Kanye West might change his name to Christian Genius Billionaire Kanye West

Kanye West smiles bright leaving Fast Company's Innovation Festival in NYC

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian have been in New York all week and it’s been overwhelmingly idiotic. They’ve been appearing on panel discussions and conferences and… Kim’s business acumen is something I don’t question, actually. We can question the morality or the intelligence of her product, but she knows how to sell and she knows how to monetize. Does Kanye though? Kanye claims to be a billionaire. He claims to be a Christian preacher. He claims to be a Republican. Is any of it true? I don’t know. I do know that reading these quotes made me feel dumber.

Kanye West has announced his plans to run for president in 2024 — but before potentially moving into the White House the rapper might change his name. Speaking at Fast Company’s Innovation Festival, West, 42, was joined on stage by his Yeezy collaborator Steven Smith.

“When people say it’s crass to call yourself a billionaire, I say I might legally change my name to Christian Genius Billionaire Kanye West for a year until y’all understand exactly what it is,” he said. “It will be on the license plate.”

That’s when West shifted the conversation to his plan to run for president. “When I run for president in 2024 —” West said. The audience reportedly laughed at this line, which West didn’t take well. “What are you laughing at?” he asked, before staring for a long time at the audience.

West said that if he were elected president, he would “create so many jobs.”

“I’m not going to run, I’m going to walk,” he said. “What they’re saying is Kanye’s crazy — one and three African Americans are in jail and all the celebrities are in jail also because they can’t say nothing because they’re so scared.”

West also said he believes African American voters are treated as a “demographic” alone, something he said he has experienced as an African American fashion designer. “As black designers out of America, you can’t have an opinion,” he said. “You can only be the consumer… you can only be a demographic. And that a boardroom says ‘this is the black demographic…This is who you’re supposed to vote on. This is what you’re supposed to buy. This is your Popeye’s chicken sandwich you’re supposed to eat on. I have seen the boardroom and back. And it’s completely the concept of a demographic.”

West also said he’s come to the conclusion that “Rome was our original Silicon Valley.” West then added that “there are only four elements: earth, wind, fire and water … therefore playing with your iPhone is the same as playing with dirt.”

[From Page Six & People]

Christian Genius Billionaire Kanye West takes one interesting point and he completely bungles it. I got stuck on “Rome was our original Silicon Valley,” because in some way, he’s NOT wrong. But then everything else happened. Same with the demographic discussion – he’s not completely wrong that too many companies treat “the black community” as a monolith with no nuance, and it’s not wrong that there should be more diversity in the boardrooms of every company. But again, Kanye takes that kind of point and goes off to some weird place. The idea that Kanye is going to be a MAGA preacher-politician-businessman who runs for president and changes his name to Christian Genius Billionaire just to stick it to the man… well, he’s playing himself. It doesn’t matter right now though – Kanye’s in the Sunken Place and he’s not coming out of it any time soon.

Kim Kardashian and hubby Kanye West pose for a photo at the WSJ Innovator Awards in NYC

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  1. Pixie says:

    I hate to be an armchair psychologist. Truly, I do. But this has all the makings of a manic episode and I wish he had people in his life that would protect him from this sort of exploitation.

    • Claire says:

      This isn’t going to end well. He seems the type to jump off a high rise building because he is convinced he has super powers. He is delusional. I wish he had people in his life who would help him.

    • Snappyfish says:

      He needs professional help. Those who care for him should try to get him some

      Side note: He isn’t a billionaire or a genius & he certainly doesn’t act like a Christian.

    • Jensies says:

      My job is to work with people in crisis and safety plans and sometimes hospitalize them, if they are a danger to themselves or others. I’ve seen A LOT of mania. The tangential thinking, the irritability, the word salad, the grandiosity…its picture perfect mania.

    • Gina says:

      This is my thoughts as well. His mental health issues and lack of taking care of them, is just sad.
      For me at this point, everything he does is just examples of what it is like to have a significant mental health disease that’s not being treated properly. It’s just manic behavior over and over and over again.

  2. Char says:

    What a wasted oportunity to go with Kristian.

  3. Escondista says:

    GrEAt aND uNmAtCHeD WiSDoM

  4. aang says:

    The line about Rome being the first Silicon Valley is from Spaceship Earth at EPOCT. Judy Dench says “Rome built the first World Wide Web”. Kanye is not a Genius and probably not a Christian.

