Does Money Make the Man?

Last night’s final finale of Love and Hip Atlanta has some pretty predictable moments. Kirk Frost apologized for being an asshole to his wife, Rasheeda. Lil Scrappy professed his love — again— to his estranged ex, Erica. And Stevie J was up to his typical double-talking, sneering and sexually charged antics.

I usually side with most of audience’s responses, but one stood out and left me questioning how jacked up pop culture values truly can be. It was a small moment. Mimi Faust’s new on-again/off-again boyfriend, a rapper/producer named Nico, came on stage and challenged Stevie’s manhood— simply with his presence mind you. In response, Stevie J then threw a wad of cash in Nikko’s direction. The crowd went wild.

Everyone began cheering for Stevie J and despite his best efforts (including pulling out his own stack), Nico lost that round. All I kept thinking was, why are people cheering for a man with five kids whose throwing money on the ground? It didn’t many sense to me.

Stevie J is a womanizing, manipulative, selfish and hurt individual. But he’s the man. Why? Because when he has money, he flaunts it, and people still find some level of admiration in that. It doesn’t matter that he admits to lying. Or that he’s two-timing several women he claims to love. Or that he literally picks up prostitutes! He’s still cool.  It’s absolutely crazy to me. No, I take that back. It’s sad. And while I personally can look back at the behavior and shake my head, I know there are tons of little girls watching the show and aspiring to be with a dude just like Stevie J. And even worse, a bunch of young boys striving to be just like him.

We should all be mindful of what and who we cheer on.