Yeez-Not With Us: A Day that will Live in White House Infamy
Celebrities are often careful to shed light on political opinions, some more vocal than others. There’s Taylor Swift advising millennials to register to vote, innocent enough. Then there’s musicians like Kanye West who go on undoctored rants condoning and supporting President Trump. As admirable as it is to speak up about mental health and social issues like Prison reform, gang violence, etc., West felt the need to take it to the next level. On top of that, he decided to take a facetious approach to the topics at hand in his soliloquy that granted him a reaction of stunned faces. From joking about being crazy to arguing the time is irrelevant, Kanye is stealing unnecessary spotlight.
West is one of the greatest artists of my generation no doubt, his industrious career has garnered a well-earned and respected following/fan base. I’m not too familiar with his work (Yes, I’ll admit that), but if you’re comments on political agenda attract more viewership from me than your music, that’s saying something. What grabbed the attention of most was the sheer confidence and cockiness that stemmed from his remarks. His unconditional support for Donald Trump, comments on violence in Chicago and claim that time doesn’t exist is enough to denounce his image. Additionally, the lack of reasoning or logic doesn’t help, similar to Trump’s remarks that global warming could possibly fix itself (But that’s another story).
“That was quite something”-Donald Trump on Kanye West’s visit to the white house.
Supporters of West, both fans and friends, were no doubt shocked by West’s claim to speak for African Americans. Comedian Dave Chappelle said in an interview with CNN’s Van Jones West, “That’s my brother. I love him. I support him. But you know, I don’t have to agree with everything that he says. I just trust him as a person of intent. But yeah, he shouldn’t say all that shit”. Even Gun N’ Roses lead Axl Rose commented, “a joke… not gonna solve anything in Chicago or anywhere with that sort of attention seeking nonsense”. West’s comments alone are absurd, but his assertion to speak for an entire community is brash. But lo and behold, this isn’t the first time West has made claims towards controversial topics.
In 2013 he attempted to make the confederate flag, “his flag”. “You know, the Confederate flag represented slavery in a way… So, I took the Confederate flag and made it my flag. It’s my flag”. I’m sure that same rhetoric works well with Swastika branded flags too, Kanye, see how far you get with that one. West’s ignorant approach to all of this is frankly embarrassing for only himself, but for those who’ve supported him in the past. On top of that, his new jab at mental illness only hurts his reputation. He claims to struggle with Bi-polar disorder, but during his trip to the White House he revealed he was misdiagnosed. What was thought to be Bi-polar disorder is really sleep deprivation. What’s shameful about this is the insensitive insult laid upon those who actually struggle with the same or similar disorders.
West’s trip to the white house is nothing short of a long trail of tears that sought to do good but ended up harming many. His egotistical attitude towards social issues today profile the millennial generation with a lack of follow through. That is, making claims without an evidence and demanding and immediate result. West will likely continue his impulsive thinking and present it in the worst way possible. He’s no doubt a talented musician, but his PR team is likely still feeling the migraine of this endeavor. And just remember, 2024 could be the debut of his political campaign.