Kanye West brought Marilyn Manson & DaBaby on stage at the ‘Donda’ party

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Last night, Kanye West held his third “listening party” event for his new (and still unreleased) album Donda. This party was in Chicago, at Soldier Field. He didn’t require proof of vaccination for entry, so when there’s a spike in Covid cases in the Chicago area in a week, you know why. Many of the headlines I’ve seen about the event have been about how Kanye asked Kim Kardashian, his estranged wife, to be part of the “show.” But it’s worth noting that Kim was like the least problematic person there – apparently, Kanye invited Marilyn Manson and DaBaby. Marilyn Manson is a serial sexual predator and DaBaby is homophobic trash. And Kanye is MAGA. My question is: why the f–k was Kim there? According to TMZ, Kim stepped out on the stage for the final song of the night, “No Child Left Behind.” Kim wore a Balenciaga wedding gown. As for Manson and DaBaby, he had them on stage too:

On Thursday night, MAGA maestro Kanye West threw caution and morality to the wind during his DONDA “listening party” at Chicago’s Soldier Field. In addition to erecting a replica of his childhood home—it is a hometown show, after all, and the album is named after his late mother Donda West—West, masked and dressed in all black, decided to bring out Marilyn Manson and DaBaby during the performance art piece. The three posed together on the stoop of the home, underneath a giant cross, as “Hurricane”—a song off the album featuring DaBaby and The Weeknd—blared over the loudspeakers, along with the track “Jail.”

[From The Daily Beast]

Before DaBaby’s homophobic rant, I think a lot of artists were probably happy to collaborate with him, and maybe this work with Kanye was pre-rant. But Kanye has had all the time in the world to remove DaBaby from the album. No one – literally no one – is like “free DaBaby, cancel culture!!” He’s not in jail. He’s just an a–hole who says hateful, bigoted sh-t about gay people, then makes stupid apologies and then takes back his stupid apologies! (Update: okay, Kanye replaced a Jay-Z verse with DaBaby very recently. F–k them both.)

Anyway, yeah… Kanye West continues to be the worst, and he continues to defend the worst f–king people. Remember when he defended Bill Cosby? That’s Kanye’s thing, he’s Mr. Believe The Worst Men.

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  1. LaraW” says:

    That top pic— that expression is the same one I have on my face when I’m like “am I supposed to cheer now? Did we score a touchdown? Which team am I rooting for again? Maybe I’ll do a half-hurray, just in case.”

  2. Chaine says:

    This is so gross, I mean I can understand bringing out someone that actually collaborated on the album however problematic, but Marilyn Manson?!

    • LaraW” says:

      What’s funny to me is that in the twitter pic, Manson looks like the white dude who’s staring at a frat party being thrown next door and asking “what the f-ck are they doing over there?”

      Dude, you signed up to appear in the shitshow, don’t pretend you’re somehow above it all.

    • Princess Peach says:

      I don’t think that the DaBaby collaboration on the album was long-standing (although they have worked together in the past). DaBaby’s verse actually replace a verse Jay-Z did on the song that was already debuted. So Kanye clearly chose to work with him publicly because of the scandal.

      • Steph says:

        He replaced Jay on Donda? The song not the album? The one where Jay hinted there could be a WTT 2?

    • Lawcatb says:

      Kanye hates women and he loves thinking of himself as some sort of provocateur; those two things aligning is his dream come true.

  3. EllenOlenska says:

    Birds of a feather flock together…

  4. Haylie says:

    Hmm. He must not love his late mother all that much. This is super disrespectful.

    • Wiglet Watcher says:

      I don’t think that’s the case at all.
      I think his illness has just overtaken and no one is around to help him. Only enablers.
      He has also always been an egomaniac too so this could be a power struggle to prove he can rehab anyone’s image, get attention or that he’s so popular he can still sell while being the absolute worst.

      • Cait says:

        Stop making excuses for this fully grown man. He is careful about who he offends or make declarations about.

      • ME says:

        @ Cait

        Yeah if he was really “unhinged” he would have spilled all the Kardashian family secrets by now. But then again, maybe that’s why Kim is still kissing his butt and doing whatever he asks of her. She’s afraid one day he’ll tell all !

      • Haylie says:

        I’m sorry, but people make way too many excuses for Kanye and abusive men in general. Chrisette Michelle’s career was destroyed for far less than Kanye’s antics, but people swear his misogyny and anti-blackness is revolutionary genius.

        I stand by what I said. Choosing to celebrate his mother under the banner of mysogynists/homophobe/rapists (as “victims” of “cancel culture”) is disrespectful and dishonorable.

      • Kkat says:

        Quit blaming his utter bullshit on mental illness.
        Do you know how many people have severe bipolar and aren’t problematic, racist, abusive ect??
        Me for one, even when I’m not medicated and manic, to the point its been mania psychosis.

