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India.Arie Claps Back At Her Internet Attackers

After India.Arie Tweeted these messages about the lack of social responsibility artists (like Beyonce and Lady GaGa) are taking in their music and videos these days, folks started attacking her. But she's not taking the internet thuggery lightly. Here's her Twitter response to the stans and vicious attackers: I woke up this morning to the news that my Great Grandmother who was 99 years old, made her transition. She was a courageous and Noble very intelligent Bold spoken women. I was going to write this ANYway, but now, I have added incentive. Life’s to precious to live it for anybody else. So let's clarify one good time, for myself, for my fans and friends, and anyone attempting to disrespect me, twist my words or intimidate me. To be clear, I made the mistake of thinking that I could have a conversation about current events with a mass group of people, of course that NEVER works, because obviously there are too many people who think too many ways to keep it to a simple debate and sharing of ideas. BUT I speak to mass groups of people through my music, I write songs of social commentary, so, I continue to speak my heart and mind. I never intend to disrespect any one if it ever comes across that way, it’s a misperception of who I am and intend to be. Sadly, not surprising that some kids will be THAT disrespectful...LOL! I have to laugh to keep from crying. It scares me for our kids. I know were better than that. No one can make you be a kinder person, but why not be kinder for yourself? Being Crude and vulgar is such a waste of time and mind. I see all of that type of talk as childish games. If you really want to communicate with me be eloquent and respectful. I enjoy debate and understanding other points of view. Anything other than that is just bad childish jokes, I haven blocked you yet because I find it astonishing and curious... I'm scared for our youth, we gotta be better than that. And to GROWN people saying little slick stuff... This internet anonymity syndrome, where people say mean things ONLY because they know they won't have to be held responsible for it ... Sad sign of the times man. Oh. The Randomness: 1. Oprah has settled her defamation lawsuit involving the former headmistress of O's South African Leadership Academy for Girls. Story

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Unfortunately, that is a sad

Unfortunately, that is a sad reality. The internet can be used as a double edged sword sometimes and I've found that opinions are not so welcomed especially if it detersfrom popular opinion. IT TAKES A LEADER TO LEAD!!!! Preach on Ms. Arie!!!!!!
anyway's picture

I WILL CONTINUE TO GET

I WILL CONTINUE TO GET MAINSTREAM BLACK ARTIST MUSIC FOR FREE UNTIL THEY BECOME ORIGINAL AND STOP SHOWING THE SAME VIDEOS LIGHT SKINNED CHICKS FREAKIN IN BED WITH DARK BUTT MAN. THIS INCLUDES MONICA!!!! AS FAR AS INDIA LOVE HER ALWAYS WILL & WILL ALWAYS PAY FOR HER MUSIC FROM ITUNES!!!
STUPIDGIRLLOL's picture

oh well

oh well
DOO BETTER's picture

India, sorry but we're living

India, sorry but we're living in the last days and folks are just down right ignorant. The internet has turned these closet fools into even bigger fools. It's sad, it really is.
BadGirl23's picture

If anyone wants to know the

If anyone wants to know the whole story behind this shortened article...please go to Twitter, follow India Arie and read the original tweet....it's much longer and more detailed about her relationship with Gaga and Bey...she doesn't hate them at all. Get the whole story...not just bits and pieces!!!
Sunshyne's picture

Tell it India!

Tell it India!
Island Gyal's picture

I agree with India 100% as I

I agree with India 100% as I stated on the first post. This is why I support artist like her. Music today is so bad, filled with sex and dumbed down lyrics.
Tiffany's picture

Look at all of these black

Look at all of these black people on here that can't seem to face the fact india.arie SUCK big time and is no longer relevant to the music business. Has any of her album sold 10 million world wide? Nope, but GAGA's albums has!! You black people don't know great music it seem. GAGA ROCKS!! F-- the haters!!
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@ vique why are there young

@ vique why are there young parents? Where were these 'young parents' parents- to teach their kid better? I mean, shit happens, I'm sure some 'good families' have teenagers that get pregnant because the reality is if a teen wants to have sex, most likely they'll find a way to do it. But lets be real - in a lot of teen pregnancies the girl lives in a troubled home. But I agree that people have to take responsibility for their actions and can't blame their upbringing, or lack of one for acting ignorant. But it just annoys me when some people from the older generation try to act so perfect - yeah on what planet?
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I agree w/ India somewhat,

