As David Dennis once said, it’s really hard to be a Kanye West fan at times.
Last night, as his Saint Pablo Tour rolled into San Jose—a city in the heart of liberal California with a large Latino population—Kanye finally addressed the outcome of last week’s presidential election. However, what he had to say isn’t what most of us wanted to hear.
I told y’all I didn’t vote, right? But if I would’ve voted, I would’ve voted for Trump.
Kanye didn’t explain why he would’ve voted for Trump exactly, but he seemed to be impressed by the president-elect’s campaign. “There’s nonpolitical methods to speaking that I feel were very futuristic,” he told the crowd. “That style and that method of communication has proven that it can be a politically correct way of communication — and I fuck with that.” He added, “I actually think that his approach was absolutely genius. Because it fucking worked!”
However, those comments about Trump weren’t even the most controversial thing Kanye said last night. During his lengthy political rant (I know he hates that word, but what else can you call it?), Yeezy basically told black people to get over racism.
Specifically to black people, stop focusing on racism. This world is racist, OK? Let’s stop being distracted to focus on that as much. It’s just a fucking fact: we are in a racist country. Period. Do not allow people to make us talk about that so fucking long.
Remember when he called out a president on live TV for not caring about black people? We miss the old Kanye. We’re guessing Chance The Rapper, Pusha T, Big Sean, J. Cole and Run The Jewels do, too.
Buried in his convoluted thoughts on politics and race was further confirmation that Mr. West will run for President in 2020, a prospect that doesn’t seem so appealing all of a sudden. He said he wants to bring the education system into the internet age while unifying Democrats and Republicans (which party Kanye runs for is anyone’s guess at this point). He also has “ideas about how we can connect ideas.”
However, Kanye didn’t exactly win over many voters last night. According to various reports from people in the audience, Ye continually cut songs short to resume his stream-of-consciousness, which lasted for more than 40 minutes over the three-hour show. Boos rang out in the SAP Center, many fans left early and some items were thrown at Kanye’s stage.
“After the first 20 minutes of rant, I still had some hope that he could save the show,” one Reddit user wrote. “But then he started clownin on the audience, and he pretty much lost us.” Even watching Kanye’s rant on a laptop feels like the drunken ramblings of an artist who could probably use a vacation (I hear Hawaii’s nice this time of year).
Anytime a rapper says some dumb shit, someone usually brings up Dave Chappelle’s Ja Rule 9/11 joke. “Who gives a fuck what Ja Rule thinks at a time like this?!” That was definitely the case with Lil Wayne’s comments about Black Lives Matter earlier this month. But Kanye West’s opinion has always been held in higher regard. Or at least it was.
Between “classism is the new racism," “BILL COSBY INNOCENT !!!!!!!!!!” and now this, maybe we shouldn’t take everything Yeezus says as gospel.
By Andy James. Follow him on Twitter.
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