        Everything is a f*cking choice. Unless someone is so far gone they don’t know who they are, people can make choices

        What mania does not to is make you something you aren’t already
        Mania does NOT make you racist, homophobic ect.
        Kanye is a piece of crap, it has nothing to do with his mental illness

      • Lenni says:

        My brother is also bipolar. You can’t force them to take medication and sometimes it’s impossible to reason with them.

  5. Beth says:

    I hate how people play into his sh*t like he’s a genius when he’s really an egomaniacal little man who doesn’t seem to care about anyone or anything but his own ego and bad taste. Of course he’d hang out with Da Homophobe and Brian the Rapist. Of course.

  6. Amy Bee says:

    Why wouldn’t Kim be there? She’s equally as bad as Kanye. “College drop out” Kanye was a facade. He was always a terrible person.

    • Maddie says:

      Kim will never pass on a chance to be in the news. Doesn’t matter who she’s got to align herself with to accomplish that.

      • Gina says:

        Exactly. She is desperate to stay relevant which is why she won’t drop West from her name.
        Until Kanye is completely cancelled, she’ll stay attached to him for as long as possible “for the sake of her family”. Eyes-rolling.

    • Haylie says:

      Erm… if you listened to the opening skits and song on The College Dropout, it’s pretty clear Kanye was a smug prick then too.

      • Amy Bee says:

        @Haylie: it goes further than being a smug prick and I don’t think everybody realised that in the beginning.

  7. Maddie says:

    Kanye replaced a Jay Z verse with DaBaby. Let that sink in for a minute.

  8. OriginalLala says:

    I hope people remember this when Kim K continues to try to convince people she isn’t just a vapid thirst-trap and not at all a “both sides” person who has no qualms supporting and propping up MAGAs, predators and homophobes.

    all these people are awful, the fact that they remain popular, powerful and famous is just a stunning commentary on our society…

    • Amy Bee says:

      @Originallala: Kim was a Trump supporter from the beginning and grew up in a Republican home. Her PR has people believing that she’s not a conservative.

    • Haylie says:

      Anyone else thinking their “divorce” is a publicity sham?

    • BC says:

      Not really a surprise. Twice in a general US elections almost half the voters voted for the Maga side. Kim’s a money opportunist. She won’t purposely alienate anyone, potential fans at least. Kanye well I know people don’t want to use this as an excuse, but he is mentally unhinged a bit and it is a factor. He was mostly normal when his Mom was alive. Not an excuse just the reality. I personally cancelled both of them a long time ago. I wish the rest of the world would catch up and their celebrity would finally die. They certainly know how to wring out ever ounce of it. Also, both Kim and Kanye just encourage the crowd, they don’t actually do it. Not like Marilyn Manson, he’s definitely worse by a long way. I think those who say the enablers are the same are delusional. Sure it’s bad, but it’s not the same.

  9. Maree says:


    Can’t stand him, or him, or him. Or her.

  10. Oh_Hey says:

    Umm. No to all.
    And as much as I can’t stand Kim or the majority of the Kartrashians folks love to blame everything one her.
    This is not a Kim problem- Ye is a grown man that continues to deliberately take these missteps and we as a culture need to stop freely handing out passes. If Kim’s a mess then what is Ye with all his continued unforced errors.

    • Emma says:

      Kim is not responsible for Kanye. Yet she chose to be on stage publicly supporting the whole thing, therefore it is also a Kim problem.

      No one who actually cared about violence against women would have anything to do with Marilyn Manson. Not at all. I’m a queer woman. These guys are not cute. They are not provocative. They are not courageous. This is repulsive.

  11. Desdenova says:

    I was a Kanye fan.
    I maean, look at him now.
    It’s sooooo frustrating. I wanna be able to get giddy about his new projects without feeling cringy . uuuggghhhh.

    I wil not even listen to this album, he is really pushing it. Was he always this stupid and mean. I sould just go back to my cave, stay off internet and continue enjoying my faves, before they mess up.

    Ignorance was bliss!

  12. lowe says:

    the song with DaBaby was NOT pre-homophobic rant. during the other two listening sessions, prior to last night’s, the song with DaBaby featured Jay-Z. Jay’s verse was removed and replaced with a DaBaby verse where he actually raps about his recent “troubles”. so no, Kanye knew what he was doing bringing them out. he’s trying to provoke and be “shocking”, but the returns are so diminishing now they all just look like loser clowns.

    • Mango says:

      I’m wondering if Jay-Z asked to be removed from the song he was in with DaHomophobe, as whatever his personal views may be, he’s not a moron. And the extra DaShithead verse is Kanye doubling down, proving that whatever he does, some people will never cancel him

  13. Coco says:

    The last few days in Chicago have been the hottest of the summer. Probably a bit cooler by the lake, but I hope that sweat caused Manson’s makeup to drip off his face and they all got heat rash.

    • whatWHAT? says:

      OMG, you just reminded me of a band showcase I went to once. One of the bands was a gothy/metal kind of band, and the lead singer was in full white/black face make up which almost completely sweated off of his face while he performed. at the end of their set, he looked RIDICULOUS, with streaks of white face paint in random patches.