I agree w/ India somewhat, but for everyone saying we need to something about 'these kids', I have a quote for you - "Those you criticized our generation forgot who raised it." It irks my nerves when older people are always coming down on my generation (I'm 19) and act like their's was so perfect. Not saying India or anyone here was doing that, but it happens. But the older generation are the ones who raised/are raising - or rather, NOT raising this generation. Sex and violence in videos isn't new. 'Internet thugging' or 'bullying' may be fairly new, but the internet hasn't been around that long, anyways. So of course it's 'new'. I'm not saying we (this generation) don't have issues/problems but don't act like all this is something new, either - it's really not. Basically I agree w/ The Anti. Actually, some kids have good parents and turn out....I don't want to say bad but 'troubled' lol....but for the majority - it is bad parenting/bad parents.
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@The Anti - your statement

@The Anti - your statement only told us how the chicken laid the egg...how did the chicken come about? Why are there so many bad parents? One, there are many young parents; young parents influenced by what???? C'mon. We are all in this together and folks (not limited to parents) have to be more responsible.
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@Coffey - celebrities,

@Coffey - celebrities, politicians, etc with that much exposure on those levels should have some social responsibility. parents are ultimately responsible but how many tweens listen to their parents -- they want to be cool??? i saw a video several months ago with young rappers in skinny jeans and now EVERY tween boy in my neighborhood just about wears skinny jeans. Music period is a powerful influence, the industry pimps it and artist (we're calling them brands now) for $$$$$ with no social responsibility. Just look at crime and the gang culture statistics after the group NWA was pushed into mainstream. Don't deny the influence. i'm saying be more responsible and promote positive change and go ahead and make money, but don't promote such abusive/negative lifestyles for a buck. @Curtis - i feel what ur saying. i know many talented ppl that shy away from the music industry for that reason, but there is nothing wrong with those who are in that mess trying to shed a righteous/positive light. so india would get more points if she kept her tasteful opinions to herself? i seriously doubt this woman thought this up and took to twitter for publicity/sales. sounds very genuine to me. i dropped my debate class ;) but pls admit you see the differences between the types of artists and how their music, videos, etc influence peoples character, behavior, etc? If india directed this comment towards the old rap group NWA would she get points then? Sure there is a large contrast between NWA, Gaga and Rhianna but they fall under the same dark umbrella right now...based on what i see in my neighborhood. Just like regional artists and their bull influence behaviors in my region...and it's not even mainstream.
vique's picture

Are we really blaming the

Are we really blaming the poor behaviour of our children on celebrities ? Come on good people !?
Coffey's picture

Fuck her thats why she don't

Fuck her thats why she don't sell records. It's not about your opinion you don't slam other artists when you are one yourself it comes off very HATERISH. Which is was.
Le Michele's picture

India go and take a nap.

India go and take a nap.
Miss GQ's picture

If today's youth are doomed

If today's youth are doomed it's only because of bad parenting and bad parents. The state of America's youth is a direct reflection upon the failures of their parents. POINT BLANK PERIOD.
The Anti's picture

Michelle. No

Michelle. No question(however, i think because gaga and bey have such a huge demographic that some of their artsitic ideas a la videophone are not suited to the entirety of their audience) and I am not saying that I don't GET the criticism. I cringed a few times when I saw the beginning(the nudity) and children watching the video, yeah. I agree, it should not happen. I can say this about a lot of India's music too and pretty much every adult recording artist in the industry believe it or not. But I am glad that we can discuss this and even if we disagree, we respect each other. That's cool. See ya later.
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@ Sure, whatever you say...I

@ Sure, whatever you say...I understand that those people I mentioned are only part of the problem, but so are Bey and GaGa. That's why I mentioned other artists that I feel are equally irrepsonsible with the content they put out. I think she should've addressed the industry as a whole, opposed to addressing two artists specifically. If that video bothered her so much, I would LOVE to know how she feels about all the other garbage that's constantly on TV for all of the young kids to see. Why was this video a breaking point??? The girl on girl stuff? Was it GaGa being naked? Bey poisoning people? This stuff is on TV all day every day, before this video even came out.
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And I am not knocking artists

And I am not knocking artists who do feel this way: I am a real artist. I would do it for free. I believe in inspiring people with my lyrics. My words. I am a vessel. Most of the time, they AREN'T part of the mainstream, but independent of them. They know how it works and don't want to be apart of it. THAT'S how an artist makes an statement.
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@ curtis i understand your

@ curtis i understand your viewpoint and agree to an extent about the veneration of neo soul artists. however, i think because gaga and bey have such a huge demographic that some of their artsitic ideas a la videophone are not suited to the entirety of their audience which i think is what india is talking about.personally i do not think 5 year olds should be watching the telephone video. though it is not up to bey and gaga to be responsible for that. nice debating with you though :)
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thank u India! for being one

thank u India! for being one of the sensible ones left! some ppl are so consumed with their idolization of these artists its insane! Its like they can do no wrong, nothing is unforgivable or bad. Im sorry but at the end of the day we are the ones making them rich and when they retire, their stans will be broke and still unaware of the world
Flow's picture

