It is no question that mental health has been a popularized topic in this generation. As the generation of social media, NFT, and highly unrealistic beauty standards, people tend to push the importance of mental health. We truly never know what our friend, sibling, or even colleague is facing behind the scenes. While celebrities should never be glamorized like an untouchable figure, we have to realize that they are humans too.
This article was highly inspired by Rico Nasty’s mistreatment on Playboi Carti’s tour. Rico Nasty is a female rapper from the DMV known for her hit, “Smack A B*tch.” Rico Nasty is known for her dynamic voice, eye catching style, and mesmerizing personality. On the other hand, Rico Nasty has faced a lot of battles in the music industry. One of these battles are present while opening up for Playboi Carti’s, “Narcisst Tour.” To me, it makes a lot of sense that these two acts are collaborating with each other. They give the same energy in their music, and they honestly seem like they would make a great song together. Even though I may say this, many of Carti’s fans might disagree with me. On social media, people captured a “Vamp” throwing a bottle at Rico Nasty. At another concert stop, Playboi Carti fans were chanting, “Carti, Carti, Carti” while Rico Nasty was performing. Rico Nasty even claimed that fans were throwing glass bottles at her.
After these clips went viral, many celebrities were quick to come to Rico Nasty’s defense. One of these celebrities included Doja Cat, who has collaborated with Rico for their song, “Tia Tamera.” Doja Cat and Rico Nasty have been friends for years, and their friendship has remained strong.
Even after the support on social media, Rico Nasty was still dealing with a lot of baggage. Rico Nasty tweeted alarming messages, which have since been deleted, and many of her fans were alarmed.
Many people have been questioning Playboi Carti for not speaking out about this matter.
Equally important, Doja Cat also spoke out about her struggles in the music industry. While many people are debating whether she is a Hip-Hop or Pop artist, many people seemed to miss her message on social media. On her Instagram live, Doja Cat spoke out about not being able to make music for fun for roughly five years. Doja Cat told her fans that does not take breaks, and wants to game at home. Many people thought that the Pop singer was being ungrateful, but they have to realize that social media reality is not real life.
Doja Cat is consistent with her music, whether it is a feature, single, or album. People need to also realize that Doja Cat is on point with her visuals and performances. This alone might take weeks to prepare for. I know people might say she signed up for this, but even a 9-5 worker gets exhausted. Even the process of recording an album can take more than a year for most artists.
Being a female entertainer in the music industry is hard. They have to deal with nonstop dating topics, being sexualized, the pressure of releasing music, and their actions being spotlighted more than male entertainers.
A person will go on social media and tear down an artist for simply stating that they want a break. I believe artists, like Doja Cat, should take breaks. Her global fanbase is strong enough to last a month without music.
Being a female in today’s world is excruciating, and being a female entertainer takes a lot of strength. Having the world knowing your actions nonstop feels like you have no space to breathe. The constant need for people to showcase their life on social media is toxic.
While this article comes to an end, I want every reader to know to not judge the surface of every situation. Female entertainers may be on the cover of the latest issue of Vogue, but on the inside they are crying for help. These high profile females are human beings, and it is important that they prioritize their mental health.
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