In today’s climate, more and more names are falling foul of public favor – often for wrongs uncovered from times of past.
It’s resulted in a heated and ever-raging debate about the fairness of penalizing people retroactively.
J. Cole has expressed his two cents in on the matter in a new interview with XXL.
Check out his words below…
The rapper, who has publicly supported the likes of Tekashi 6ix9ine and XXXTentacion, told the magazine:
“I understand outrage. So I don’t know. If anything, it kind of makes me want to be even more empathetic to people that the world considers to be undesirable. Because we live in a world where everybody wants to be so quick to cancel somebody. But at the same time, people condemn the criminal justice system, which is entirely the cancellation system. To me, both of those ideas are f*cked up, like, ‘We’re throwing you away.’ […] You’re looking to punish me—and don’t get it twisted, what I did was a punishable offense—but where are you talking about healing me? Where are you going to show me some compassion and some f*cking love?”
He want on to add:
“I’m down for accountability culture. I’m cool with that. Even for myself,” he said. “Everyone needs to be accountable. I don’t mind if someone got something to say about me or what I said or did. That’s all good. But cancel culture? I don’t cancel nobody.”
[My tweet supporting certain people] was just me realizing that and letting it be known, I’m deadass serious, hit my phone. I’ve done that with people where they just spill they f*cking hearts out. I’ll listen and ask the right questions and give any guidance where I can. It’s just understanding, bro. People in the game, people in general, we don’t do that for each other.”
Are you feeling Jermaine’s more emphatic approach?