Vique, and this is precisely

Vique, and this is precisely what I am talking about. They aren't freaking superheroes, they are entertainers who are brands themselves. Just a different type of brand. People talking about fans of Beyonce, Gaga and etc worship those them but some fans of Neo-Soul artists do the same thing. Like those artists are the standard of what real and quality contemporary music is about. And 1/2 of the time they don't even live up to what they "preach". Not that I am judging them, I don't care how they live. They are entertainers and I listen to their music if I like it. But as I said, if I am a label head and I want to get the "back-pacers", those who I KNOW would NEVER buy a Beyonce CD, a Rihanna CD, a Ciara CD, even a Keyshia Cole CD, I will sign artists don't look like them, don't sing about the stuff that they do, and appeal to that deomgraphic that would never buy their CDs. That's how it is done. And they will play the role too(because they all have image consultants, India too): I am a real artist. I would do it for free. I believe in inspiring people with my lyrics. My words. I am a vessel. Blah, blah, blah. And the thing is, some of the artists who people who have the viewpoint you do about them, could do what India does. Like Gaga. Even with the Rob Fusari article, the thing he said that she was not a Dance/Pop artist. She was a rock acoustic artist. He molded her that way. Perfect example of how the industry is. And India KNOWS this and that's why what she is said is fail. Just another example of someone trying to get some shine of controversy but in a different way. Gaga does it by making stuff like this and India is doing it by going on TWITTER, and criticizing it. All normal of the industry.
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I get what you are saying

I get what you are saying Michelle, but I am even not speaking about whether the industry is disingenious and what is different about what India offering? That's precisely my point. The industry is BUILT off comparisions. Who is a true artist? Who is real? Who can SANG? And whatever. If I am a label head and if I have the ability to make money off both an India Aire and a Gaga, I will sign them both. Mold them into what demographic I want to sell to and kill two birds with one stone. That's why I said this: As I said before, India wouldn’t have a career if she wasn’t allow to do what she does. Gaga would be doing what India does, but she had to do it in order to be in the industry because that’s how the industry is.
Curtis's picture

sorry curtis your reply is

sorry curtis your reply is misguided and not valid. india's, jill's, sades, and i can name plenty more in music and movie industry, etc have promoted change in the industry they are in. they've given us a variety from the mess they are pumping to the main stream. you have to be one-track minded to think that their music, styles, lyrics have not influenced our youth/women/people in a positive way. artists such as these are what influenced little girls in my neighborhoood to wear natural hairstyles opposed to weaves and chemical damaging hair processes (no offense), write poetry, write music, good lyrics, uplifting. And on the other hand I see the children in my neighborhood who are influenced by the dark, sex-crazed, bootie-popping music who can't wait to get in a club when they turn 16!!!
vique's picture

i totally agree with india

i totally agree with india about this, even with people on this site, they are so rude and aggressive, over what?. I remember making a comment about beyonce wearing heels that she cannot walk in and somebody insulted me over it!!??. i found it amazing and ridiculous. do better people, educate ur minds!!
fem's picture

@ i stil disagree, just

@ i stil disagree, just because the industry as in general may be disingenous does not mean all of it is. by being in it she is providing a different voice than what your typically use to hearing. though she should not have expected everyone to react niceky to her comments, does not mean that she should discontinue voicing her opinions or that she should be subjected to such vitrile.
michelle's picture

And she can criticize all she

And she can criticize all she wants to, but when criticizing, she is going to get it back and guess what? It's not always nice. If you don't want the attention, then shut up. Not if you're not willing to play the price and don't play victim.
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@Vique No, because she's

@Vique No, because she's making money off the very thing that she's criticizing. As I said before, India wouldn't have a career if she wasn't allow to do what she does. Gaga would be doing what India does, but she had to do it in order to be in the industry because that's how the industry is. It's always about IMAGE first and India is part of the same industry. She's no better than them. That's why I always say that India, Jill, Erykah and artist like them are just like Gaga, Rihanna and etc. They are of the same coin but a different side. If people want to boycott how the industry is, stop buying both entities because that's the only way the industry will change. If an artist really that upset with the industry, leave it.
Curtis's picture

She didn't attack no one

She didn't attack no one personally.... I keep hearing about people complaining about ppl takin away their rights, and then get mad wen someone exercises their right....
serene's picture

