“The Gyantunplugged Show” on Beehivefm, [Sundays 6-10pm] got into a very heated discussion over Fantasia Barrino, and the public backlash she endured. One of my arguments was how two faced everyone has become. Nobody can deny that Fantasia and Alicia Keys are in the EXACT same situation. Keys involving herself with a married man, getting pregnant, and subsequently rushing the alter to not damage her public image.
Though the reaction was strong, it hasn’t affected Keys position in her celebrity, or the game overall. However the much darker, and more ethic American Idol winner is caught cheating on a married man and everybody’s got their pitchforks, and is chasing the poor girl through the town like a wretched whore.
Why are we looking at these similarity situations and being so biased? Well, in my daily blog search it seems someone also agrees with my logic.
Per The Robot:
What I found to be most interesting is that Alicia Keys has been able to escape this type of media scrutiny in the mainstream press, even though she reportedly was engaged in a three-year affair with a married man, which ultimately resulted in the demise of the marriage. Keys also became pregnant and engaged to super producer Swizz Beatz while the man was separated but still married nonetheless. She then married Beatz weeks after his divorce was finalized. The black press have let both Fantasia and Keys have it for their indiscretions, but the mainstream media took to the Fantasia story like a rabid dog while ignoring the illicit actions of Keys.
They painted Keys’ wedding as a fairy tale, even though she allegedly did what many women other than Angelina Jolie consider to be the unthinkable: steal another woman’s husband and get pregnant before the divorce is even final. Most women on the receiving end of that behavior would take the pregnancy as a great big open-handed slap to the face. Of course, we don’t know if Keys “stole” Beatz from his wife — no one knows what goes on in marriages — but it appears that she was romantically involved with someone who was married. Beatz’s wife, Mashonda, maintains that she was blindsided by the affair with Keys, who was even a guest at her baby shower.
I’m wondering why the mainstream media are so willing to let Keys off the hook for what many would call socially unacceptable behavior at best, and immoral behavior at worst, while taking Barrino to task for similar behavior.
It’s an interesting argument. And one that I think deserves further examination.
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