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Kanye “Ye” West Controversy

Reflection on Kanye's recent political involvement, interactions with Trump and more.

Megan Ramsey, Staff Writer

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Kanye West, known as “Ye” by fans, is unpredictable. He has had his fair share of controversial moments. I was particularly taken aback by his declaration of support for Donald Trump and his odd, broadcasted meeting with Trump in October.

On Oct. 30, he tweeted, “My eyes are now wide open and now realize I’ve been used to spread messages I don’t believe in. I am distancing myself from politics and completely focusing on being creative !!!” This comment came after a series of bizarre actions where West became invested in politics, especially by supporting Trump.

When West is with family and rapping or designing clothing, he’s fine, but when talks about the way he perceives the world, it gets weird. I don’t think he’s a bad guy, though. I don’t agree with some of his beliefs, but he’s entitled to them. While he has the right to express his opinions, I don’t think it’s good when someone is surrounded by so much controversy, such as his interruption of Taylor Swift’s VMA acceptance speech in 2009. Years later, he reignited the animosity between them with his lyrics and music video for “Famous”, in which, in addition to Swift, he depicted other celebrities, such as Trump, naked and in bed together. This sparked outrage among music fans, but West has admitted, on Jimmy Kimmel Live, he enjoys when people are mad at him. It makes sense that he’d either like that or not take the feelings of the celebrities into account.

More recently, West has gotten involved in politics– more than just his prior criticisms of President George W. Bush (which was about how he was racist and didn’t care about black people) and President Barack Obama. In 2015, while possibly high according to CNN, West announced his plan to run for president in 2020. After seeing how celebrity presidents turn out, I don’t think we need anymore of them, especially ones with no political backgrounds.

West infamously said slavery was a choice, which he later cleared up by saying he meant it sounded like a choice because it lasted so long. He still thought it had to do with an option of being brought to America as a slave or not, not being born as a slave. This seems like he tried to make himself sound a little better after the backlash. After remarks as outrageous as these, I don’t know why I was surprised when he told Trump his MAGA hat makes him feel like superman, especially after tweeting about how Trump was “dragon energy” like himself. I don’t know why a hat symbolic of bigotry makes West feel like a superhero, but you do you Ye… as long as it doesn’t hurt us.

West tweeted his Oct. 11 Whitehouse meeting with the president was to discuss “multicultural issues,” but it ended up with West going on an incoherent rant on topics such as his love for everyone, Trump’s male energy and how liberals try to pressure black people into being Democrats. This seemed to please Trump enough that he called West “a smart cookie”. Kim Kardashian must have felt similarly weirded-out by West’s sentiments because she defended him, saying he is just misunderstood and bad at articulating ideas. She also said he doesn’t know a lot about politics. This obviously makes him an even better presidential candidate.

On Saturday Night Live’s Sept. 29 season 44 premiere, West voiced his reasoning for supporting Trump even though he is a racist, by saying, “well, uh, if I was concerned about racism, I would’ve moved out of America a long time ago.” I’m not sure what to make of this since there are candidates who are against racism, but maybe only Kim Kardashian and his “brother,” Trump, can understand West.

Right before West’s decision to back out of politics on Oct. 30, he was declared to be involved with Candace Owens’ Blexit initiative, which aims to get African Americans to leave the Democratic party. Owens said West was the designer for Blexit shirts because the actual designer didn’t want to be revealed. The issue was later cleared up with a tweet from Owens explaining the situation. West was not in fact affiliated with the organization in any way (except by being friends with Owens). However, if West was unproblematic, he wouldn’t have gotten caught up in it.

On Nov. 15, West broke his word by retweeting a message about one of Trump’s achievements. He has not however backed out of running for president. His plans remain, but for 2024, so he doesn’t have to run against his friend Trump. There is no controlling the “dragon energy” that is West.

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