Veteran musician, Lionel Richie knows talent when he sees it being one of the best to ever do it, but after watching Kanye West perform his new song, ‘All Day’ (which I happen to like sans the use of the n-word) at the 2015 Brit Awards, he was personally offended.
Telling the Daily Mirror:
‘I don’t think it’s OK for a black man to use the N-word. I don’t like it – and I am a black man. I don’t think it should be said and become normal.’
After my experience yesterday, I couldn’t agree with him more and hope more people speak-out. This is terrible! I can’t imagine how any amount of monies can make “normalizing” the n-word feel okay.
More than 100 people complained after Kanye’s performance which was mostly muted by the censors for the TV audience.
Richie went on to add,
‘Kanye is giving this generation shock value. How he carries on for the next 10 years we will see. The music business is more attention driven but you have to let it pass. Don’t even focus on it.
‘Because what we have going on in the world is to over the top. I mean, who are we fighting? There is more hunger and famine in the world today than there was when we did We Are The World.’
There’s a tremendous amount of responsibility that comes along with having a huge platform. I often say Kanye is a walking, breathing contradiction, and unfortunately, he hasn’t surrounded himself by individuals he respect enough to influence his level of consciousness.
Perhaps a sit-down with a legend like Lionel Richie would help him exhibit less signs of self-hatred going forward.
Tags: Lionel Richie, Kanye West, 2015 Brit Awards
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