Celebrity Feuds: Can They Ever End?
Underneath all of the glamour and glitz, celebrities are no different than anyone else. They will encounter people that they get along with and then they will come across those that they truly cannot stand. In most cases, they can be adults and find a way to avoid the offensive person without creating unnecessary drama – and then there are celebrity feuds.
I am not talking about those little Disney star twitter fights where one accuses the other of stealing her boyfriend. I’m talking about the stuff where people get threatened, beat up or, unfortunately, killed. How many lives and careers are going to be ruined before they smarten up and appreciate their good fortune? There are so many people who would give anything to have just one chance at being in the spotlight and then there are those who choose to act ridiculous in front of the entire world.
The most recent story dominating headlines involves Nicki Minaj verbally attacking Mariah Carey as they both served as judges during the American Idol auditions. A video was released showing Nicki screaming and swearing while everyone tries to calm her down. Off camera, multiple sources claim she said she’d shoot Mariah if she had a gun (this is something Nicki denies but Mariah says she’s beefed up security anyway). We all knew ahead of time that these two were going to clash but producers did it anyway. Why would they do such a thing? Because they believe that two women degrading each other would be worth any extra viewers they might attract. They don’t take into account people’s feelings, the impact on their careers or even their safety. It’s all about the numbers.
Of course, that’s not the only battle going on. Last weekend, which was supposed to be an integral part of the Stop the Violence movement, Rick Ross and Young Jeezy got into an altercation which was caught on tape, Game got kicked out of Lil Wayne’s birthday party for punching 211 and Gunplay claims that 50 Cent’s security guards attacked him.
This, of course, comes after a major altercation took place between Chris Brown and Drake earlier this summer. Bad blood has been brewing between the pair, who have both been romantically linked to Rihanna, for a while now and it seemed to be a matter of time until it finally boiled over. Unfortunately, innocent bystanders were hurt and now the two are facing lawsuits.
Then there’s the classic rock group, Guns N’ Roses, who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year. Unfortunately, lead singer, Axl Rose, and guitarist, Slash, have been fighting for years and Rose refused to attend the ceremony. Not only did the fans miss out but Rose also missed an opportunity to receive credit for his contribution to the music industry.
No discussion about celebrity feuds would be complete, however, without talking about Tupac and Notorious B.I.G. It all started with a war of words that pitted the East Coast (Bad Boy Entertainment) against the West Coast (Death Row Records). I will admit, it was a little exciting at first with so many people getting in on the battle (even my grandmother once threw up Tupac’s famous Westside gang sign) but then it got scary. Both of these young rappers were rising stars with incredible talent and both, tragically, lost their lives in drive-by shootings. Over the years, rumors have swirled about who may have been involved in the killings but most people agree that it was directly related to the East Coast/West Coast feud. Their mothers, Afeni Shakur and Voletta Wallace, appeared together on the 1999 MTV Awards to present the “Best Rap Video” prize. They did this to stand together in an effort to end the violence that took their sons.
How many more people have to get hurt (emotionally or physically) or killed before artists realize that their actions are irresponsible and unnecessary? How can it end - especially with show producers egging them on for ratings? Don't they realize that they are playing Russian Roulette with people's lives?