Singer Alicia Keys is not here for your labels or your judgment. The Grammy award-winning mother of two recently took to her Instagram account to speak openly about judgment and labels after her four-year-old son Genesis recently told her he was afraid that he would get made fun of for having a rainbow manicure.
In the video Keys recalls how she had taken Genesis to the nail salon with her for manicures. "He's in the chair and he's like, 'I want a rainbow.' So he tells the lady that he wants rainbow colors on his nails," Keys explains, adding, "and she brings all of these colors and she paints each nail a different color. And after she painted his nails, he looked at me and he said, 'Mommy, I don't want this on my nails.'"
Keys couldn't understand why her son, who was so confident when picking out his rainbow polish, had suddenly changed his mind. "And I was like, 'Why? You were so sure. You were good.' And he was like, 'People are not gonna like it.' Can you believe this? 4 years old. He's 4!" she went on to explain. "And he already understands the concept that someone is gonna judge him because he chose rainbow colors on his nails."
Keys assured her son that he should keep the rainbow polish that he so loved when he picked it out saying, "Stick with it. You chose it. You liked it. You do it. Who cares what anybody else says!"
Keys convinced her son to keep his rainbow nails, telling him that lots of guys paint their nails and that he should be comfortable to express himself however he chooses. She said the entire experience prompted her to think about "how completely judged we are, all the time." She went on to add that "The way I see it, there is masculine and there are feminine energies inside of us all, period."
"It gets concerning to me that we can't just explore these different sides of ourselves. These different energies that are within us," the singer explained. "Even for me, myself, I oftentimes express the masculine energy that's inside of me, and, all the time, if that happens, there are the judgments, and there's the stereotypes, and there are all the energies that come towards that."
Keys went on to say that as a mother to two young sons, this kind of judgment is really frustrating for her. "And for my boys, it's similar, if they want to express the feminine energy that's inside of them. There's all of these judgments, and all these rules, and stereotypes, and vibes. It's really frustrating to me. I'm actually really, really frustrated about it. I ask myself, 'Why is that? Why can't we just express the different energies that are inside us?'"
Keys was applauded by her followers for her rant, and her husband, music producer Swizz Beats commented on the post reaffirming her statement that as parents they're happy to let their children express themselves however they choose.
"He’s a young King and he can explore and express his creativity at any time! We support it as his parents," he wrote.
What do you think about Keys' statement? Are people still too quick to judge based on simple outward appearances or is society, especially the younger generations, becoming more tolerant and accepting?