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There’s this saying, “All your faves are problematic.” It’s both shocking and simplistic. Of course our favorite authors, artists and entertainers would be problematic. Despite their brilliance, they are still human beings. They’re not perfect. And while we might love the work they’ve put into the world, we have to admit that there have been times–and will continue to be times– where they drop the ball.

Here are some of the people whose work I thoroughly enjoy despite their screw ups.


Justin Beiber

If Justin Beiber is in the news, 9 times out of 10, it’s about some controversy, some bad behavior. As someone whose grown up in the media since before he ever hit puberty, we can see how hard it’s been for him to transition. Not only that, there’s this vintage video of him, using the N word. He’s apologized for it but there are quite a few Black people who have dismissed him.

I’m just not one of them. His music hits me. Even if I haven’t heard his voice yet, the music draws me in.

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