“Who among us—even today in our jobs—has not looked at the competition and thought, “Keep it real kid, you don’t know who you fucking with.” Of course the next verse begins with “Yeah likewise, tired of rap guys that’s faggots.” What follows are some great lyrics, and truthfully a year ago, it was enough to say, “OK, I’ll never play this publicly.” But the more of it hear in my old music, and the less of it I hear in my new music, my tolerance is wearing down.
It’s the same for Breakfast At Tiffany’s, probably my favorite film of all time. But Mickey Rooney’s yellowface makes it untenable. It is as if someone baked an exquisite chocolate cake, and then having presented it to your party, dumped a shaker worth of salt over the thing. I think this is why we avoid conversations around societal bias. We have so much to defend, and we fear what we may have to leave behind.
I’m not clear that it’s fair for me to hold art that I loved to evolving standards, but one has the right to choose which art they’ll continue to engage. Lately I’ve come to feel that engagement in art that conflicts with my core values, says something about how core those values really are. But this is merely for me, and I’m still working it all out.”” —revisiting rap years later
George Orwell - “Homage to Catalonia”
Like Hemingway and certain of his other contemporaries, Orwell traveled to Spain to fight against Fascism during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939).