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Kat Stacks is Famous Because of You – Don’t Hate the Player

If you haven’t been following XXL on Twitter this week, then you’ve missed the seemingly unyielding Grand Inquisition of Kat Stacks. Many readers have been chiming in on the issue and quantifying her relevance in hip-hop.

While most remain apt to see her untimely demise become fodder for YouTube junkies and bloggers alike, there are a fleeting few who are willing to defend her—even if it is condescending.

Kat Stacks’ band of loyalists offers apathy over actual support. She is painted as a confused, self-loathing and lost girl who is in need of clinical help. From that same group another perspective emerges that condones using sex as a weapon. There are those that applaud Stacks for exposing the “paper thin” personas of the rappers in question. Some have even gone as far to say that she is doing what many in the industry tippy-toe around—calling out the known frauds. However, no matter the arguments presented, the line questioning continually lead to why XXL was even taking time out to write about her today.

Simple answer, because you want us to.

In this vast universe of intriguing anti-heroes who are willing tolerate our target practice in exchange for their 15 minutes, Kat Stacks is very relevant. Every great story has a whipping boy, an oddity that wears down the collective conscience of those who fight to understand it. From the allegations, to the recorded assault, the Tweeted deferrals of responsibility and onto her series of Al-Qaeda-style rants plotting revenge, we’ve been there for it all.

In defense of myself, I once said that it was she who needed an intervention. No, it is we who need it. We are Mr. Jones, front row and center, gazing at the freak trying not to enjoy what we see. I know she gets under your skin because the slight mention of her name conjured up every imaginable name from Jezebel to the very crass “See You Next Tuesday” (wait for it). Anytime someone, who you don’t even know, forces you to produce a raw emotion to the point where you feel you can formulate an accurate assessment of them—that is fame.

You can run Kat Stacks and her growing brand through the mud and call her stupid, but it takes someone very smart to market herself the way she does to keep her name on your lips. To quote James Baldwin, “People are too various to be treated so lightly.” Before you cast the first stone of judgment towards her, analyze the role you’re playing. —Laurence Bass

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