I meant to speak on this a bit earlier, but was sidetracked LOL. Anyway, by now I’m sure everyone knows about what happened at the Essence Fest and what went down between Prince (who I’ve been a fan of since forever) and singer/R&B Diva Lil Mo (who I did start out liking but kind of stopped following for a while until she did the Endow Me song with Coko, Faith and Fantasia). When the stories started spreading over the internet/social media about Lil Mo’s encounter and incident at the Essence Fest, I was like ok, it was a good little laugh at first. It’s Lil Mo, we know what she’s known for in terms of speaking out and keeping it real life (as she so firmly put it). I was like, that’s Mo being Mo.
However, after seeing all the bashing everyone did to her on IG and twitter. I was like WOW. Why is she being ripped a new one? It’s not like she did anything wrong or to Prince at all. She had just as much access as everyone else that was there. She had to stop nature’s call just because “Prince” was entering the building? I was like oh ok, again that Mo just being Mo turning up. Then after hearing several more artist sharing their unkind/disrespectful treatment at the Essence Fest, I was like it’s not a joke, they really are on some bigger vs lessor entitlement ish. And when singer Ms. Stephine Mills shared her experience (via twitter) about her stint at the Essence Fest, I began to see things a lot more clear about what Lil Mo went thru regarding the Prince debacle. Stephine Mills said that they wouldn’t even let her team and stylest thru so she could prepare and get made up for her performance that night. Then she said they told her she couldn’t perform on the main stage because she wasn’t a big enough name in this era.
I understand having a certain amount of respect and regard for our musical legends, but that’s gives nobody the right to treat other artist and their peers disrespectfully. That’s one of the things I don’t like about this game. The fakeness and the celebrity entitlement that seems to be at the forefront of the game today. It’s not even about the talent or the music anymore, but how popular, rich, or famous you are. None of those things matter long term, because they’re all temporary things with dwindling value. Just like a car, once you drive it off the lot, it depreciates.
This is also one of the reasons I’m not a huge Beyonce fan. It has nothing to do with her in particular, but the idol worship and praise these “fans” do over her. It’s a huge turn off. And this weird obsession people seem to have with her/about her. That’s creepy to me. What does it say in the bible (the 10 commandments in fact). Thou shall not have any other Gods or false idols before me. So why are they exalting this woman like she’s God? That I don’t understand. Since when did we put humans above God? I’m not surprised, because the bible did say these days would come. I’m just saying.