The King of Contrarianism: A Defense of Kanye West

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Kanye West has come under scorching hot 1000 degree FIRE as of late because he’s had a history of racist remarks, and he doesn’t care about anyone other than the 1%, and he’s been accused of sexual assault and…wait, what? Oh sorry that’s a description of Donald Trump, who people are forgetting IS NOT KANYE WEST.

Kanye puts on a “Make America Great Again” hat and now every citizen in America needs to call 1-800-Contacts because they seem to be mistaking him with our old white president, Donald J. Trump. OPEN YOUR EYES. It’s so frustrating to me that Kanye is getting the same amount of criticism as Trump just for associating with him.

What started this whole debate is Kanye saying “I like Trump” back in like 2016. What was Kanye saying about Trump before he ran for President? Let’s check out 2010’s “So Appalled”.

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The opening lines of Verse 1 is straight up “Hey DONALD TRUMP IS STEALING FROM US”, and on top of THAT he roasted his hair (Trump’s kryptonite). So why did he change his mind come the 2016 election? Because he likes the IDEA of Trump. Not his policies or his ideals or his past, but he likes that Trump showed him that anyone could be president, despite what people said.

Kanye’s music, fashion, and lifestyle can all be defined by one thing: contrarianism. He wants to do what people say he can’t do. I mean, do you even remember this song?

He was a producer for a long time before he was given a shot at rap. One of my favorite Kanye songs “Last Call” details this and truly illustrates how College Dropout-Kanye isn’t much different from ye-Kanye.

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He credits his arrogance and ego for his success, which I’m sure Trump would resonate with. The “suits behind the desk” want Kanye to be a certain way, and he simply said “no”. Everyone told him as a black celebrity (who has been extremely vocal about numerous social justice issues), that he can’t like Trump. People put him in that box. Limiting his freedom. So he wears the MAGA hat to say “I can do whatever I want” and people forget about the fact that it’s an article of clothing and not an action. Because no one wants to talk about actions like this infamous quote

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or his efforts with his wife to get a first time drug offender with a life sentence out of jail,

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Nobody wants to talk about that because it doesn’t fit the mob mentality that is telling you to hate Kanye. You want to know how Kanye got to talking to Trump? and how he got his wife to have an actual sit down meeting with him about this issue? I’ll tell you how.

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The infamous MAGA hat. It let’s him “slide” into meetings with Donald Trump and the republican majority. Between tweeting about liking the idea of Trump and being seen sporting a MAGA hat, he was able to have meaningful conversations with Trump.

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No where in these tweets does Kanye say anything about loving all of his policies, especially ones like the Muslim Ban, women’s rights and abortion, healthcare, or gun control, which he openly criticized in the song “Cops Shot the Kid”, that came out just a few months ago.

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Kanye takes Trump’s “Fake News” term and uses it to show how media outlets portray black people who are shot by the cops as degenerate criminals and not innocent bystanders. He even says it’s “cops doing the drive-by’s”. But Kanye was also criticized for this verse because “who is he to talk about how bad racial profiling is when he likes Trump!”. He can’t win. All because of this stupid hat.

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This hat is a symbol of Trump, but it has also, in our culture, become a symbol of the alt-right and wanting to go back to a time when white males could be openly misogynistic and racist. Sound like the symbol of another group?

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The confederate flag represents the time of the civil war when the South didn’t want to end slavery. SLAVERY. Besides maybe the genocide of the Native Americans, it’s probably the worst thing America has ever done. It’s been used to oppress Black people for centuries. So what did Kanye do?

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“He’s made it his flag”, sound familiar? Probably because he said the same thing a few weeks ago about the MAGA hat.

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“The elephant in the room is I wear my hat right. But it’s my hat, I redesigned it. I changed the brim, I changed the shape right here, and I put positive energy into the hat.”

So he took another symbol of oppression and took the hateful power away from it and added positive energy. It’s the same exact thing he did with the confederate flag. Not to mention he’s wearing a Colin Kaepernick sweatshirt, again, going against Trump’s stance on the matter.

Yesterday Kanye met once again with the President. What was their discussion going to revolve around?

The discussion will be centered on President Trump’s historic work to benefit all Americans such as urban revitalization, the creation of Opportunity Zones, new workforce training programs, record highs in African American employment, the creation of manufacturing jobs, ideas from his meeting with African American pastors, potential future clemencies, and addressing the massive violent crime surge in Chicago.” -The Official Whitehouse Statement

I don’t see what about this is so bad. Chicago, further creation of manufacturing jobs, urban revitalization, crime and violence…these are all issues Kanye cares about and, because he is so influential, can present to the actual President of the United States who otherwise probably wouldn’t give a shit. He has the power to make a difference. How does CNN frame this?

“Imagine this: A president, concerned about the opioid crisis that is ravaging many communities, particularly white, Midwestern communities, invites…a famous musician to talk about the crisis. And imagine that this is one of the few high-level meetings he has about the crisis, which has led to the deaths of tens of thousands of Americans.”

So they’re mad that Donald Trump, who doesn’t usually take meetings about the Opioid Crisis, is now having a meeting about it with someone who was addicted to opioids??? What??? It’s crazy to me. It’s actually insane. Kanye is making Trump address the Opioid Crisis (which he doesn’t normally do) and people are mad at him for it. It’s maddening.

What people chose to focus on was Kanye’s manic rant about having superpowers and male energy.

