A few months ago I was listening to the song “Savage Love” by Jason Derulo. I thought it was a nice song with a fun beat.
Daughter: You can’t listen to that song. There’s a petition on (insert social media outlet here) to ban it.
Daughter: Because it steals the theme from a Polynesian song
Daughter: First of all the song mimics another. Secondly, Derulo isn’t of that culture so he is using something without the full understanding of what it means
Me: Isn’t music basically just the same seven notes, just arranged slightly differently. After awhile, doesn’t all music, consciously or unconsciously mirror itself?
Should we ban music because it may or may not mirror something else?
Last week I wanted to watch “The Prom” on Netflix. “The Prom” is loosely based on a true story about a person who wanted to bring their same sex date to prom, and all that ensued afterwards. My daughter said we shouldn’t be watching it because we should be banning James Corden because he’s straight and plays his gay character very stereotypically gay.
Last year there was much brouhaha about the novel “American Dirt” because the author was not Latinx. It was said that she shouldn’t be writing about an experience that she knows nothing about, even though she researched the book for years.
Is music bad because it riffs off something else?
Is it time for Meryl to give her Oscars for “Sophie’s Choice” and “The Iron Lady” because she is neither British nor Polish?
Now that Gatsby is public domain, do we not allow any adaptations of it?
I listened to Savage Love, watched The Prom and read American Dirt.
Am I a bad person?
By doing these things, am I hurting someone or something?
Is my behavior egregious?
While worrying about the government becoming Big Brother….have people, regular everyday people, become big brother?
The other day I posted about how a friend of a friend got suspended from Facebook with no cause or reason. A few people responded that the most likely cause of getting suspended from a social media outlet is by someone reporting you.
Regular person A reports another regular person Z. Person Z is not given a trial. They are not given a reason.
They are just considered guilty.
No charge given.
Just a verdict rendered.
Am I the only one who thinks there is a problem with this?
Aren’t we supposed to be ending profiling?
Is by doing more profiling the way to end profiling?
Or are we just allowed to report anyone who doesn’t agree with us?
If someone doesn’t like this post, instead of ignoring it and moving on, should they report me because they think I an inciting something?
Because I am speaking out of place?
Because I don’t know anything?
Because they don’t agree with me?
Back in November when I wrote the idea for this post, in my mind it was about music: how all songs borrow from one another in some way. But as I began to write this morning, I realized how much this specific example reflects a wider problem- how when you give someone a little power, how it can be used for good, and for not so good.
We have all, individually, somehow become judge, jury and executioner…
If we don’t stop judging others, things will never get better