Kanye West: ‘I’m a black guy with a red hat, can you imagine?’

One of the things that sort of kills me about Taylor Swift continuing to allow Kanye West and Kim Kardashian to live rent-free in her head in the year of our lord Beyonce 2020 is that if Taylor didn’t force the issue, she would see that most people already cancelled Kanye a while ago. Maybe those same people cancelled Kim too, but mostly… Kanye did a great job of showing the world why he’s an a–hole. Taylor didn’t need to underline the point or make it all about her own snake drama. Kanye was put on the permanent sh-t list for his incessant MAGA sh-t, his utter lack of critical thinking, and his generally bonkers statements about all things political. Speaking of, Kanye covers the latest issue of WSJ. Magazine, and he talks about his MAGA life and whatever.

The backlash to his MAGA life: “I’m a black guy with a red [MAGA] hat, can you imagine? It reminded me of how I felt as a black guy before I was famous, when I would walk in a restaurant and people would look at you like you were going to steal something. ‘This is your place, Ye, don’t talk about apparel. This is your place, Ye, you’re black, so you’re a Democrat.’ Everything is about putting people in their place. Classism, protectionism—not just racism. Classism is like living on a bookshelf. The more money you have, the higher you go. And you get to the top and look over and what do you see? Fear.”

Don’t call him ambitious: “I do not like the word ambitious. I’m Kanye West. The word ambitious is beneath my abilities. I’m just a doer. You can see in my eyes there’s not one bit of fear.”

Kanye’s access to the Trump White House: He has “unusual access to the Trump administration,” WSJ. Magazinepoints out — citing how West called Trump to help free fellow rapper A$AP Rocky back in July after he was taken into custody in Stockholm, Sweden, on July 2 following a street altercation involving a 19-year-old male. As the magazine lays out, West called Jared Kushner at the White House from his swimming pool in Calabasas. Less than an hour later, while West was out of the pool and eating breakfast, he received a call back from the president. Hours later, Trump tweeted, “Just spoke to @KanyeWest about his friend A$AP Rocky’s incarceration. I will be calling the very talented Prime Minister of Sweden to see what we can do about helping A$AP Rocky.”

[From People]

For one brief moment, I am going to play along and say that there is one minor point that Kanye is sort of making which isn’t complete garbage: the idea that our stratified society has stagnated into tribalism, and that tribalism is more than just black-white/rich-poor/Democrat-Republican. But… Kanye isn’t really saying anything meaningful about that. He’s not really a Republican, he’s an ignorant contrarian. He thinks he’s being next-level clever by associating himself with Trump, but all he’s really doing is showing the world that he is intellectually incurious, happily ignorant, profoundly lacking in critical thinking skills and utterly uneducated in history. He’s garbage. End of.

Kanye White House

Cover courtesy of WSJ. Magazine, additional photos courtesy of Avalon Red.

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  1. Sean says:

    You’re mentally unwell, Kanye. Of course I can imagine it.

    • giveortake says:

      It is so funny how these celebrities will go back and forth with their policies so publicly. I am all for being able to choose the BEST candidate for the term regardless of their choice for political party. However, I am opposed to celebrities who jump on bandwagons when they need favors done for them. Kim would not have the privileges that she has had if she did not have direct connections with Trump. And firstly, where was she when Trump was running? I know for years she said she has always been a republican, but when Trump needed her most she was a silent mouse. And then she is back and forth on supporting Trump which I just SMH.

  2. julia says:

    Yeah, they both walk and quack like ducks soooo…..they’re fu@ks.

  3. Chica71 says:

    He needs to go away! His mental disability requires some empathy and compassion but he pretty used it up. Coplaying JimmyBaker/Falwell Christian routine with blowup Barbie wife cosplaying Ms.Social Justice will not be enough to remove the stench when Dear Leader kills Americans.

    • Scollins says:

      Excellent descriptions!

    • Ronaldinhio says:

      It’s not a mental disability – he has bipolar disorder
      His wife is an adult woman – he fashion choices are her own as she educates herself and runs a multi million dollar business

      These are gross descriptors

      Maybe just maybe he has a point
      Maybe we are expected to behave and think a way and if we do not we are pariahs
      Maybe like anyone else he as a right to free thought and expression without being dragged for his pretty standard mental health condition

      • whatWHAT? says:

        he’s being dragged because he’s a trumphumper. he’s being treated like a pariah because he’s a MAGAT.

        and he’s got a right to free thought and expression, and we have a right to drag him for it.

