People are really pissed that Selena Gomez is Billboard’s 2017 Woman of the Year
Let’s revisit this year, shall we?
On November 30th, Selena Gomez will be honored as Billboard’s 2017 woman of the year, and even her fans are mad about it.
I love Selena Gomez but I truly do think Ariana Grande should've been named woman of the Year for billboard :/
— jolly alex🎄 (@alexandraamey) November 2, 2017
The singer, producer and actress will join the ranks of artists like Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Pink, Katy Perry, Fergie, Beyoncé and Madonna — but it really should have been anyone but her.
Just a quick rundown of some of the things she's done this year: Worked with accused pedophile Woody Allen, mocked Black Lives Matter supporters and called it "picking sides", refused to say anything about Trump's policies towards immigration, DREAMers, and the Latinx community as a whole until she was blasted for it, and released three just-okay singles.
Let's take a closer look:
She said people who support BLM are 'picking sides'
In July of last year, Selena Gomez took to Twitter to defend Taylor Swift after Kim Kardashian leaked a video that shows the singer approving Kanye West’s controversial lyric on "Famous."
Somehow, in doing so, she managed to also belittle the Black Lives Matter movement.
"There are more important things to talk about… Why can't people use their voice for something that f**king matters?" she tweeted.
There are more important things to talk about… Why can't people use their voice for something that fucking matters?
— Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) July 18, 2016
Another user replied asking why she and Swift hadn't spoken to the Black Lives Matter movement.
Gomez replied and said, "I could give two fucks about sides."
Twitter users went after her, criticizing her trivialization of racial and criminal injustice issues, and questioning her silence around the Orlando shooting – which they pointed out mostly took the lives of people of her Latinx community.
Not to mention she hasn't even put out anything groundbreaking this year
As an artist, it's not fair to say every single thing you put out has to be dipped in politics, and dripping with social justice references, but the most controversial thing Selena put out this year was Bad Liar — the video for which was more controversial than the song itself but for all the wrong reasons.
She literally played her own dad.
She had her sticky little fingers all over the extremely controversial Netflix suicide drama, 13 Reasons Why
As a celebrity you should know when to invest your time in a project and when to walk away from it, and when the project is a show dramatizing the suicide of a young girl, you should definitely know.
There's literally a timetable of suicides allegedly linked to the hit Netflix series ’13 Reasons Why,’ and while nobody is saying Selena played any part in this directly, she chose to play an indirect part when she signed on to the project.
"It’s chilling to me that Selena Gomez, who worked with Disney making movies that families watched, steered her fan base to this," said one father whose daughter died by suicide nearly immediately after binge-watching the show. "Someone has to stand up and say, ‘This is wrong.’”
Let's face it: It should have been someone like Ariana Grande
Earlier this year, just days after 23 adults and children were killed in the Manchester terror attack at her concert, Grande put on a benefit concert for 50,000 people, and the entirety of proceeds went to victims and their families.
250 people were injured and nobody would have blamed Grande if she never sang again. But she did — and raised $13 million for victims while she was at it.
Even if it's not Ariana, there are other female artists out here doing more than Gomez has this year, and who wouldn't belittle something as crucial as the BLM movement in a stupid Twitter beef with fans.
Let's call this what is: a desperate bid for Selena to recognize Billboard and show up at their events. She's the most popular person on Instagram, and every move she makes is meticulously tracked and consumed by fans and haters alike. Billboard wants some of that, and snubs women with more serious contributions in the process.