Yesterday, after spending 8 months for gun charges at Rikers, Lil Wayne was released. The music industry is probably happy to have one of its biggest stars free, even though his latest album I Am Not Human released last month, is selling well. MTV.com spent the day with round the clock news and updates about Wayne’s release.
Flashback to 2003 when Jay-Z released the “controversial” video for “99 Problems”. In the video, Jay is shot to death (which was supposed to symbolize his “death” and retirement from rap.) Before it was aired, MTV flashed PR videos about gun violence and John Norris went on to explain something about the “artistic merit” of the song and video, lest anyone get any ideas.
And here they are 7 years later, practically praising Lil Wayne for his stint in jail. Once again, MTV is showing its hypocrisy. The channel is notorious for its shows glamorizing sex (“Jersey Shore” in particular), and fights (“The Real World”, and once again “Jersey Shore”). Yet, during an episode of Teen Mom they placed ad for Domestic Abuse Centers, and also have been advocating the anti-cyberbullying movement. While I do agree with the message, you can’t tell me that the cast of “Jersey Shore” as they slam each other into walls, and Lil Wayne with his gun charge are getting the message that MTV so clearly wants its audience to hear.
(And for the record, I do like some of Wayne’s music, and I hope that he gets his act together after his sentence. Unlike TI.)