Controversial rapper/genius Kanye West has put many of his fans’ love for him to the test ever since he reactivated his twitter some time ago. Since then he has gone on something of a manic spree defending Donald Trump, calling him his “brother” who shares his “dragon energy”. He’s also done a little bit of backtracking saying that he loves Hillary too, but that hasn’t actually stopped from releasing a song defending his pro-Trump stance, nor has it stopped his latest act of verbal diarrhoea.
You don't have to agree with trump but the mob can't make me not love him. We are both dragon energy. He is my brother. I love everyone. I don't agree with everything anyone does. That's what makes us individuals. And we have the right to independent thought.— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 25, 2018
This time, it was to say that slavery was a choice.
“When you hear about slavery for 400 years... for 400 years? That sounds like a choice," he said during an appearance on entertainment site TMZ. "We're mentally imprisoned.”
Kanye later tweeted the following to try and clear things up:
“To make myself clear. Of course I know that slaves did not get shackled and put on a boat by free will.”
That’s not a bad effort, and it’s unlikely that Kanye actually thought slavery was a choice. I’m not going to try and read between the lines of whatever it was Kanye said, but the general gist seems to be about personal responsibility. Whatever Kanye was trying to say feels beside the point because during the same interview a TMZ journalist managed to sum up why so much of Kanye’s recent behaviour just feels gross and obnoxious.
“You're entitled to believe whatever you want, but there is fact and real-world, real-life consequence behind everything that you just said,” the journalist said. “We have to deal with the marginalisation that has come from the 400 years of slavery that you said for our people was a choice. I'm appalled, and brother I am unbelievably hurt by the fact that you have morphed into something to me that isn't real.”
“Something that isn’t real” is an effortless summation of everything wrong with Kanye West who seems to have become so far removed from reality that he doesn’t understand why even saying the words “slavery” and “choice” in the same breath on live TV is an act of insanity. Also, Kanye’s ramblings feel as though he has become increasingly detached from the same community that helped raise him to the levels of super-stardom he enjoys now. Even Kim had the common sense to try and distance herself from all this noise:
my wife just called me and she wanted me to make this clear to everyone. I don't agree with everything Trump does. I don't agree 100% with anyone but myself.— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 25, 2018
“Now when he spoke out about Trump... Most people (including myself) have very different feelings & opinions about this. But this is HIS opinion. I believe in people being able to have their own opinions,even if really different from mine. He never said he agrees with his politics,” she tweeted shortly after his outburst.
Meanwhile some people have defended Kanye by pointing out that he has been hospitalised for mental illness in the past. Others, however, have pointed out that it’s actually pretty sh*tty to say someone is mentally ill just because they voiced an opinion you disagree with.
Mentally ill? Preacher of truth? Or just a d*ckhead?
To the media trying to demonize my husband let me just say this... your commentary on Kanye being erratic & his tweets being disturbing is actually scary. So quick to label him as having mental health issues for just being himself when he has always been expressive is not fair— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) April 25, 2018