Anyone who listens to good music is likely aware that the GRAMMYs have long been completely clueless when it comes to hip hop or R&B. This has lead to some interesting stage moments, such as Kanye vs Taylor, and more recently, Adele using her acceptance speech to ask why Beyoncé hadn’t won Album of the Year, for Lemonade. Adele won Album of the Year for 25, but in an embarrassing moment for the Grammys, stated in her acceptance speech that she couldn’t accept the award because it rightfully belonged to Beyoncé.
I thought it was her year. What the fuck does she have to do to win Album of the Year? – Adele
Maybe the GRAMMYs finally realized that diversity actually improves the bottom line, or they realized that they are being left in the past with their questionable and clueless voting, but they finally decided to make some changes, all with an eye to getting more feedback and votes from young people and minorities.
These changes are something that other companies could learn from. Instead of making public mistake after mistake after mistake, they could actually listen to their users, and make a difference. Travis Kalanick resigning from Uber is a start, but I still haven’t seen Twitter make any real steps toward alleviating their Nazi problem, which is insane, to say the least. If these companies are going to be global, and be such a huge influence on society and on people’s lives, they owe it to the public to take some responsibility for what is hosted on their platforms. And frankly, if they have such money and such pull, I find it improbable that they can’t just reach out to influencers, or their own users, and get suggestions for how to fix shit like Nazi infestations.
This is literally how Obama ran his White House with the most diverse administration ever, with lots of feedback from people with varied and diverse backgrounds. It may not have been perfect, but when you’re talking about a huge social media platform with a growing Nazi problem–remember, the Nazis were the ones who killed six million Jews, they aren’t some harmless fringe group–I’d think that people like Jack Dorsey would want to do whatever they need to in order to ensure that Twitter doesn’t become the comments on YouTube.
But if the GRAMMYs can see the whitewashing on the wall and make that change, Twitter, Uber and other tech companies don’t really have much of an excuse not to follow suit. Do better.