So yesterday the VMA’s were televised. I haven’t watch such things in years, so I missed them. But I saw the aftermath on social media. Chlöe, from Chloe x Halle made giant waves with her live performance. I saw the clip, and I really wasn’t impressed. In fact, it made me a bit sad.
When the sisters emerged a decade ago as talented child musicians, their style was very unique and fresh. They were unapologetic about their dreadlocked hair, and seemed to be a beacon of freshness for the latest wave of young Black entertainers. But here we are in 2021, and we seem to have an R&B clone of Cardi B.
Here’s the thing though – I have no real issue with Cardi B. Believe it or not, I have no issue with any woman who choses to wear scanty clothing and twerk and slither around on stage. What is unsettling to me are really just two things: 1) The way that entertainers – Black women especially, feel this need to go in that direction and 2) The way that people get overly excited about it and just lay blankets of praise all over it — viciously cutting down anyone who criticizes it as being anti-feminist.
I honestly wish continued success for Chlöe. I am glad that she is exploring and breaking out of her shell. But for me, she has lost her uniqueness and is now swallowed up in the sea of rap/R&B sex kittens. 🙁