Ever since Chris Brown decided to bash Rhianna’s face in, have you found yourself skipping over his tunes when they come on your iPod? How about when Roman Polanski was finally arrested a couple of months ago for raping that 13 year old girl, forever ago? Can you watch his films now? While it should be easy enough to separate an artist from their personal life, are we really obliged to do so?
I first started to think about this when Kate Moss began her downward spiral. You remember, when she was caught with a crapload of coke or something and all her sponsors started dropping her. Then she was dating Pete Doherty, that shining poster child of healthy living. I was never a particularly big Kate Moss fan (as much as one can be a ‘fan’ of a model) before that, but when all this crap started to go down, it made me pretty uncomfortable. Then she won back a few contracts and has been the face of many-a-campaign since.
I personally won’t buy anything fronted by Ms Moss. Not any make up she hawks, nor her clothing line. Why? Because what I see of her lifestyle, I don’t really care for and would prefer it if my money (however little of it) didn’t go towards funding it further. This woman is a mother (when was the last time we actually saw her with her child?) who willing allowed Pete Doherty around her daughter. Pete frikkin’ Doherty! The man shoots up on camera, for God’s sake! Sure, it was a while ago when she was dating him, but I dislike the fact that the companies who rehired her to front their campaigns saw nothing but the mighty dollar and sensationalism when they did so.
What kind of role model is Kate Moss? Why would I buy make up from someone who looks like a crack whore most of the time? It doesn’t make sense.
Then there’s Alicia Keys. I was always a fan of her music. Finally, we have someone who can play an instrument, sounds intelligent in interviews, does charity work and doesn’t flaunt her body and sexuality under the guise of an alter ego (yes Beyonce, I’m looking at you). Then comes the news quite recently that she’s been dating a married man for quite some time. Now all those love songs sound kind of tainted and weird.
Have you shopped at Urban Outfitters recently? In my book, that already makes you kind of a wanker, but perhaps when you know that the owner of every hipster’s favourite store is actually a raging homophobe who’s been contributing funds to anti-gay US senators for years, you might rethink. I wouldn’t shop at Urban Outfitters because I think it’s a giant trash heap full of crap, but his other store Anthropologie, I quite liked. Well, being that I’m verging on being a gay icon myself, I can hardly shop somewhere known for hating on my gays, can I? No ma’am!
So, what say you? Do these things matter or do you put aside your morals when you shop?