Try as people might to divorce celebrity from the real world, it directly influences the world that we all live in. Portrayals of black men in the media lead to racist narratives that paint Kanye as a villain and Taylor as the white woman in distress. Putting on a show at the Grammys to become a victim in the face of a black bogeyman perpetuates stereotypes and plays into tropes that have existed since Birth of a Nation.
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