The Voice

Why Do We Care More About CeeLo Green’s Rape Tweets Than the Real Accusations Against Him?

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In the ongoing saga of famous men trying to redefine what constitutes rape, CeeLo Green recently detached his jawbone in order to get his foot farther down his own throat. His most salacious tweet was one that reportedly read: “Women who have really been raped REMEMBER!!!” Outlets ranging from the Los Angeles Times to Billboard to The Guardian to BuzzFeed have reported this quote as fact, all pointing to each other and/or this manual MT (modified retweet) from a user instead of a direct screenshot of CeeLo’s deleted tweet (something I haven’t seen turn up yet). Legitimacy of this specific tweet aside, Green undoubtedly offered up a handful of offensive tweets about date rape loosely veiled as dialogue with his fans, apologized for them, deleted them, and went back to mercilessly promoting his new music video all in the last few days. It’s an uncomfortable reality of our digital age, the way off-the-cuff tweets can hurt a celebrity’s reputation even more than a criminal paper trail — one that had been following Green for a little over two years by the time he took to Twitter.
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In Praise of the TV Talent Show Weirdo

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Kate Bush took to her blog this week to write a letter in support of one Liam Tamne, a contestant on the UK version of The Voice. Tamne was voted off the show by resident musical antichrist will.i.am, despite a performance that seemed objectively better than that of his competition, to much voluble protest from his fans. Frankly, if will.i.am doesn’t like you and Kate Bush does, you’re probably doing something right, and Tamne will hopefully go on to have a successful and productive career. What it all boils down to is more proof that the most interesting thing about shows like American IdolThe X Factor, and The Voice is rarely the winners.
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