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Apparently in our culture, artists are given a great deal more sanction by the public to be egregriously and unapologetically selfish and egoistic than are businessmen who would be publicly skewered and shamed for taking the same actions. There would even be calls for resignation and boycotts. Can you imagine a prominent businessman chauffeured into work in a Bentley, wearing a flamboyant suit, diamond luxury watch and gold chain while being escorted out of his luxury vehicle by two buxom, beautiful women? A rapper doing this wouldn't bat an eye, but it'd make front page news and be called a scandal if it were Mark Zuckerberg. This may seem like a silly example, but it illustrates the stark difference in treatment two different types of rich people receive. One is given the full go-ahead sanction, the other is pilloried. Artists, musicians (especially rappers), but also actors, comedians, and other entertainers are allowed to say and do virtually whatever they want with very little public repercussion or people will just look the other way and excuse them. In fact, the end result of their so called controversies, is usually just getting more attention and fame. My question is, why does the public even make this silly distinction? And what does it say about their premises/motivations?
I was listening to lesbian activist and feminist Camille Paglia being interviewed by Dennis Prager the other day as I was on the way to work and she was discussing what it means to be gay and the culture of intolerance. Fortunately for me, the audio was converted to a video and uploaded to youtube. In my view, Paglia hits the nail on the head (and so does Prager). Darrell