prior probability is a big fan of Jay Z, but his recent mishaps are causing us to update our “Jayzian” priors. For example, we were disappointed when Jay Z visited socialist Cuba last spring but did not use this opportunity to speak “truth to power” (*) by criticizing the lack of artistic freedoms and property rights on the Island. (Had he been born in Cuba, it is doubtful whether the Cuban government would have allowed him to pursue his musical career and other business interests.) More recently, he has also refused to sever his ties with Barneys New York, despite several well-publicized incidents of racial profiling by the store’s employees. In both cases, is Jay Z simply following the path of least resistance, or there some deeper method to his “badness”?
(*) By the way, the same can be said of former President Jimmy Carter and the late, great pope John Paul II, both of whom offered bland and pusillanimous self-censored remarks (i.e. no direct criticisms of Cuba’s tropical dictatorship) during their respective visits to the Island many years ago.