Even though I told y’all months ago that we needed to be skeptical about this whole “Famous ” controversy, Kim Kardashian-West took to her beloved Snapchat Sunday night to confirm what we all thought about the situation — that Taylor Swift is a low-rate Joanne the Scammer.

It didn’t even take 30 minutes for Taylor’s “squad” to come out in her defense, notably Ms. Selena Gomez, who is the reason why I am writing today. To be honest, I haven’t really had a problem with her.

Unlike many of the Disney stars that dominated the network while we millennials began to make our exit into adulthood, over the years she hasn’t been nearly as problematic as Miley Cyrus or Demi Lovato – but yet, here we are. She even seems to be a “musician” of sorts. I’ll admit, I’ve even nodded my head to a few of her bops. If we were to compile a list of our generation’s “pop stars” that we collectively don’t see it for, Ms. Gomez would have ranked very low down the totem pole…until her actions early Monday morning.

So Ms. Gomez decided to unlock her Apple iPhone, select the Twitter application and sum up in about 140 characters what she thought about the night’s events.

I thought, “Ok, she’s defending her friend. Cool, that’s expected.” But since Ms. Gomez has had very little to say about some of the tragic events that are plaguing our country right now, in typical Twitter fashion, people began to take her to task for it.


At some point, celebrities should learn to stop responding to touchy or controversial tweets, but yet again, here we are. Despite her being a card-carrying member of Delete Your Tweets club, Twitter made time to collect the receipts before they were needed.

At first, I thought nothing could get worse than someone tweeting #AllLivesMatter, but Ms. Gomez decided to go WAY beyond that. She suggested that saying that Black Lives Matter is equivocal to taking sides, showing that she knows nothing about the fight for justice on any level at all. It’s one thing to show your ignorance, but it is even worse to show your ignorance loudly. Gomez’s clear, passionate response of not “giving a f*ck” about the fact that black lives seem to not matter in this country is actually troubling to say the least. That tweet trivializes our anger and hurt. 

It is also noteworthy to point out that Gomez is half-Latina, and heavily identifies as such in the press. So by being a fellow person of color, she didn’t think this tweet and ideology is heavily offensive? Gomez easily made the argument for why I’m already very hesitant to use the term PoC, because most of the time when we are talking about PoC issues, we are mostly referring to “black” issues. But to be inclusive, a lot of times we lump everyone together. Clearly she doesn’t care about issues that affect fellow “minority” communities, even though I personally see most of us standing up for issues that impact all minority populations.

Some are quick to point out that she hasn’t even been a big advocate for Latino issues.

Apathy is a huge problem in our society. We see it all the time, even more so recently. It’s just like people being outraged about the Dallas and Baton Rouge police shootings, but failing to note the loss of black lives at the hands of police officers. While this might not have a direct impact, these type of actions (or lack of action) lead to the climate that led to the police shootings and the shootings of unarmed black men. Apathy helps contribute to the systemic and institutional grips that racism holds on to our society.

If Gomez, as a “proud” Latina can’t see this and empathize with us, then we have a longer road ahead than we thought.

As of now, we don’t know Selena Gomez.

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