Half of it is to do with the media, half of it is to do with his actual talent. I don’t hate him as a person, but:
- He’s not that good of a rapper. You can scream “but he’s talking about issues!” all you want, but there’s other rappers who are concious, and doing it better.
- "Same Love" is an awful song. I listened to it and thought the LGBTQ community deserved better. "Animal Style" by MURS is a much better song. Also, "I thought I was gay because I could draw"? Really?
- "The Heist" is not worthy of any praise, because it’s nothing special. It’s just another pop-rap album that just so happens to contain a song about a thrift shop, and gay marriage.
- Some people ignore LGBTQ rappers because of him. They don’t even know they exist. They think hip-hop is some fucking homophobic wasteland.
- Then the media. The media go and portray him as the second coming of Jesus Christ. Everything he does, they’re praising him. You know when he gave a shoutout to Trayvon and his family? Everyone was praising him. Meanwhile, every black rapper/celebrity that supported Trayvon’s family was vilified by the media. Jamie Foxx got branded a racist for wearing a fucking t-shirt with Trayvon on it.
- His fans are probably one of the most annoying fandom of all time. Much like the media, they portray him as the second coming of Christ. They’re all up there, praising him for every movement he makes. And every time people have a problem with his music, they’re quick to pop up and say: “Well, he’s rapping about issues!”
- His fans are so ridiculously warped, they think all hip-hop music is about “bitches”, “hoes”, and “niggas”, which is a ridiculous way to view hip-hop.
If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America. They don’t care for human beings.
Nelson Mandela on the US invasion of Iraq
This is the Mandela that I mourn not the white-washed, sanitized version of a revolutionary figure that aligned with Communists, was part of a group branded as terrorists by Reagan, who continued to voice his opposition to Israel’s apartheid regime and illegal occupation of the West Bank and used armed resistance to fight apartheid in South Africa.
The way white people are exalting him across the political spectrum globally based on his national reconciliation work in South Africa post-apartheid (which did have major pitfalls for non-whites in particular) and erasing his revolutionary past and fight for equality across the globe shows just how ignorant of history they are and how incredibly myopic they are too.
White people are doing to Mandela what they’ve already done to Martin Luther King, Jr., and it makes me sick. If I see one more racist white liberal lionizing Mandela in a way that erases his revolutionary past so their facebook status about his death can serve as their “feel-good” justification of the day for their “liberalism,” I’m going to be sick. And don’t even get me started on the white American conservatives who are now lauding him even as Reagan demonized the ANC and Dick Cheney voted against a resolution that would have urged the South African apartheid government to remove Mandela from prison.
Don’t sanitize Mandela for your white comfort. He’s a hero in many regards, but maybe not for the reasons you might think based on the whitewashing he’s receiving in the media to hollow him out and make him into a puppet figure for racist white liberals and conservatives alike, just like MLK.