Khalifa – the disease of entitlement and anarchy

Khalifa - the disease of entitlement and anarchy

Khalifa – the disease of entitlement and anarchy

Everyone who lands in an airport in the US must go through immigration. There are signs posted that prohibit the use of cell phones within the immigration area. That means you might be in a line for a couple of hours and you are not allowed to use a cell phone. However, you can use your cell phone in most other areas of the airport. It’s not convenient to not be able to use your cell phone, particularly if you wish to let your waiting party know that you are in line, and should you choose to defy this ruling, you could easily be detained for hours or even arrested.

However, US rapper Wiz Khalifa posted social media messages saying “If man can make rules, that means you can make your own”, and “Do what you want kids.” This was Wiz Khalifa’s response to having been handcuffed after choosing to not listen to police who told him that he could not use a hoverboard in LAX airport. While on the ground, face down, he replied to the officer telling him to stop resisting “I am not resisting.” Later he posted a social media message saying “I am not resisting. I am doing what I want.”

These messages by Wiz Khalifa further promote and breed the disease of entitlement.

Entitlement is the belief that one is inherently deserving of privileges or special treatment. Simply put it is the belief that ‘I can do what I want, the rules do not apply to me, I’m above the law.’

This is a common issue amongst celebrities when they are stopped by law enforcement and don’t get their way: “Don’t you know who I am?” – Shia LaBeouf (2014); “Do you know my name?” – Reese Witherspoon (2013.)

In the above cases, LaBeouf and Witherspoon later apologized for their behavior.

However, Khalifa refused to admit he was wrong for not following police orders, and instead he chose to promote entitlement and anarchy by specifically and literally telling his followers, fans and the general public that they can do and should do whatever they want and that they should ignore the rules.  (Will he tell the same things to his own 2 year-old son, Sebastian, or does he expect him to listen to his father?)

Does Khalifa really want to promote anarchy – the complete and purposeful disregard of all authority?

Should people heed Khalifa’s message and do what they want – break into his cars and home? Should they enter the concerts and the movies of the celebrities without paying? Should they pirate music without paying any royalties? Should they ignore the rights and freedoms of all others by doing whatever they want, whenever they want? Should they defy all authority?

Anarchy can be justified when the people are being oppressed such as the time leading up to the French Revolution or the economic crisis in Greece. Khalifa is not being oppressed when he cannot use a hoverboard in an airport, and spreading the disease of entitlement amongst the young will not help the young nor set them free in any way; it will simply destroy their life when they realize that you cannot succeed by expecting things to be handed to you; you cannot succeed by being narcissistic, thinking only of yourself and lacking empathy & consideration for others, and; should you truly want special treatment, you must earn it and the respect others!

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