Celebrity Double Standards: Why Are Some Stars Cut More Slack Than Others?Earlier this year, Madonna was slammed for her references to MDMA, the active chemical in ecstasy, both during a live show and in the title of her latest album, MDNA, a sly pun on the illicit substance. But few blinked an eye when Jay-Z rapped that “MDMA got you feelin' like a champion” on 2009’s beloved Big Apple anthem “Empire State of Mind.”
And news that Kanye West debuted a track called “Perfect Bitch” generated countless headlines this month, despite the fact that the song has yet to be released. Meanwhile, Kanye’s “Watch the Throne” collaborator Jay-Z is more often portrayed as a doting dad these days, even though he’s used the derogatory term for years and recently denied reports that he plans to stop. He’s got 99 problems, but bad PR isn’t one.