Earlier this year I wrote a (not to toot my own horn but TOOT TOOT) very successful post about ’12 Problematic Artists Who Have A Past We All Ignore’. I admitted to being guilty of listening to these artists knowing what they had done. This post was first published in January so I decided to end the year the same way. The titled and number of artists has been tweaked however.
This is certainly a morally ambiguous topic, so it’s difficult to tell people what they should or shouldn’t do when it comes to a problematic artist. However, the influence of these artists is something to be considered. Listening to artists on streaming services allows them to benefit monetarily so yes, you are supporting them.
1. Doja Cat
If you live in my household then you have heard ‘Mooo!’ by Doja Cat 1 million times thanks to my brother. However the breakout star pulled a Kevin Hart a few years back with some homophobic tweets. In a since-deleted tweet from 2015, Doja Cat allegedly used the homophobic slur “f——“ to refer to Odd Future members Tyler, the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt. While she apologized a few times on the same social media platform that doesn’t take back that she said it in the first place.
The notably unshowered rapper took a jab at the genre he sells in 2017 saying:
“If you’re looking for lyrics, if you’re looking to cry, if you’re looking to think about life, don’t listen to hip-hop. Whenever I want to sit down and have a nice cry, I’ll listen to some Bob Dylan.“
Which makes fans begin to question why he makes hip-hop in the first place. Less problematic and more stupid in my opinion.
3. Ariana Grande
So here I am writing this post while wearing Ari merch and feeling just a tad hypocritical. The ‘No Tears Left To Cry’ artist has been accused of cultural appropriation. Claims that Grande has stolen from black culture in her sound, fake tan and look have all been made. And in a turn of events Ariana Grande is suing Forever 21 for ‘stealing her likeness’. Using a model who looks like her to sell merchandise that resembles her style.
The fangirl of NBA and a personal favourite of mine is known for not only dating women far too young for him but also for palling around with Chris Brown. Gross 🙂
5. Trisha Paytas
While the pop singer made headlines for ‘outing’ fellow vloggers David Dobrik and ex-boyfriend Jason Nash she recently had her own controversy. The Youtube star declared she was transgender in a video stating “I like guys, but I also identify as a guy—if that makes sense.”.
Flare Magazine covered the issue:
Among some of the comments made in her video, Paytas said she also identifies as a “drag queen” (which is not a gender identity) because she likes dressing like a woman. The YouTuber also says that while she “1,000 per cent” thinks she is transgender, she also “1,000 per cent” identifies with her “natural born gender” and has no plans to transition.
6. Kim Petras
This trans-pop icon famously worked with Dr.Luke and whenever I listen to her music I feel like I am supporting him.
7. Pete Doherty
While he’s not in the news as often anymore as he was in the early 2000’s this rockstar lead the true life of one. Take your pick! Doherty has been repeatedly arrested for drug offenses and those arising from drug use, such as driving under the influence, car theft, and driving with a suspended license.
This particular reason is why I am boycotting “Rhythm & Flow” on Netflix.The rapper admitted to taking his teenage daughter to a gynecologist to make sure her hymen was still intact. Yes you read all of that correctly, not go ahead and read it again to let that truly sink in.