Even warhero Glenn Miller faced criticism of his modern version of jazz.
The music Earl Sweatshirt or Thebe Kgositsile as he is named off stage performed has not achieved such a status among the general population yet. It maybe never does.
But should we not protect young talents instead of pushing them into mental care just because they during their innovative process may offend us with their art?
We feel that we as a democratic society should allow artists to outlive their potential instead of judging them before they have been able to develop their art into something the society in the future may appreciate.
Research into the nature of mental institutions like Coral Reef Academy does not produce a nice picture. While his personal choice of religion remain unknown for us there are resonable doubt that he will be allowed to attend a church of his own choice because this particular facility has close ties to a certain religious community.
Time has come for older artists to support the young musicians who will take over once they have retired. We must ask the entertainment industry to at least write letters of support for Sweatshirt and other young artist facing similar challenges. While they enjoy succes today, they must remember that they many years back also was the talented young people who was condemned by society. They made it but they also know a lot of young people who didn't and maybe met their end too early due to ignorance and judgmental attitude.
Give Sweatshirt a chance to succeed with his art.
Set him free!!
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