Kanye West

Problematic Recording Artists

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Your DGB for today is to purchase and consume music mindfully.

When an artist does something you disagree with, the best way to show them is by no longer being a consumer of their pieces. On the heels of Kanye West’s declaration of Trump as his dragon energy brother, we here at DGB were left with an agonizing decision to make regarding our playlists. We had already denounced R. Kelly upon learning that after the show was the afterparty and after the party was the hotel lobby, but after that was apparently rape and child pornography. It was also easy to give up Kid Rock, Ted Nugent, and Kiss over their Trump support and hate speech. But, truth be told, we all still listen to Michael Jackson, and we haven’t gotten serious enough about giving up Nelly. DGB doesn’t aim to tell you whether or not it’s possible to separate an artist from their art, but we will note that Harvey Weinstein, Roman Polanski, and Bill Cosby were all recently booted from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for their respective sex crimes.

Additionally, Spotify has recently announced it will no longer actively promote artists it deems harmful or hateful, beginning with R. Kelly.

https://www.npr.org/sections/therecord/2018/05/10/610051559/starting-with-r-kelly-spotify-pulls-artists-from-playlists-for-hateful-conduct

If you’re ready to give up Kanye, or haven’t purged Nelly or Kelly, try replacing them with similar, but politically progressive artists like John Legend, Childish Gambino, Kendrick Lamar, and Jay-Z. And find more anti-Trump raps to exercise to without guilt here:

https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/hip-hop/7997503/rappers-dis-trump-eminem-the-storm-freestyle

 

Donald Trump Doesn’t Care About Puerto Ricans

Your DGB for today is to remind Trump that he has never cared about the best interests of Puerto Rico.

Back in 2008, Trump companies made some big promises to slap their name on a failing golf resort and turn the operation into some sort of bigly success. Like most of their other money-making schemes, they stood to profit whether the resort itself did or not. By 2012, Trump & Sons had driven it even farther into the ground. They took their $600,000 and bounced, leaving the small island territory with a bankrupt property in the critical tourism industry. Puerto Rico managed to recover, as we know they will after the devastation from Hurricane Maria. Just like back then, it’ll be no thanks to Trump.

https://www.buzzfeed.com/danielwagner/trumps-puerto-rican-golfing-trip-that-ended-in-bankruptcy?utm_term=.bc5ezpe1O#.hmQO37O0z

http://www.politifact.com/florida/statements/2017/may/04/florida-democratic-party/did-bankrupt-trump-golf-course-puerto-rico-leave-t/

DGB doesn’t know the exact whereabouts of Kanye West, but we need him to show up and make one of his post-hurricane declarations on this. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/kanye-west-george-bush-black-people_us_55d67c12e4b020c386de2f5e In lieu of putting us in touch with Yeezy, you’ll channel LeBron James and tweet something to the tune of

.@realDonaldTrump U bum, use your $600K profit from your failed Puerto Rico golf course to help their humanitarian crisis NOW.