Nelly – why should your fans have to pay your taxes?

An important news bulletin.

It appears that rapper Nelly (singer of the 2002 hit “Hot in Herre”) has been a bad boy and now is in trouble with the government for not paying his taxes.

But fear not! His adoring fans are coming to his rescue. They’ve started a social media campaign urging everyone to stream his song on Spotify – the more the song is streamed, the more money Nelly will make to bail himself out of debt.

Are you serious?

I can’t tell you how infuriated this makes me, especially given the fact that so many misguided individuals are championing this cause to help out the popular rapper.

I’m reminded of a quote by Criss Jami:

“Man is not, by nature, deserving of all that he wants. When we think that we are automatically entitled to something, that is when we start walking all over others to get it.”

Children who have nothing and find themselves homeless deserve our charity.

Animals who are abused and left for dead on street corners deserve our charity.

Nelly does not.

He made his choices and should have to pay for them just like the ordinary people who are now pathetically streaming his music would have to.

While Nelly himself might have nothing to do with this social campaign, he should have the common decency to tell his adorning fans to stop – that this is not their problem to worry about. That he appreciates all their support, and the millions he’s already made from them, but he’ll find a way to settle his personal debts.

Habeeb Akande once remarked, “The difference between greed and ambition is a greedy person desires things he isn’t prepared to work for.”

You’ve made your money Nelly. And just like the millions of Americans who earn considerably less than you do, paying your taxes is the law. You’ve allowed greed to make you think you’re exempt from that reality. Guess what? You’re not.

Be a man…be an American…and finally do what’s right.