  4. ST says:

    You overrate the degree to which Kanye is canceled. Brad Pitt in the middle of his PR campaign showing up to Sunday service days says otherwise. The willingness of celebrities to show up to that and that there hasn’t been any backlash has been telling.

  5. TheOriginalMia says:

    “But… Kanye isn’t really saying anything meaningful about that. He’s not really a Republican, he’s an ignorant contrarian. He thinks he’s being next-level clever by associating himself with Trump, but all he’s really doing is showing the world that he is intellectually incurious, happily ignorant, profoundly lacking in critical thinking skills and utterly uneducated in history. He’s garbage. End of.“

    All. Of. This.

    • Snappyfish says:

      I think what sums up Kanye best was his own comment. Years ago someone asked him to describe what he does. He said “when I travel & have to fill out customs forms & they ask your occupation. I always write in genius even though I’m not sure how it’s spelled”

      His family should encourage him to seek help & Not the spotlight. They monetize everything, even his Sunday services were just a money grab. They have more than enough & should get him some the much needed assistance he needs.

  6. BlueSky says:

    As a black woman, I will say over and over again the ability some black men have to be both the oppressed and the oppressor. He’s a rich man who benefits from this administration and their tax breaks for the rich, so he’s not going let a little racism, xenophobia, sexism get in the way of his bottom line. He relates to DT because they are both malignant narcissist.

  7. Valiantly Varnished says:

    Dear Kanye,

    No one cares. Literally. No one cares anymore.

  8. Jules says:

    we need to stop giving mentally ill, narcissistic men a platform. who in their right mind would interview him and put his mug on the cover? it’s all about making money off of his drama and controversy, disgusting.

  9. OriginalLala says:

    Can we please stop paying attention to this person?

    He and his ilk just want attention, they need it like we need oxygen, so let’s stop giving it to them and maybe they’ll all just shut up and disappear.

  10. Otaku fairy says:

    “I’m a black guy with a red [MAGA] hat, can you imagine? It reminded me of how I felt as a black guy before I was famous, when I would walk in a restaurant and people would look at you like you were going to steal something.”

    Isn’t it great when deplorable-types who happen to be from marginalized groups try to pretend that people distancing themselves from that behavior or calling it out is the same as being racist, misogynistic, homophobic, etc. toward them?

    • whatWHAT? says:

      also funny…

      if he WERE, in fact, still just a non-famous black guy, and went to a MAGAt rally…people would look at him like he was going to steal something.

  11. Babs441 says:

    Kanye is Prick!

  12. adastraperaspera says:

    On cue AGAIN, Kanye West given top billing by a conservative rag right when Trump is in deep trouble! This happens over and over. Kanye is paying off his mob debts with this propaganda racket. And the WSJ? Homicidal greed personified. They need us all to shut up, ignore the body count and get back to work.

  13. Well-Wisher says:

    The irony is that someone is assuming that if he is “black guy with a red hat” he will be able to influence black voters to not vote or vote republican. No matter how many times it has been repeated that AA are not monolithic and vote for their interests…..

  14. Joanna says:

    I just don’t get how minorities can be Trump fans. My God, it’s like a cult. My ex husband is mixed and his African American brother is a HUGE Trump supporter. My ex called me after talking to his brother to tell me about it. Trump is a fucking racist moron.

  15. Exactly says:

    DT did loan him some money a couple of years ago…let’s see how long his loyalty lasts.

  16. Sam says:

    Oh eff off…pillock

  17. Stef says:

    Everytime he opens his mouth, his ignorance and narsasism shines through like a beacon of idiot.

    He’s marginally talented as a musician (most of his hooks are rip offs of tale red artists), is a terrible designer and all around deplorable human being.

    Please stop writing about this clown!

  18. puravidacostarica says:

    What he should have said: “I’m mentally ill but fail to donate my millions to mental health programs, health care studies for the mentally ill and those with bipolar, or anything else to keep me from using my MAGA hat to try to hide my own challenges with mental health.” Until that guy sits his ass down, contributes to funding programs for the mentally ill (including for research and development of treatments for bipolar disorder), he is cancelled as far as I am concerned. His bipolar disorder (or just plain narcissistic personality disorder) is tired.