Kanye West has rekindled his friendship with right-wing president Donald Trump with a string of tweets - but everyone else is very much not happy about it
Kanye’s been pulling stunts for a long time now. Crashing Taylor’s acceptance speech at the 2009 VMAs, announcing he’s running for president, meeting up with president-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York. And now he’s doubling down on his support for the most controversial president in living memory with a string of deeply odd tweets, which is pissing a lot of people off.
“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,” he said.
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
And there were more…
If your friend jumps off the bridge you don't have to do the same. Ye being Ye is a fight for you to be you. For people In my life the idea of Trump is pretty much a 50 50 split but I don't tell a Hillary supporter not to support Hillary— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 25, 2018
I love Hillary too.
I love when people have their own ideas. You don't have to be allowed anymore. Just be.— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 25, 2018
Love who you want to love. That's free thought. I'm not even political. I'm not a democrat or a republican
no race religion region or political party can argue with the power of love— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 25, 2018
Particularly offensive were the pics of him wearing his signed MAGA hat, which has been worn by racists, KKK members and Nazis, like at the deadly Charlottesville riots.
Trump, of course, loved the attention and quickly tweeted: “Thank you Kanye, very cool!”
Kind of embarrassing, though, when Kim had a go at him and he was forced to tweet this:
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
However, it turns out that claims Kanye lost millions of Twitter followers after posting the pro-Trump tweets aren’t true at all - he still has around 27 million followers.
Like Kim, everyone else was truly angry with Kanye.
Janelle Monáe, with typical erudition and clarity, said in an interview: “I believe in free-thinking but I don’t believe in free-thinking if it’s rooted in or at the expense at the oppressed. If you’re free-thinking is used as fuel by oppressors to continue to oppress black people, minorities I think it’s bullshit and it’s not okay.”
John Legend wrote a string of intelligent and well-informed informed tweets explaining why supporting Trump is, for him, not okay:
I imagine there's some comfort in imagining a future without racism and projecting that onto the present. Thinking if we just deny the truth, it doesn't exist. If history is erased, we don't have to deal with its consequences. However...— John Legend (@johnlegend) April 25, 2018
Far too many people don't have the luxury of closing their eyes and ears. They feel it in their lives and can't act like what they see and know doesn't exist.— John Legend (@johnlegend) April 25, 2018
They know their family was destroyed by deportation or incarceration. They know their loved one was denied safe harbor because of their religion. They know their son or daughter was shot because their skin color evoked fear— John Legend (@johnlegend) April 25, 2018
They see the statistics about black applications for real estate or loans or employment being turned away because their name was Jamal and not James— John Legend (@johnlegend) April 25, 2018
I love that great, brilliant artists have the power to imagine a better future. But artists can't be blind to the truth.— John Legend (@johnlegend) April 25, 2018
Here’s some more reaction to Kanye’s tweets…
Please, please, please let me never turn into a person who needs publicity so badly that I endorse racism, misogyny, homophobia, corruption and self-loathing.— billy eichner (@billyeichner) April 25, 2018
This whole mess raises a few questions: is Kanye just trolling us? Is it a convenient way to keep his name buzzing as he tries to flog us more Yeezys? Is he ultimately desperate for attention? Or does he really believe what he’s saying?
Of course, Kanye’s allowed an opinion, but freedom of expression shouldn’t be completely unbounded and he can’t expect to be free of consequences if he continues to side with a right-wing, racist leader.
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