OPINION: Fame shouldn’t buy accountability

By Erick Gerardo Villarreal (J-101 Staff Writer) 

Tekashi “Sixnine,” real name Daniel Hernandez, was arrested Sunday and is now facing federal racketeering and firearms charges by the Department of Justice. The rapper and his whole crew, including his manager Kifano Jordan and three others, were arrested. Hernandez is facing the maximum sentence of life in prison at the age of 22. To me, Hernandez represents everything wrong with the state of things in entertainment culture. Hernandez rose to fame and fortune releasing music where he glorifies money and drugs and there is nothing wrong with that. He has the freedom to make whatever mindless “music” he can,  music that has a good beat that he can scream over. The problem arises when somebody becomes exempt from moral accountability and even accountability in the eyes of the law. It seems not many of his fans know or they don’t care that Hernandez was charged as “a person guilty of the use of a child in a sexual performance. If knowing the character and content thereof, he employs, authorizes or induces a child less than seventeen years of age to engage in a sexual performance or being a parent, legal guardian or custodian of such child, he consents to the participation by such child in a sexual performance.”  

The girl in these sexual acts with two grown men was 13 and the men were Hernandez and a separately-charged defendant, Taquan Anderson. What came of all this was honestly nothing. The “rapper” got one year of interim probation, was ordered not to commit another crime in two years and many other punishments, excluding prison time. Hernandez saw no harm from any of this as he continued to release music and adding to his fame and fortune; even releasing a song with star Nicki Minaj with 491 Million views on YouTube. Hernandez, having 49.6K followers on Instagram, it seems that crimes don’t affect his fame and fortune. What we are seeing now is this rappers’ true nature: he is a criminal, not someone to be gushed over and looked up to. His only consequence of sexual acts with a minor was to not commit another crime in two years and he couldn’t even do that. After avoiding jail time, he pled guilty to assaulting an officer and now he is facing firearm and racketeering charges. So my question is: does enough money and fame buy you out of accountability? I hope not. This man is a criminal and no matter how popular you are, the law should be the same for everyone. It saddens and sickens me to see so many #freetekashi because it’s basically supporting a criminal sex predator that happens to make music.


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