While most people who go to a ball game leave their kids with a $15 an hour nanny/college student who uses that time to get some studying done, privileged pukes like Jay-Z and Beyoncé drop their daughter, Blue Ivy Carter – whose name they copyrighted – off in a luxury nursery that they pay over $83,000 a month for at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.
I guess if you spend some $17,000 on a diamond encrusted pacifier you gotta get the one million dollar luxury nursery to go with it. It only makes sense.
This was, of course, after Beyoncé declared her solidarity with the rest of human kind by posting “In our perfect ways, in the ways we are beautiful, in the ways we are human — we are here,” in a handwritten note on her Tumblr blog. “Happy New Year’s. Let’s make it ours.”
It is funny she should say that given that around 3 million of this “humanity” she is supposedly celebrating and embracing so much while stuffing her baby’s face with a diamond pacifier, is currently experiencing homelessness, which doesn’t even include those who, despite employment, will be sending their kids to bed hungry tonight; where people – homeless people – die in the cold of winter of hunger and cold under bridges and without a name.
People, of course, have the right to spend their money as they wish. But this isn’t about what someone should and can do under the law, this is about doing the right thing, having tact, situational awareness and empathy. I cannot even begin to express the depravity of wasting money in this manner while people are starving and freezing to death a few blocks away from you.
There is just something deeply saddening and tragic about a wealthy country where human beings casually die of cold weather, hunger or preventable illness while a few are so wealthy, they don’t know what to do with that obscene wealth other than shamelessly display it.
And let’s face it. Beyoncé and Jay-Z are musicians who got lucky. Had they not gotten their break, like so many musicians, she’d be following her second calling, which is stocking shelves at Wal Mart and he’d be holding up convenience stores for diapers and cash.