Hot Topic: Could A Scandal Stop You From Supporting Your Favorite Artist? [Weigh In]

Published: Tuesday 14th Jul 2015 by Rashad
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“An artist’s personal and/or moral failure has no bearing on his or her ability to do a job (singing, acting, etc.)” – an argument lent by many-a-diehard fan of stars embattled in scandals.

From the most recent controversies surrounding songstress Ariana Grande and entertainer Bill Cosby to King of Pop Michael Jackson and King of R&B R. Kelly, some of entertainment’s most celebrated faces have found themselves royally discharged by even their staunchest supporters after news broke of their involvement in an illegal or immoral dealing.

And, while some careers suffer temporary setbacks while others see more permanent mar, the truth remains: many of these offenders commit infractions that in no way changes their ability to perform nor does it negate any of their professional achievements to date.

As such, it begs the question:  how much should personal decisions affect one’s professional dealings?

The truth of the matter is this:  celebrities are people.  Despite being unwillingly thrust into the position of “role model,” it’s been proven time and time again that many of them are not suited for the part. Actors like Bill Cosby portray lovable characters on film and television, but – as a result of their convincing performances – become prisoner to that image off screen. Singers like Ariana Grande – who has been swamped with rumors of diva behavior – uphold the “cute & bubbly” persona until they unknowingly get that bubble burst.

But, even if the likes of Cosby or Grande have multiple demonstrations of poor personality, they’ve exceeded it multiple times with superior demonstrations of talent.  And,it’s “talent,” not their personalities, that served as the actual vehicle that drove them to fame.

Insert Janet Jackson, Chris Brown, R. Kelly, Cosby, and other figures of recent pop culture history who found themselves on the wrong side of its appreciation.  While their errors should by no means be taken lightly, and in some cases are unforgivable, one thing that cannot be taken from them are their professional achievements (see: records sold, impact, etc.).

As such, is it fair to undermine their accomplishments by removing statues built or buildings named in their honor and/or remove all positive association from the person?  Especially when this response is based on allegation and not proven fact?


Weigh in and tell us:  is there a limit of punishment for celebrities who commit legal or moral crimes?


If your favorite celebrity was embroiled in a controversy right now, would you stop supporting them?

Your thoughts?

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  1. Stephy. July 14, 2015

    It depends on what they do. Some people are just jealous of celebrities lifestyles… So, they take any opportunity to pull them down & spread hatred. But, if you’re a r*****, murderer or something of that extreme (AND YOU’VE BEEN PROVEN TO BE IT. NOT ACCUSED). I can see why people might stop f****** with you. But, other than that… People needs to get over it.

  2. Xtina = The voice of this generation July 14, 2015

    NEVER but if its really proven & its true.. I would have a problem but I don’t think I would just disown my fave like that. I’m sure Janet Jackson stans didn’t stop supporting her after the superbowl incident, I didn’t because I knew it was not true. I think it depends on the indecent!

  3. Stephy. July 14, 2015

    Bill Cosby is disgusting.

  4. Xtina = The voice of this generation July 14, 2015

    Exactly, R*** or MURDER for me would be the limit. MJ’s “child M*******” scandal was derived from Jealousy & Hate. They just wanted to bring him down & Scandals like that just rip my heart.

  5. Slayoncé Giselle-Knowles Carter July 14, 2015

    Not my fave because she has no scandals. She’s ***Flawless

    • Stephy. July 14, 2015

      … Everyone has skeletons.

    • ThatBitchYouDontWantToFuckWith July 14, 2015

      Did she not suck the fck out of Marques Houston you dumb fck.

      • Xtina = The voice of this generation July 14, 2015


      • Faf July 14, 2015

        That’s not a scandal lmao that’s gossip

        A scandal would be be elevator gate

        She has good pr

  6. ShakaZulu July 14, 2015

    No cause they human just like we all are they gone make mistakes it’s life. I stan for Queen Bey and I support her no matter what. Unless she kill somebody or harm her daughter I don’t care what she do.

  7. blue July 14, 2015

    i love the fact that my fave rih has somehow gone beyond all that and is untouchable by any scandal…

    • ShakaZulu July 14, 2015

      Cause Rihanna don’t give a f*** that’s what I love about her.

      • Lmfao_Hoe July 14, 2015

        That is true say what you will but RI will pay your ass no mind long as it doesn’t interfere with her money.