This guy is so angry. I get that Trump probably should’ve met with hurricane victims, but this level of fury just because Kanye West had a 20 minute lunch with the President is just barbaric.

Yes, Kanye has a mental illness. He was clearly in a manic state here. If Kanye feels ok, that’s fine with me, but I do think some therapy and medication would benefit him. Am I going to come at Kanye while he’s in this state and rip him apart on social media so everyone will like me? No. I think that would be totally unnecessary. But most celebrities took the chance to pile on the hate to this guy who they didn’t even attempt to understand.

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Congrats Lana Del Ray, after your monotone groaning put your elderly hipster fans to sleep, you woke them back up by writing a pandering novel on an instagram post. You know how many people support someone “who believes it’s OK to grab a woman by the pussy”? ABOUT HALF THE COUNTRY. It’s the wrong half FOR SURE, but he’s not the source of the problem, Trump is. Look, I DESPISE Donald Trump and I wouldn’t vote for him in a million years and he has none of my support, but Kanye sees a few things he likes in him, has the ability to meet with him and discuss issues because he publicly supports him, and isn’t agreeing with those actions or any of his policies explicitly.

He isn’t even talking about Trump in this post he’s just talking about the hat itself, bringing jobs back, and…abolishing the 13th amendment. Not good. Which Chris Evans pointed out in the most know-it-all “I’m smarter than you” way possible.

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Chris’s laptop must be overheating with the amount of thesauraus.com searches he had to make to craft this tweet. Jesus Christ. Relax buddy.

First of all, I’d like to point out that neither of these people are black. I get you have the power to speak up about issues and make a difference, but maybe let the people he’s “offending” speak for themselves. Kanye also realized this wrong and corrected it.

Kanye said in the original tweet “we will provide jobs for all who are freed from prisons as we abolish the 13th amendment. Message sent with love.”

After facing criticism he followed this up saying we need to “amend” not “abolish”, but that the 13th amendment (known for abolishing slavery) is “slavery in disguise”, why? If we look at the amendment, it’s quite obvious.

Ratified at the end of the Civil War, the amendment abolished slavery, with one critical exception: Slavery and involuntary servitude actually remain lawful “as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted.” In other words, according to this so-called punishment clause, if you get pulled over with the wrong controlled substance in your trunk, there’s nothing in the 13th Amendment to ensure you can’t be considered a slave of the state.

Kanye said “as we abolish the 13th amendment, we will provide jobs for those freed from prisons”…he wants to get rid of this clause because it was put in the amendment to encourage systematic racism in our penal system. When those people, like Alice Johnson who Kim got out of jail, are arrested for first time drug offenses and sentenced to life in prison, it is another form of slavery.

It’s also acknowledging slavery still exists in different forms, some more visible than others. He discussed this in his song “New Slaves”.

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From getting no respect in the world of design, to the stereotypes of things black people are told to buy, Kanye acknowledges the mental and physical confines Black people are still subject to.

We could all be a little less angry if we did one tiny little thing: try to understand the person we’re mad at. Take 5 minutes before saying anything and think about that person, what they’ve been through, what they’re actually saying, and see if you can empathize with them.

Kanye’s been saying crazy stuff since the beginning of his career that he doesn’t necessarily mean. Kanye has clearly stated he doesn’t agree with all of Trump’s policies. Kanye has a mental illness. Kanye was addicted to Opioids for more than a year resulting in a hospitalization. Kanye is a husband and father of three children. Kanye is not Donald Trump.

I love Kanye West. His music has been a part of my identity for a long time. It’s comforted me when I’m sad, it’s inspired me in times of doubt, and it’s made me angry about issues that I care about. His creative genius, from designing shoes to directing a short film, is unparalleled. I love this guy and it’s hard to see him take this criticism from so many people but it’s also hard to see him support someone who I (quite frankly) hate with all my heart. It’s also hard to see him praise and hang out with known abusers like XXXTentacion and 6ix9ine. There are plenty of reasons to dislike Kanye, but at his core, I know he’s a good person.

Kanye feels like a friend to me. Jonah Hill is another idol of mine. He’s someone who was told he was only going to be the fat funny guy, and he’s now written and directed a critically acclaimed indie movie. He’s also a longtime friend of Kanye, and was asked about all the controversy on Kimmel…and he gave the perfect response.

“I don’t bail on people right away,” he said. “People f–k up and do stupid stuff, but you shouldn’t bail on everybody right away. This guy has given me so much. He’s my guy…I will always be a fan.”

This perfectly sums it up. Kanye has been an inspiration to me for so long, he’s messed up and made mistakes, but in the long run, after following him for so long, I know he’s not worth giving up on.
Kanye is the reigning King of Contrarianism. When you tell him he can’t do something, he does it.
Tell Kanye he can’t rap, his first album goes double platinum in less than a year.
Tell Kanye he can’t design his own shoe, he inks a deal with the biggest shoe company in the world.
Tell Kanye he can’t design the shoe the way he wants, he goes to Adidas and reinvents the shoe game.
Tell Kanye he can’t like the confederate flag, he puts it on his tour merch.
Tell Kanye he can’t have a happy family, he gets married and has 3 kids.
Tell Kanye he shouldn’t wear a MAGA hat…he’s going to wear a MAGA hat.
Say what you want about the guy, but if you really think Kanye West isn’t going to do whatever the fuck Kanye West wants, you’re crazier than him.

 

-Message Sent With Love

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