By now we have all caught wind of the ripest “meme-able” moment made by Birdman in his brief interview on the Breakfast Club. The interview where he made a public appearance to address his concerns of the respect or lack there of, showed when his name is brought up. At first I disregarded Birdman as crazy and enjoyed the funny content posted that followed. However after watching his interview with Angie Martinez that took place after the infamous “respeck on my name” ordeal, I questioned if Birdman was out of line for what he asked of the Breakfast Club reporters.

Well, I decided that he was absolutely entitled to that respect. For a simplified reason I’d like to refer back to the Golden Rule, “treat others the way you wished to be treated.” This rule pertains to this situation because just like Birdman, we would hope that people would be mature enough to show us respect/common courtesy despite their personal predispositions. We often forget that celebrities are people as well; people that just like us consciously or unconsciously adhere to the “three sides to every truth” theory. I say this because when I analyzed my first reaction to this situation I was reacting based on my own biases and understandings of a man I truly don’t know. My perception of him had been grounded on the image the media had painted for him. I had never once considered that Birdman could have his own side of the story to the negative stories I had heard.

Listening to Birdman speak about his life in a very personal interview with Angie Martinez, I felt bad for judging his character based on the medias reporting’s. The interview showed me that he is a very intelligent man that has had to work very hard to be as successful as he is. The really negative situations like losing his parents at a very young age could not have foretold what was to come for him. It was made very obvious that he is a very quiet guy, but to me that showed how much pain he could be still holding onto. At first glance I wondered why does he have to bring such a big posse with him, and I wrote him off as being “Hollywood.” Further into the interview he revealed the role of each person he brought, some were his recording artists. Which, I then found to be very admirable that he works so hands on with his artists. The interview went on to slap me in my face with his truths, trials and triumphs, and dispel me of my biases.

From this situation of judging a book by its cover, I learned many valuable lessons. The first, don’t judge a book by it’s cover or the cover slip placed on it by an outside source. We often dismiss people as being crazy without taking the time to try to understand how that person got where they are in their journey of life. There is a Birdman in all of us, which is constantly under scrutiny by someone who knows nothing about us.  However we have to realize they are misinformed by their own accord, and they are missing out on getting to know us. I also was reaffirmed through Birdman’s testimony that our past doesn’t dictate our future, we have control and the responsibility of our own lives and what we get out of it.

Moving forward I see that a panel discussion on Birdman’s life could be very beneficial to many. The panel would discuss his life, and we’d naturally find something we could relate to and/or learn from. A panel like this would have healing therapists as speakers, to help communities heal and prosper from our trials.