  5. Arpeggi says:

    I’m just going to say that there aren’t 4 elements; last time I checked the periodic table, there were 118 of them. Please Kanye, go to therapy; I’m legit afraid something bad is going to happen if he continues going like this

  6. Ye says:

    Yeah no Kanye. You arent doing poorly as a designer because you are black. Its because nobody wants to wear dirty beige rags.

  7. HK9 says:

    And people want to know why I refuse to follow him to “church” well here it is. He needs to take his meds and sit his ass down.

  8. Christina says:

    Her outfit is hideous.

  9. yuck says:

    OMG, WHAT is Kim wearing?!

  10. Chelle says:

    No, if he chooses that as a name it would get all confusing kind of like it did when Prince changed his name and out of confusion and simplicity we all just started calling him symbol. Remember that? I’d think Kanye, being a forward thinker and operating at altitudes most of us will never reach, would want to avoid all of that. I mean we are already kind of hard pressed in terms of do we call him Kanye, Ye or Yeezy. So, if I were him, and if nothing else but for the sake of clarity, ease and authenticity, I’d go with a name most of us already know him by: Village Idiot Who’s Often Unwell.

  11. Jess says:

    Get him some help.

  12. cee says:

    Sometimes I think the Kardashians encourage his erratic behavior. Regardless it is pretty obvious he needs help. People should really stop encouraging his manic behavior.

    • Chaine says:

      At this point his outbursts and religious venture are the only thing that is still drawing substantial media attention to them, so of course they bask in it…

  13. grabbyhands says:

    That White House 2024 bullshit is why Kim and her grifter family are still keeping him around – they really think he can pull it off (and frankly, given the state of the world, I no longer believe it to be an impossible thing).

    That’s why it is hard to find this funny – this lunatic absolutely believes everything thing he says and the fact that that he reacted so badly to people laughing doesn’t bode well for anyone who dares to disagree with him once he gets a taste of political power and 45 is all too happy to give it to him and his wife and her family are all too happy to exploit it for their own attention. Religious mania is bad news for everyone.

    • Annabel says:

      Yeah, there was a time when I would’ve laughed at the prospects of that guy being elected to the presidency, but now anything seems possible. So great to live in a country where any rich man—no matter how deranged—has a shot at the presidency.

  14. Joy says:

    Kanye thinks if he stepped in front a bus he could stop it with his mind. He’s that delusional. And kim would let him so she could push a line of ready to wear widow’s clothing

  15. Lightpurple says:

    Four children have to contend with this daily. My thoughts are with them.

    • ME says:

      You think they see him daily? I doubt it. They see the nannies daily though. Kim is always off doing sh*t too, which makes me question when the hell is she “studying so hard” as she proclaims.

      Also, Kanye really does believe we are all stupid and no one is as smart as he is. It’s just funny how his “rants” only happen when he’s promoting something. He can totally control it which makes me think this is all one big act. It gets him attention.

      • Lightpurple says:

        They probably don’t see either parent daily but they still have to contend with his mental health issues, which would include absences. Those kids may not want for anything materially but they will have to deal with their father and his erratic behavior for as long as he lives.

  16. Mee says:

    This Christian Kanye is a phase. It’s like watching a 13 year old go through a goth phase. It will pass. He’s not religious. And he’s just monetizing it. He/they will move on to something else next year.

  17. AmyB says:

    I say this, coming from my own history of mental illness. I suffered from anorexia, and severe depression, though I am recovered from my eating disorder for many years. I still am in therapy and on medication for my depression. Runs deep in my family. But this man is in need of serious psychological help! I feel bad for his kids, and cannot understand why Kim or even any members of her own family don’t encourage him to seek help. It’s sad to watch.

  18. Cay says:

    “As black designers out of America, you can’t have an opinion.”

    Kanye’s a black designer and we all know he can have (and share) an opinion.

  19. Carrie says:

    Honestly, hes so unlikable that I’m oddly finding him likable and ammusing, if that makes any sense.

    Kind of like that ugly sweater you wear every christmas that is so ugly, you love it.

  20. Thin Mint says:

    As someone with Bipolar 1, I can almost definitively say he has uncontrolled Bipolar either 1 or 2, but mania is more pronounced in type 1. He did say once that meds stunted his creative process, and it’s true- at least for me. However, not thinking and doing dangerous, unbalanced things FAR outweighs it. It’s not helpful to call mentally ill people crazy or lunatics, though.

    • JustMe says:

      Yes my husband is bipolar with manic episodes. His last one ended with him seeing/ hearing voices, religious mania and very paranoid. Kayne is 100 % in an episode and he will only spiral down till he has an extreme reaction that hopefully isnt detrimental to his family.

