Publicity Stunting + Smoothie Recipe & Catwalk/Streetwalk OTD

Dwayne Wayne Golden

SMOOTHIE RECIPE

  • 10 large frozen strawberries
  • 1 frozen banana
  • Fresh lemon juice from 1/2 a lemon
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • Blend and top with additional strawberries and or lemon slice

PUBLICITY STUNTING

“All publicity is good publicity.” Or nah? I believe there’s a way to turn all bad things into a good thing. However, I can most definitely lose faith in something when it proves itself to not be true time & time again.

The question I have on my mind today is has entertainment based on talent been replaced by the hype beast and gossip? So many artists who’s music I like, and so many actresses/actors who’s movies I enjoy, have willingly or unwillingly opened themselves up to the public eye. The idea of privacy is almost obsolete. When I used to watch Janet Jackson & Michael Jackson interviews growing up, there were always questions about their personal life. Questions like “who are you dating?” “what is your sexual identity?” “What was it like growing up?” etc. They generally were private about those things as they should have been. BUT, the majority of the interview was centered around the art. “How do you moonwalk?” “How many hours of practice do you put in each day to stay sharp?” “How long does it take you to prepare for a show?” “How is it to work with Quincy Jones or Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis?” “Where did you record this song?” etc.

I used to get a glimpse of the person as an artist and these interviews provided a glimpse into their creative process. Before Michael Jackson’s skin transformation and legal allegations, I only saw him as an artist. Before Whitney Houston showcased herself on TV and opened herself up to our living rooms, she was a vocal icon. Before reality TV, I wasn’t obsessed with people’s personal lives. And the same applied to those around me.

Now, it’s almost impossible to see an artist for their art. Who they’re dating, the trials and tribulations of their romance, the scandal, the pushing for the public to accept their partner, the bashing when relationships don’t work, whether or not they are racist, or abusive, or disrespectful, or selfish etc has become the face of the art. I don’t like it.

I recognize that artists take part in this media manipulation to maintain relevance and popularity. And in the mean time, the music is not growing or developing. I feel the entertainment industry is at a standstill creatively and that the publicity stunts and bad press have covered over the artists God-given talents the way ivy can take over a wall. The way  crab grass can take over a beautiful lawn. Bad publicity for too long of an extensive time can become an invasive species. It can absorb all of the goodness out of something and make it into something else that is explicitly used for exploitation.

I think the mystery is what makes something special. To know a person’s art and to be able to enjoy it separately from them as a person is golden. It makes it possible to easily see in the art what we want. It gives us an easy chance to escape with the art and go into fantasy mode with it. But it’s so much more difficult when the personal life of an artist becomes more important and louder than the art. I think we are creating monsters out of our favorite artists and creating monsters within ourselves, almost living in and off of people’s lives like parasites.

I don’t believe it’s good news to always have bad news attached to my name or anyone’s name. It ruins reputations. It ruins the mystery. It imposes a negative mood. Today I want to say, good press is possibly less interesting, but for the sake of longevity, peace, and positivity, I think it’s better to keep away from the publicity stunts and just make dope art that stands on its own.

-Deja B.

Thank you for reading. This is just my opinion. Tell me what you think below & listen to my latest #MondayLoveDrop called #iWantU:

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