Next time I hear yet another remark about an Artist of Color’s ego (notably, they are almost always Black), I’m gonna make posters with these statements from Adele about how she wants to “buy a gun and open fire” because she has to pay so much in taxes:
I’m mortified to have to pay 50%! [While] I use the NHS, I can’t use public transport any more. Trains are always late, most state schools are shit, and I’ve gotta give you, like, four million quid – are you having a laugh? When I got my tax bill in from [the album] 19, I was ready to go and buy a gun and randomly open fire.
How quickly we forget about this but oh, Kanye releases a new album? OMG HIS EGO! Jay Z has some new deal or other? THAT EGO! Beyonce uses a gimmicky monicker for her tour, like Queen? THAT WOMAN’S EGO IS OUT OF CONTROL! Rihanna does some marketing stunt involving a plane and music journalists? BRING HER DOWN A NOTCH! HER EGO IS OFFENSIVE!
Adele exploits her image as “every White woman” while wishing she could open fire because her exceptional wealth is taxed accordingly? well, doesn’t she look lovely in lace? If it had been Rihanna making this statement two years ago, we would have never heard the end of it.
Last week it was Kanye’s ego with the new album, today it’s Jay Z’ deal announced last night. Like clockwork, the media machine is back in the business of putting them all in their places…