  21. JM says:

    I don’t care if he’s sick or not. He has a huge platform and he’s spouting idiocies that a certain percentage of his fans will follow. He needs to shut up and go away.

    • Traveler says:

      This is exactly the scariest part of this whole mess. There is always a sector that will follow………….there is truth behind each platitude and this one is “there is a sucker born every minute”.

  22. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    I swear to gawd. No really. I swear, I have to move.

  23. Tourmaline says:

    “That’s when West shifted the conversation to his plan to run for president. “When I run for president in 2024 —” West said. The audience reportedly laughed at this line, which West didn’t take well. “What are you laughing at?” he asked, before staring for a long time at the audience.”—HAHA this made me laugh too, heartily

  24. Anilehcim says:

    He’s definitely mentally unwell and will never get real help as long as he has Kim and her garbage fam in his life, but this is all such an obviously ploy to avoid taxes and get as rich as possible. I read something about him saying that he got something like $60 million dollars back on his taxes and how that’s proof that Jesus Christ is King. His gospel album features A LOT of talk about how he needs to be rich for his family because he has 4kids now.

    They bought the house next door to them and are turning it into a farm and Kanye is basically looking to start his own church. Anyone who doesn’t see right through this obvious attempt to become tax exempt, I’ve got a bridge to sell you.

  25. Capepopsie says:

    It’s really very sad to see someone derail publicly.

  26. jenner says:

    The absurdity is reaching new levels, we all just need to stop giving him a platform.

  27. Amber says:

    I get the feeling that Kim probably has tried to get him to go to therapy/take care of his condition but he won’t do it. She likes media attention, but she also likes to be in control of the narrative, and Kanye derails that. Her brand is “tacky-glam but boring,” she doesn’t want to court contentious political/religious controversy like Kanye is currently doing. She wants the controversy to be about whether her butt is real or fake, you know? Kim is also fairly liberal, and I’m sure Kanye’s political views are a source of conflict between them. I hope he does get help, it’s clear he’s unwell. But, and I say this as someone who has chronic major depression, it really is up to the person to seek help themselves. Family can try to push you into it, but until you recognize you need it, you won’t take your medication or make therapy appointments.

    • sunshine gold says:

      You are so spot on with this assessment. It would be so stressful to be with a partner like this, and then to have it play out on the public stage…. To build on what you’re saying, I think the family loves the “legitimacy” he brings to them because he’s supposedly a “genius” and was up until recently pretty respected, but I believe this is more than they bargained for and there’s a lot more strife than we know.

  28. Carina says:

    I am both fearful and sad for Kanye. He is clearly in these manic stretches for a startling long time. I think he may be taking his meds for BP when he sees fit & not everyday and/or by MD instruction. It’s very scary, people are laughing but this guy is not well. He needs help but nobody is doing sh*t bc he’s Kanye

  29. Jana says:

    If he won’t take his meds, Kim should crush them up in his food, the guy is clearly manic.

  30. Dottie says:

    Has the bar gone down that low? A rapper who thinks he is the second coming married to a woman who got fame doing porn and getting peed on. Oh the press will have a field day and Kanye does not react well to laughter. But Trump got elected……..

  31. Marty says:

    Some of the evangelicals in my town have been praying for him. They are buying into his conversion and welcoming him into the fold. This wont end well. Does anyone really care for Kanye to help him?

  32. carol lindsey says:

    Why does no one in his life love him enough to get him help with his mental health?! Not even his wife? That’s so sad and difficult to understand.

  33. Sharonk says:

    This guy is bonkers crazy!! How did Kim wind up w him w four kids….

  34. Oliviajoy1995 says:

    Yeah because this country needs a bipolar president who doesn’t take his meds. He can’t concentrate on any one thing long enough to be president of anything.

  35. Joanna says:

    It’s very hard to get someone help if they won’t do it willingly. My Dad started saying he was working for the FBI and all kinds of crazy stuff. Every place we called said he had to be willing to go into treatment, and he wasn’t willing. Then he started thinking mom was poisoning him and wouldn’t eat. I saw a cop car going by and told the lady that. Finally I was able to get him committed under the Baker Act. I can’t stand Kim but we don’t know what they’ve been doing to try and get him help. With my Dad, I think a lot of people just thought he had dementia. So just for the record, it’s not easy to get someone help who doesn’t want it

  36. so says:

    Another very stable genius, I see.