse is never cool and cultural appropriation is never in style. Let’s not provide these problematic celebrities with the millions they don’t deserve.