    • whatWHAT? says:

      PS I’d like to add that Manson’s face paint shtick is OLD AND TIRED. he needs a new one but I’m betting he still does the whole goth face paint thing to cover up how truly homely he is.

  14. steph says:

    People need to STOP supporting him! It sickens me a lot of POCs still buy his garbage.

  15. Dilara says:

    The worst part is seeing people on Twitter going out of their ways to defend Kanye, saying he’s bipolar (which it’s true) and a real artist. Yeah, he might be talented, but he openly collabs with monsters and defends republicans, so why would I still listen to his music?

    • ME says:

      Being Bi-Polar doesn’t make you an a$$hole or a racist or a homophobe. That is not an excuse. Also, what’s Kim’s excuse then? She supports all of this. Why the f*ck was she wearing a wedding dress? It’s like she can only get attention now a days if she’s somehow connected to Kanye.

      • Anna says:

        And why is Balenciaga aligning itself with that mess? This is a bad look.

      • Mimi says:

        Yep. 100% right. Mental illness isn’t an excuse for homophobia and racism …. No excuses for it

      • sparky says:

        THIS!!!!!!!!! He perpetuates the stigma surrounding bipolar disorder. He’s an arrogant, self important a**hole who also happens to be bipolar — NOT the opposite!

      • BC says:

        I do have sympathy for him being bipolar, and that’s why I try to avoid saying nasty comments about him. However, I don’t listen to him or basically give my money or time to any of his endeavors. To me he is just done. But to each their own.

  16. Jules says:

    Of course he did, Cosby is probably waiting his turn backstage.

  17. lunchcoma says:

    That’s a whole lot of yikes in one venue.

  18. Lala11_7 says:

    Love the optics Kim & Kanye are showcasing to the growing children in their lives…

    Homophobia ✔
    Sexual predator ✔
    Sexual violence ✔
    Misogyny ✔
    Cruelty ✔

  19. Case says:

    Oh wow, is he friends with Johnny Depp too?

    • observer says:

      idk but johnny depp has frequently talked publicly about his close friendship with marilyn manson (and vice versa) … so i mean. make a venn diagram or something

  20. Mimi says:

    It’s just all so weird and creepy

  21. damejudi says:

    Maybe Jamie Spears needs to step in here and help him out.

    • Ariel says:

      Kris Jenner can be his conservator. Sadly, i think she would definitely do better taking care of his money, and actually be at least marginally greedy and self serving than jamie spears.

  22. psl says:

    Kanye is just plain exhausting.

    • L4frimaire says:

      I’m not even trying to keep up with whatever is going on with him or Kim. He’s such a mess and a nasty personality.

  23. Shannon Prestridge says:

    I’m gonna let him finish, but he’s thirsty, Kim’s thirsty (and I’m disappointed in her for engaging in this crazy), this is all thirsty stupidity and I’m embarrassed on behalf of all four of these people. And I was ALMOST starting to like Kim.

    • Stan says:

      Let’s not forget that Kristen Bell just hosted Kim Kardashian on her podcast. The podcast aims to “learn about lifting one another up” and “break the glass” for women. I’m not sure that someone who shares a stage with Marilyn Manson is dedicated to lifting other women up, nor is the one giving her space on her podcast. Bunch of grifters. All of them.

  24. The Recluse says:

    I’m disappointed to hear that the Weeknd was part of this album. Frankly, he’s big enough on his own that he doesn’t need to hitch his wagon to Kanye’s overrated ‘genius’. He has his own album coming out at any rate.

  25. Grant says:

    Isn’t Kanye all evangelical now? How you gonna be hanging with Marilyn Manson, the Antichrist Superstar? Kanye is so confused…

  26. Scarlet Pimpernel says:

    Was that actually Kim?

  27. OliviaJoy says:

    I don’t understand at all wtf Kim is doing. This is is third listening party and she has gone to. How many times does she have to show up and support her soon to be ex? Then he invites straight trash on stage with him and puts them on his album and Kim parades out in a wedding dress. So super ridiculous. Can’t stand Kanye.

  28. Jennifer says:

    Kanye is awful. Just repeatedly over and over again awful. And Kim clearly wants to go back to this?!?! WHY?! What is so awesome about this dude? Does he shit gold? What IS it? I’ve never heard anything about him that wasn’t arsehole.

  29. Ry says:

    Of course he’d like Manson. Ugh.

  30. Joh says:

    Kanye’s mom died from ill advised plastic surgery so his and Kim’s relationship is really really odd.

  31. Joh says:

    Kanye’s mom died from ill advised plastic surgery he pushed on her so his and Kim’s relationship is really really odd.

  32. VitaBANItaBONnita says:

    So homophobia was the line but everyone was fine when supporting him when he was disrespecting Black women left to and right and we said delete this man. Oh, us liberals…we always show our true selves.

    Oh and he is a genius. And I hate him. Both can be true.

    Like how y’all love David Bowie and the Stones and all those rockers who had sex with minors back in the day but y’all swear they are the epitome of genius.

  33. Lucy2 says:

    I am so very tired of him.