Michelle, she can't change

Michelle, she can't change the industry and she is not trying to. As I said, she can only do what she does with her label's support. Otherwise, she wouldn't be a part of it. That's why it is a fail to write all of what she said in the first place. It's like me being pro-life but buying things and working for companies and as well as accepting money that profits from abortion(speaking hypothetically). If an artist is mad about how the industry is: LEAVE IT.
Curtis's picture

The truth stings. people

The truth stings. people don't want to deal with reality so we go on like it doesn't exist...and get mad when somethign brings it up. No one asked her opinion? Last i check this is the good U.S.A and she can say what she wants. Why bey? Why gaga? Cuz there ontop of their game...they are making the most profit off of it. Is it wonderful that bey gives back, and gaga fights for gay rights? Absolutely. But I bet their mass audience only care about what they see.
serene's picture

@ Sophia Amen... I think it

@ Sophia Amen... I think it is just sad and pathetic that people are behaving this rude and ugly towards her opinion...If that is what she believes, then she is intitled to her opinion. She was not being mean or rude (there is a difference), and for people to attack her like that is just plain childish. Sometimes you have to wonder if these people (commentors that are being mean), have a vested(monetary) interested in that particular celeb...*sigh*
satindoll's picture

India is a brilliant woman!

India is a brilliant woman! Of course those trolls on the internet were going to attack her! They're idiots and have nothing better to do than talk shit and hide! I fear for my generation!
MW09's picture

I'm sorry but Arie needs more

I'm sorry but Arie needs more people. I agree with her about the internet thuggery, but if you were really above it all, why dedicate an entire essay to the negativity? I'm sorry, but this comes off as defensive, and in some ways childish. This doesn't sound like "wisdom", it sounds like a grown ass woman clapping back at people who disagree with her. I don't buy it.
Nicole's picture

I don’t have a problem with

I don’t have a problem with taking a “moral stand” from a surface pov, but it’s hypocritical to be part of something that you’re criticizing and STAY IN IT. --------- Doing the opposite would be the likings of a COWARD. It is not always the best choice to run away from something that you don't agree with -- stay and fight, open dialogue and encourage change.
vique's picture

I don’t have a problem with

I don’t have a problem with taking a “moral stand” from a surface pov, but it’s hypocritical to be part of something that you’re criticizing and STAY IN IT. --------- Doing the opposite would be the likings of a COWARD. It is not always the best choice to run away from something that you don't agree with -- stay and fight, encourage change.
vique's picture

@curtis not necessarily

@curtis not necessarily because by staying in it, she can make a change from the inside out.i also do not think that she was chastising bey or gaga she simply explained her distaste for the video without resorting to invective language. i can see her point of view but i personally do not think anyone should be designated as role models just because they are in the public eye. im not the biggest fan of either of their music, but i do think its mainly up to the parents to provide the moral fibre for the children, but everyones opinion on what is considered moral is different. there is never a unifying consensus of anything in this world it is all subjective.
michelle's picture

@Curtis/Connie - India.Arie

@Curtis/Connie - India.Arie did exactly what people should do, shed light on a dark subject. She was opening dialogue on a subject not many artists have the balls to do. Her opinion is her opinion, and she voiced it with eloquence and with class. FYI - Yes, Rochelle FINALLY LEFT the industry after decades of fighting against the demonic industry...thankfully Rochelle is still using music as a gift. It's quite probable India will do the same when she is ready. India gets major points for this. Don't let the negative comments deter your course India! It's shocking but yes our youth are very foolish (put nicely)!
vique's picture

Exactly@Connie. (India you

Exactly@Connie. (India you said your piece on the video you should of known some people would not agree with you. Let the negative comments slide Please! i am begining to believe you keep talking or tweeting because you want to still remain relevant in the crazy music biz) And people who don't like Gaga and Beyonce are buying into it and looking to crucify. India is no better than them. At least Rochelle Ferrell LEFT the industry because she didn't want to follow what the industry had in mind for her. Now RF? I respect. That is taking a true stand.
Curtis's picture

India you said your piece on

India you said your piece on the video you should of known some people would not agree with you. Let the negative comments slide Please! i am begining to believe you keep talking or tweeting because you want to still remain relevant in the crazy music biz. People are going to listen, watch whatever they want. PS the pic of you is not cute, I have seen you look so much better.
connie's picture

Sorry for typos * feel,

Sorry for typos * feel, missing "the" all that... I'm trying to type quickly at work!
TDiggs's picture

