After performing on Saturday Night Live at the weekend, Ye launched his baffling defence of Donald Trump. But he’s now getting it in the neck from his fellow celebrities
Kanye’s back again folks – or should I say Ye, the artist formerly known as Kanye West.
We all know that the rapper, 41, can’t open his mouth without saying something ridiculously controversial and over the weekend he delivered a pro-Trump speech on the set of Saturday Night Live, while wearing a MAGA hat, and even called for the abolition of the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution… the one that outlawed slavery.
The Gold Digger singer, and husband of uber-wealthy Kim K, was drafted in to perform on the NBC sketch show at the last minute after Ariana Grande pulled out due to “emotional reasons.”
And following a meme-worthy performance of his new song ‘I Love It’ with rapper Lil Pump, Ye delved into his pro-Trump speech at the end of the show.
“I wanna cry right now, black man in America, supposed to keep what you’re feelin’ inside right now…” he said in a clip posted to Instagram by comedian Chris Rock, who was watching from the audience.
“The blacks want always Democrats…you know it’s like the plan they did, to take the fathers out the home and put them on welfare… does anybody know about that? That’s a Democratic plan.
“There’s so many times I talk to a white person and [they] say, ‘How could you like Trump, he’s racist?’ Well, if I was concerned about racism I would’ve moved out of America a long time ago.”
On Twitter he outlined why he reckons the 13th Amendment should be overturned:
The 13th Amendment to the Constitution, passed by Congress towards the end of the Civil War in 1865, declared that “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”
It’s possible Kanye, who once said 400 years of American slavery was “a choice,” was referring to the criticism of the 13th Amendment in that it allowed for prisoners to be used as slave labour – but that didn’t stop celebrities from laying into him.
Captain America himself Chris Evans said on Twitter: “There’s nothing more maddening than debating someone who doesn’t know history, doesn’t read books, and frames their myopia as virtue. The level of unapologetic conjecture I’ve encountered lately isn’t just frustrating, it’s retrogressive, unprecedented and absolutely terrifying.”
And Young and Beautiful singer Lana Del Rey went in even harder, saying: “Trump becoming our president was a loss for the country but your support of him is a loss for the culture.”
She added: “I can only assume you relate to his personality on some level. Delusions of Grandeur, extreme issues with narcissism - none of which would be a talking point if we weren’t speaking about the man leading our country. If you think it’s alright to support someone who believes it’s OK to grab a woman by the pussy just because he’s famous – then you need an intervention as much as he does - something so many narcissists will never get because there just isn’t enough help for the issue.”
Whew! That is quite possibly the most burniest burn of all time.
SNL cast member Chris Redd also savaged this week’s musical guest, saying: “I wasn’t on stage for that. [middle finger emoji]”
No doubt Ye’s gonna do something ridiculous the next time he pops up - possibly when he drops his new album Yandhi - and we’ll be here to report back every mind-boggling detail.
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