Between British Prime Minister, David Cameron labelling Nigeria as “fantastically corrupt” and Azealia Banks facing major backlash from the entire Internet, we are paying a lot of attention to the UK this afternoon.
In a series of unrelated events, David Cameron was caught on camera discussing international politics with the Queen of England. One of the jarring declarations he made without being aware of the lenses was in regard to the anti-corruption summit he is to host on Thursday. Cameron said “We’ve got some leaders of some fantastically corrupt countries coming to Britain. Nigeria and Afghanistan, possibly the two most corrupt countries in the world.”
Somewhere at the other end of the world, Azealia Banks came under major fire from the Internet, especially from music fans in the UK after a series of social media posts aimed at former One Direction band boy Zayn Malik and the entire UK grime scene.
Banks didn’t bar any holds as she tweeted a constant stream of vile, racist, homophobic and utterly disgusting comments and rhetorics. At the depths of her tumble down this PR dark hole, she ended up in the same corner with 14-year-old actress Skai Jackson and Nigerian singer MNEK, both of whom were quick to give her snarky responses with the bonus of well-meaning career advice.
Of course as with any Nigerian reaction to anything, regardless of the facts, there were immediate calls for an apology from the British PM while memes and opinion militia tweets grazed Azealia Banks’ side of things.
However, one particular development stood out in the whirlpool of Azealia Banks’ chaotic social media mess. Apparently the event organisers for Rinse Born and Bred Festival, a UK music festival she was supposed to headline in June made a public announcement that she had been dropped from the line-up of artistes billed to perform. This was part of their attempt to distance themselves from her offensive comments.
“We have decided to cancel Azealia Banks’ headline appearance at Rinse Born & Bred,” their press statement reads. “Rinse Born & Bred is a celebration of rave culture and has been created for EVERYONE. We celebrate inclusivity and equality.”
Like we said earlier, these are unrelated events. We have to admit the British Prime Minister’s comments may have been distasteful but maybe he does have a point. Think about it, if a series of controversial tweets can get an artiste dropped from the line-up of a music festival, it means such distasteful behaviour, like slut shaming bloggers as we have seen with Wizkid, beating up fans as Davido has done or smoking weed in public like we see with Burna Boy should have graver consequences for their brands as artistes.
These three are perfect examples because they all have international record/management deals, major corporate endorsements amongst other brand and career building responsibilities that have been sealed into contracts.
Maybe if Nigeria wasn’t so fantastically corrupt, this generation of spoiled mega pop stars that have no regard for their brands and careers would not get away with so many stupid things. Invested parties would be quick to call them to order.