@Caesar PREACH!!!! People

@Caesar PREACH!!!! People want to say Trey Songz and other artists are sending bad messages to you. Trey is a GROWN MAN talking about grown things and he's not really vulgar. He has way more music that is not sexual. Same for Beyonce. Stop letting the TV and RADIO raise ur children. Teach them right from wrong. I agree with India though. It's sad that the BLOGS(ALL BLOGS) and the internet has now become a way for people to spread HATE and NEGATIVITY!! SAD
NO HATE!!!'s picture

This woman Tweeted. She was

This woman Tweeted. She was giving her opinion on HER account for those who follow HER! She didn't trash Gaga or Bey. She didn't say that the video was satanic or evil, she didn't say she hated them as artists, she didn't say she didn't LIKE the video. She simply stated that she felt it was socially irresponsible. I cannot stand the mentality that if you voice your opinion, even respectfully like she did, that you are "HATING". She wasn't overly negative-- she was simply stating that she felt it was over the top. So now if you are a lesser known artist and you don't like what a more popular artist put out, you have to be jealous. I am sorry. Artist are still consumers and fans. They have right to say what they fill without being crucified. And these people who came back at India like she had called Bey and Gaga evil whores are clearly overcompensating. I like Bey and can even get with Gaga, but I still didn't like the video. I understood the pop culture references (most of them anyway) and the artistry behind the concept, but I still felt it was too much. And that is my opinion-- because I don't have an album its okay to feel that way, but because India does (several successful ones at that) she should expect for people to call her names and trash her music. She didn't do either to the artists she was referring to. And she spoke specifically on the VIDEO -- nothing in their pasts. Some of you are using the logic that if she doesn't mention EVERY artist with questionable moral content in their music or videos she is somehow ONLY speaking about Bey and Gaga. That is a new 9 minute video-- it is relevant. I am surprised she hasn't been called out about something on Twitter before now. India has spoken about these issues before and will probably do it in the future. I hope that she's just tough enough to withstand a world where people are willing to personally attack you for the sake of stopping the "hate" (how ironic)!
TDiggs's picture

“DON’T TAKE Monica’s music

“DON’T TAKE Monica’s music for FREE. No P2P, no bootleg. Sales numbers MATTER & we have to show the industry that we want artists with talent who actually put in WORK. REAL MUSIC. We’re tired of artists who just show up almost naked and expect that to be enough”.
Arie's picture

@ Rated X, Wayne, Young

@ Rated X, Wayne, Young Money, the Game, etc. are only PART of the problem. Bey and Gaga's videos are another huge part of the problem. Let's not leave anybody out. We all know that all of these so called "musical artists" are poisening the minds of young listeners and teaching them that it's cool to be negative, violent, disrespectful to others, materialistic, and a whore. India gets all of my respect and support. I wish more people would stand up for what they believe in and out right reject this shit that they call "music"
Sure, whatever you say...'s picture

Wow, I have a new found

Wow, I have a new found admiration and respect for India.Arie. What a well structured and articulate statement. She's a prime example of what a women should be. Not some half naked mindless crack whore who's only talent is how low she can go. The reason why you can't have a decent debate with these kids is because in their frustration that you don't see things their way and their anger that you are calling their god/idol out they go on defense mode and resort to name calling like a child in grade school. Its actually quite sad when you think about it. She is a bright, talented articulate black woman, I applaud her for not retracting her previous statements or coming up with some phony story about how her account was hacked..
Terri's picture

And what has India ever done

And what has India ever done for you? She gets no wins for this. Her viewpoint on what she thinks the video is isn't that important but only because she's a celeb that it is even getting some play. And because of her "image", some of you cosigning it like it has credibility. India wouldn't have a career without mainstream artists doing what they do. Labels wouldn't be able to afford to sign her and allow(yes, allow) her to do what she does. So if she think she's that important enough to put her opinion out there, then she reaps what she sows. You can't be critical and not get criticism back. How can you criticize what Gaga did, but be part of the very industry that promotes this? Very hypocritical, India and again, you get no wins for this.
Curtis's picture

Ms. Arie well said...I'm

Ms. Arie well said...I'm impressed...You sound very classy and eloquent..Love your music especially the one you wrote about St.Lucia...My condolences on the death of your great grandmother...
Jo-An's picture

I agree, artist that are real

I agree, artist that are real artist like India and Monica needs to have their time to shine, let the beyonce and riri (No hater, just a person who like great music from good singers)sit back and see what true talent is “DON’T TAKE Monica’s music for FREE. No P2P, no bootleg. Sales numbers MATTER & we have to show the industry that we want artists with talent who actually put in WORK. REAL MUSIC. We’re tired of artists who just show up almost naked and expect that to be enough”.
licia's picture

I'll take India Arie for

I'll take India Arie for 1000. She was right and I am scared for our youth!
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