Jay-Z Weighs In On Cancel Culture: If I Don’t Say Everything Right, It’s Going To Be Everywhere
If you were to ask rapper turned media mogul, Jay-Z, how he feels about today’s youth and social media, you might be surprised at his response. He said during a recent interview with The Sunday Times,
“These kids, it’s unbelievable. Imagine having a microphone and you’re asked about social justice questions at 18 years old?”
“Cancel culture,” as it’s so widely known, molds itself from the problematic behavior of those who have widespread platforms on social media. It involves large groups essentially reaching a consensus on whether or not to discredit a celebrity or public figure’s career amid scandal or morally corrupt choices.
While it’s not the “end” of a person’s everyday living, it can have an effect on one’s image and the composition of their business.
In the interview, Jay-Z talked about his partnership with shoe enterprise Puma and addressed how he views the current climate of the social media era.
The 51-year-old predicts that “cancel culture” is here to stay as long as social media exists. He’s not known for taking pics for Instagram or even tweeting his thoughts. He does, however, sympathize with today’s youth and the exploitation of public scrutiny, saying,
“You can’t give someone a microphone for 24 hours a day and [have them] not think they have to use it!”
“I’m meant to know the answer, and if I don’t answer the correct way, if I don’t say everything right, even if my intentions are right, and I don’t say the same right thing, it’s going to be everywhere.”
Jay-Z also said it would’ve been unlikely that he would have used social media more if it were around when he was in his 20s.
His wife, Beyoncé Knowles, had similar sentiments she expressed during her 2013 HBO autobiographical film, Life Is But A Dream.
His level of disengagement from social media doesn’t stop the mogul from using his platform for the advocacy of social injustices. He mentioned,
“As a human race we’re still on basic things. We’re still on Stop Asian Hate. We can’t sit and cry over spilled milk, but we do have to acknowledge that there’s milk, right?… it’s very frustrating. Are we here today? No. Are we further than 50 years ago? Yes.”
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