In a recent interview with Boombox, R&B singer Omarion offers his 2 cents on the brewing controversy surrounding the ‘dark side’ of the music industry, as well as Rihanna’s alleged involvement. Some of you will recall Tiffany Evans’ recent comments about Rihanna and apparent ‘devil worship’, comments which kinda blew the lid off the whole situation – a situation which has been the subject of much debate on a covert level for some time now. Check out what the former B2K star had to say:
“I don’t personally know Rihanna’s beliefs but I think there’s a very dark and very sinister part of the entertainment business and I think it’s very visible,” he said. “This is something that a lot of people don’t look at [but for example] Michael Jackson used to be a Jehovah’s Witness and I remember hearing that he wanted to separate from the religion — and this was during the time that he was doing ‘Thriller’ [which ended up being] his biggest album.”
“Fast forward to now,” Omarion continued, “[and] it really made me think that there is a [time as an artist] where there’s going to be a choice. The[entertainment] world [dictates] that you have to be with three or four women, or do this in order to get that [and] I think it’s really interesting. With God and the industry, it’s really dark. The dark side is having to get in, there’s a certain submission you need to have. Just like a gang [initiation], so to speak. You might have to do something against your moral code. I’m not saying that it’s always this way, but when you’re someone that is young and you’re coming up in the industry and you really don’t have a grip on your morals it can be very dark. The game is just about over saturation.
“I don’t know if Rihanna [has fallen victim to those pressures]. I’ve never really heard her speak about it,” he said. “I hope that she doesn’t believe in that stuff and I don’t think that she does, but I don’t know. It’s not just been a Rihanna thing, [there's has been religious speculation] about a lot of artists.”
Hmmm. I’ve kinda kept my mouth quiet about all this Illumnati malarky for a while now, but feel there’s there no time better than the present to address it head on, following Omarion’s comments (which I felt, though thought provoking, had holes all over the place).
Coming from a strong pentecostal Christian background myself, the notion of the existence ‘evil’ and ‘evil spirits’ are something which has been drummed into me from an early age, hence I’ve always had an awareness of negative entities. More broadly speaking, though, even on a non-religious tip, to believe in any type of ‘good’, one must believe in the existence of ‘evil’. That said, I really can’t see what all the noise is about here.
Yes, some artists’ conduct are questionable. And, yes, folks are in their rights to actively question certain things they observe (Ms. Fenty’s uber ‘dark’ image is becoming a little worrying). However, to start lumping almost every major artist and their mother as being part of some ‘evil’ cult is just ridiculous. So ridiculous, that I can’t but laugh. It’s funny, as the folk that are making the most noise are the same ones who don’t actively practice religion or aren’t religious at all. All these rumours seem to be bringing out the ‘inner preacher’ in many a gossiper (rolls eyes), who will have you believing the ‘devil’ himself is a man who lives on Hollywood Blvd, a man who all of the industry’s top stars visit and ‘sell their souls’ to in exchange for success. I call BS.
The limited glimpse I’ve had into the ‘showbiz’ world through the opportunities I’ve had via this site, really drives home the age-old adage that ‘not all that glitters is gold’. I can’t help but think that those saying these stars have ‘sold out to Satan’ are of the opinion that what they see in the music videos and on TV are real (i.e. luxury life, fame, money, cars aka hedonistic pleasures). It really isn’t, trust me. The reality of these stars are usually markedly different to what the Hollywood machine would have you believe is real. It is this same Hollywood machine that pumps money into artists and brands until they they reach the dizzy levels of success that seems to be triggering these accusations. It’s as if the level of stardom some artists enjoy isn’t digestible for some, hence to explain it, there has to be some kind of ‘supernatural’ element to it. Surely, it’s not that hard to swallow the fact that the media, a very powerful entity, creates (super)stars, as well as the fact that many of today’s stars do indeed work very hard on their craft, as well as their business savviness – to ensure their continued success and staying power.
While I’m not entirely downing some of the messages these religious DVD’s etc are propagating (although this CD burning thing needs to stop. You know damn well you paid good money for them!), I urge folk to not get caught up in the sensationalism of it all. If anything, if you didn’t pay attention to or question certain peculiarities before, now’s the time to switch your radar on – not just when it comes to the music industry either. That said, singling out the most successful ones and putting their success down to some kind of ‘evil exchange’ is rather senseless IMO.
Quite eager to hear what you guys think about all this…