Kanye West of recent has become subject to a media attack heavier than much of any we’ve seen of late. Jokes, jibes and jabs arise from every corner; from media and entertainment to doctors and the first black President of the United States.
Whilst half of these incidents have been induced by Kanye himself, his heart is and always has been; I believe, in the right place.
Whilst the above is an unscrupulously vague and indifferent statement, my intention is that I cannot, and will not blame Kanye.
His widespread mimicking, I believe is because his overt opinion on white culture; namely ‘White America’ pardon the cliché. A recent example of which was his 2016 tweet “To Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, New York Times, and any other white publication. Please do not comment on black music anymore.” This sparked fury amongst many white people who became incredibly red and furiously attacked their keyboard harder than a 13 year old boy. A ‘dailywire’ post includes the title “Kanye Doesn’t Want White People Reviewing His Music? Fine White People Should Stop Buying His Crappy Music.”
The enragement continued when Kanye then tweeted “I love love love white people but you don’t understand what it means to be the great grandson of ex slaves and make it this far.” which is considerably fair assumption, West continues “The system is designed for colored people to fail and one of our only voices is music. One of our only ways out is music.” Here is where I defend Kanye, as he has produced a point that runs true two years onwards and one hundred years back. Oppression and racism towards the coloured community is not something that is conspirical, instead quite inspiring for the coloured community. You do not need old, white, conservative dogmatic critics to tell you your ability, then rate it as a number out of 10. I’m not an artist as such, but I’m quite sure art isn’t ‘rated’ as this. Here, I can defend Kanye whole-heartedly.
However, the tweets were sent out in response to pitchfork rating his album as a 9.0 instead of 10. He claims he deserves “30 out of 10.” Now, here Kanye becomes controversial to follow. White people then came out in droves to call for a boycott against Kanye West, which I do believe did not work as two years later the ‘Yeezy’ clothing line is exclusively worn and modelled by not just black but equivocally the white community.
Next, “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.”
Kanye claimed George Bush didn’t care about the black community, and had an agenda of setting different standards “We see a black family, it says they’re looting. We see a white family, it says they’re looking for food.”, then claims George Bush doesn’t care about black people, leaving Chris Tucker bewildered.
Kanye’s West argument is precarious. The topic on media bias, America has been plagued with this before the birth of CNN and FOX, which are similar to news channels except without any facts so its easier to understand. Alongside this, George Bush’s involvement in Hurricane Katrina was heavily criticised, especially after the gentlemen he praised (Michael D. Brown, head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency) who was in charge of the response to the hurricane was cited as being unhelpful, and when accused of this, he explained that he wants to resign, and sort of just… left.
Here, Kanye has reached an intrinsically relevant point, however, the choice of proclaiming this violently, confusing everyone, on a humanitarian channel, whilst advertising for donations, on live television… Perhaps not the best choice.
Many white people criticised Kanye for this, but I’m not going to mention what they said because they’re annoying.
President Obama mocking Kanye West’s antics when he stole the light from Taylor Swift in the 2009 VMA awards. Something that is continually criticised to this day. Quite simply anyone who remembered the year where Swift’s “You Belong With Me” beat “Single Ladies” by Beyonce. Whilst easily recognisable by everyone apart from US upper echelons, Beyonce should of won the award, Kanye took it upon himself to relieve everyone from the elephant in the room. Whilst justifiably accurate opinion Kanye had, his execution was horrendous. This is my only qualm.
Since the above; White America, then subsequently the rest of the world turned against Kanye.
Having the world hate you, because you defend what we all know privately is perhaps difficult. His mother then dying from numerous health related issues which Kanye has blamed himself for, has clearly taken a toll on Kanye. For this reason I cannot respect J Cole’s, Obama and other critics taking cheap shots. As an entertainer you must learn to adapt and ignore; thats the cost of fame, but can’t a man crack?
Hitting a man whilst he’s on his knees shows nothing.