‘Look at me: XXXTentacion’: Documentary doesn’t have the full picture

The existence of Hulu documentaries Look at me: XXXTentacion Kind of confusing. XXXTentacion is an almost overdocumented artist.Blogs, magazines and newspapers covered his every move – from The move sparked his notorietyOddly, with all this documentation, the enormity and revulsion of the initial move never seems to have really been considered, even though the Florida-born artist is in the midst of a time when just about everyone can obsessively and thoroughly document their own life. In its heyday, it was watched in real-time for thousands of viewers (the movie also seemed very uninterested in doing so).

In this case, the new documentary asks more questions than answers, and the question hanging over them all is: Who is this for? Produced by the agent of XXXTentacion, his motherand co-founder fader Magazine, the two-hour production feature started out as a biography. Interviews with key figures in X’s early career, such as his former manager and friends like ski mask The Slump God. However, early questionable behaviour, such as beating up another young man on a Periscope livestream, was described as a simple marketing ploy or reckless behaviour with a strong personality. This is the first indication of where the documentary is headed.

Tensions rose after the introduction of Geneva Ayala, a young woman who dated X shortly after some initial success – he nearly beat her to death in a horrific incident of alleged domestic abuse. Narrated in appalling detail in court documents This surfaced in a years-long case that was never resolved. Ayala describes herself as “lost” as she continues her disturbing controlling relationship with XXXTentacion. The film took nearly an hour to finally address the elephant in the room, before strategically placing the title card, appearing to cast doubt on Ayala’s assertion that she was pregnant when X attacked her. She also admitted infidelity, you can’t tell me it wasn’t another strategic move to undermine Ayala as a victim.

That’s where XXXTentacion’s story highlights the weirdness of the entertainment industry. When X is languishing in prison but is in high profile due to the horrific allegations against him, record companies call, hoping to capitalize on the publicity—whatever it means for their potential partners. While the scenes recounting his record deal talks rightly reflect X’s business acumen at such a young age, they also – perhaps unintentionally – accuse those in trouble who see him as a cash cow rather than in need of a different kind of help young man.

The film goes back to examining his album recording process 17 and the success of this album. Throughout the course of this documentary, recordings have been excavated to reflect XXXTentacion’s shattered state of mind – his paranoia, depression and anxiety. It’s almost as if the film is begging for sympathy for him, as if his talent and his mental illness could justify or excuse his actions. While the filmmaker never shies away or denies what he does, it’s hard to sway the producer — the people closest to him who have benefited the most from his career, even though they may have the greatest responsibility to get him To counsel or encourage him to rehabilitate his victim – is haggling for his own amnesty.

This feeling is at its strongest in the round table scene at the end of the film, in which X’s aunt laments that X’s abuse hangs over his head and defines him as much as his music. “How do you fully redeem yourself if every time, in every corner, it keeps popping up?” his mother wondered. An off-screen interviewer retorted, “How do you redeem yourself without admitting that you’ve done something wrong?” The answer is as vague as X’s own answer to the question; focus on judgment, his personal sense of responsibility, He lost the potential for life. X’s mom made her believe that if he had the chance, he would change – but would he? If he doesn’t, what does it say about his reputation that so many people are willing to forgive him?

That’s the real tragedy of a life as short as XXXTentacion’s: we’ll never know. Yes, with more time, he could have changed his life, maybe in prison, maybe on probation, maybe years or even decades later, after much therapy and self-reflection. But on the other hand, fans of this movie and X and the entire entertainment establishment benefited from his outbursts, his meltdowns, his victories, his defeats, and yes, what even his untimely death seems unacknowledged is He could have stayed the same. He could have gotten worse. This is the “complex” part of having a “complex legacy”. look at meto Jahseh’s closest colleagues, it seems like anything else, to assuage their guilt, never really wanted to watch this.