(AllHipHop News) Kehlani and Reyna Biddy got together for an episode of Sunday Gems on Apple Music's Beats 1 radio. The conversation covered some hot-button issues in the music industry at the moment, including the idea of “cancel culture.”
“Nobody ends up getting canceled. These people that we go in on - and it becomes heartbreaking sometimes - their streaming goes up, their views go up, they get more followers, they're still booking shows,” said Kehlani. “It's disheartening as f*ck depending upon how deep the trauma they inflicted was, so it's not even the act of the canceling itself that I support. It's the act of if you are feeling unsafe and you are feeling unheard and someone has made you feel absolutely just low as hell, then you have every right to express your anger about that, and you have every right to set a boundary between yourself and this person.”
She added, “And potentially, if you feel like they're putting other people in danger, be loud about that sh*t. This is real life. Logging out of Twitter, logging out of Instagram - everybody's real humans living real lives. So it never really gets to the point where you're like, ‘Damn, their life is canceled.’”
When the topic of the late rapper XXXTentacion came up, Biddy stated, “Everyone canceled him, including myself. I would hear him, and I would just throw it, like no, [I] want nothing to do with it, because I've been the girl in that situation.” Before his death in 2018, XXX was accused of assaulting his then-girlfriend.
Biddy continued, “The cancel culture was like, ‘Well, he deserved it, because he did this to who knows how many others.’ It hurt me because I almost feel like we projected that hate onto him, and again, I'm not saying I support this person, but it also is so inhumane sometimes of the way that we're so willing to bully someone.”
“I am watching a mother speak about it. I am dealing with a friend that is close to me losing someone that she was involved with, and then I'm watching people just fight. So everything I was seeing was pain,” recalled Kehlani about the real-time reaction to XXX’s murder. “Am I advocating for this man? Absolutely not. Do I to this day? Absolutely not. Do I condone his violent actions? Absolutely not. Do I support that? No. But there was so much pain that my only stance in that at the moment was ‘Damn. There is pain coming from every angle of the room right now.’”
The "Distraction" singer added, “And God bless everyone who is feeling anything, and I'm not here to invalidate or speak down on what is causing you pain. I'm just here to acknowledge that you are going through something and god bless that.”
Kehlani also talked about the widely publicized Surviving R. Kelly docuseries and the response to the program on social media. The outspoken sexual assault survivor explained that she felt pressured to publicly address the accusations against Kelly but wasn’t quite sure how to articulate a message to her fans while still ensuring her own emotional stability. Ultimately, she’s not against people pulling support for problematic musicians.
“If it becomes toxic to you or if it endangers you or endangers somebody else, doesn't make you feel safe, I'm all for canceling that sh*t the f*ck out,” expressed Kehlani. “Which is why I do believe that cancel culture is valid, because even if something somebody said was really old, of course, there needs to be a really big apology for it, and a really big accountability taken, and real change, but if it hurt people, put people in danger, made you feel really unsafe, nobody can tell you that you're really wrong for being absolutely enraged about it.”