Alicia Keys reflects on hate speech and trolling

Alicia Keys reflects on hate speech and trolling

Keys: People are mean. It's a sickness

Alicia Keys is a firm believer that the world would be a better place without constant hate speech, particularly on the Internet.

The star has carefully observed the abundance of hatred that spreads around social media and other communities. She is now urging those with strong opinions to refrain from being insensitive and talk only when asked to participate.

She explained on the newest issue of Allure: “You know what would be really cool? If we stopped offering our opinion unless asked. If nobody asked you, keep your mouth shut! Like with the internet? That’s just too much opinion. People are mean. It’s a sickness.”

And the singer – who stopped wearing makeup last year to promote self-acceptance – released her newest album titled Here in November. She revealed her project started out by writing a “list of things that I am sick of.”

Alicia – who has two children with husband Swizz Beats – wanted to address society’s persistence on making men look unreasonably strong while portraying women as inadequate.

She explained about her inspiration behind the album: “It started with a list of things that I am sick of.

One of the big ones is that I was so sick of the way women were forced to feel inadequate in many different circumstances or forced to feel insecure by the way we’re portrayed or the way we look.

Another one: I am so annoyed at the way we force boys to be fake strong – don’t cry, don’t be soft. Let a boy be able to dance! Let a boy paint his nails. So a boy wants to paint his nails. Who cares! All these strange, oppressive ideas.”

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