Bad people shouldn’t be celebrities

For some reason, people feel the need to put everything on the internet – the good, the bad, and even the ugly. Especially people in the limelight, it seems that they also feel that the internet is a place where they can dump their opinions, however dangerous it can be to them. 

A recent prime example is Jonathan Lyndale Kirk, also known as DaBaby. During the Rolling Loud Miami Festival, he said something derogatory towards the LBGTQ community. He later put an apology, non-apology, on the Internet, doubling down on his comments at the festival. It led to many people calling for DaBaby to be canceled.

This brings up “cancel culture” – people on the Internet calling for ending people’s careers for whatever reason. However troublesome it can be – which I will address later, DaBaby is a good example of a career needing to be canceled because of his behavior. His music is ok, but his career should end.

There are a few people whose behavior was bad enough in which their career should have been impacted.

One of the biggest examples of a canceled artist is Chris Brown. He had multiple inappropriate altercations reported from multiple different women. According to, in 2013, reports say people saw Brown shove a woman violently into the ground in a California nightclub. Similar reports were filed on Brown in 2015 when Brown was convicted of a misdemeanor after the assault in 2013. In a similar situation in a nightclub in Las Vegas, a woman accused Brown of aggressively punching her in the face without any charges being filed. However, Brown was given an assault with a deadly weapon charge a year after the Las Vegas incident which resulted in no conviction.

According to, “Brown had punched Rhianna repeatedly in the face and arm, even biting her ear while maneuvering their rental car down the street. With the car stopped, he put her in a headlock causing her to slowly lose consciousness as she struggled to break free.”

He was a perfect first example of how what he did was much more dangerous than listening to a good song. However, he’s not the only controversial artist in which one should rethink their music because of their actions.

Country singer Morgan Wallen was recorded using a racial slur in a bar. Wallen says he knows it’s wrong but was using it in a “playful” way. According to, Wallen said, “I was around my friends and we say dumb stuff together. And it was in our minds, it’s playful. That sounds ignorant but that’s really where it came from and it’s wrong.”

He has since tried to make a comeback in radio.

Lastly, Kanye West has a history of being a controversial artist. He opened up about how he and Kim considered aborting their first child North West. According to, Kanye said, “I almost killed my daughter… So even if my wife were to divorce me after this speech, she brought North into the world, even when I didn’t want to,” he added. “She stood up, and she protected that child.”

We’ve been given plenty of examples of celebrities doing horrible things, but we are blinded by the music they create and the person the media shows them to be. They have such a powerful image in the world, that it shadows all the bad stuff they have done over the years without any punishment. Even though artists have great music, it is up to us as consumers to stop adding to their livelihood if they are simply bad people who do bad stuff.

Bad people shouldn’t be celebrities.


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