  8. blue July 14, 2015

    i find that its not soo much that these people become prisoners of the roles they play, but that they sell us this image that they cant live up to. And at the end of the day they are selling a product and their image is part of that, so if the product doesnt live up to the promises then i sure wont be buying it again

  9. Anne July 14, 2015

    YES. I grew up in the 70s and 80s and the Cosby Show was my absolute favorite show. I loved watching the reruns but now I can’t stand the sight of Cosby’s face. Will never watch anything that he is a part of ever again.

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  11. Legendtina July 14, 2015

    It honestly depends on the scandal. I don’t consider Ariana’s situation a scandal, it was just her being bitchy and childish. Right wing media blew it way out of proportion. Her career will go unscathed. Bill Cosby’s situation is entirely different. He is a r***** that physically harmed women. Same with Chris Brown and the Rihanna incident. Those types of scandals warrant unstanning. Such monsters shouldn’t be supported.

  12. OMG Logic!!! July 14, 2015

    Definitely. I will never support Elisa Thornberry again nor anyone who is part of a sufficiently large scandal.

  13. Aramis Scriven July 14, 2015

    What, I do got to say about this topic…Is that in our eyes we as the ppl kind of see the example that they set before us. And when they say that they are about this then shows us a little bit different. Then we as the ppl will jump ship real quick if we get some negative info about what he or she has done. So, by us being just mere ppl some of us know, and understand that these ppl do the same thing as us normal ppl do and for others it’s like “I wouldn’t think that he or she was capable of doing that” so, with that being said we have to remember that with or without money celebrities are the same as normal individuals just wrapped in a different lifestyle which holds a bigger title.

  14. Barb-wire July 14, 2015

    It all depends on the scandal, if it’s harming to a certain someone then yes I’d stop stanning. If it’s a scandal about how she lives her life then I’d Stan for the Queen till the end coz at the end of the day she’s a grown ass woman she can do whatever she wants with her life.

  15. RihYonce July 14, 2015

    It depends……..but if it’s not r***, murder or anything dealing with harming themselves or another person then honestly who cares

  16. Knock On Norwood July 14, 2015

    It depends on the person, and if people are able to look beyond what the alleged “offense” is. I think it’s silly to not support someone for something scandalous they may have done. We are fans of whoever we are fans of for what they do professionally, not personally. We don’t know these celebrities personally, so we have to be able to separate their public life from their private ones. Celebrities are people too, no matter how famous, which makes them no different than the rest of us. They’re just as susceptible to fall as well, and that’s what people should remember.

    • JLo July 14, 2015

      Your fav is one of them, she’s a murderer.

      • Knock On Norwood July 15, 2015

        Try harder troll. You know not that of which you speak.

  17. Mark111 July 14, 2015

    Yes, it’s not hard for me to stop support. I was somewhat a CB fan, but after the Rihanna deal, it was a wrap. Same with R Kelly. With MJ, nothing was proven, to this day.
    It depends on the scandal and the artist. I have a good eye for good people, I can smell a fake a mile away.

  18. Danny Bey July 14, 2015

    Michael was never involved in any “illegal or immoral dealing”. He was accused and acquitted so he shouldn’t be in the same sentence as Bill Cosby, R. Jelly, Chris Brown, etc.

  19. Teflon Boy July 14, 2015

    Are we really going to compare licking a doughnut to r***, assault and alleged molestation? I’m not a stan but I’d hardly call Ariana’s situation a scandal.., let’s wait until she sits on POTUS’s cigar lol. Tbh I believe where artists are concerned they are selling a persona as much as they are selling music. Supposedly the songs are a window into their ‘life’ so in a lot of ways it’s difficult to separate them from the music. In the case of MJ and R.Kelly and even CB they are really the very best to do what it is they uniquely do so to blacklist them is to blacklist their gifts.., Someone like Gary Glitter tho requires no thought.., Blacklist. Banish. Castrate. In that order.

  20. CocoIsChanel July 14, 2015

    I think Kendrick Lamar’s Mortal Man applies to this. (I think musically a lot. Lol) especially the stand out quote in the song. “When sh*t hits the fan, is you still a fan?”

  21. Jo July 15, 2015

    Why compare a serial r***** to a trashy h** who enjoys spitting on donuts? Why is Bill on this website? I think this is damage control for the toddler, Araina Grande.

    You’d be a fool to support a celebrity after any scandal, especially if it’s against YOUR moral nature. A tit slipping is different from a trash h** who wants to spread her germy spit on other people’s food. Screw that biotch!

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