Rapper Kanye West has caused an undeniable stir with his recent rant about politics and society. However, being a recently self-proclaimed supporter of President Donald Trump, the left has since exploded in response.
While West initially received ‘boos’ from liberals in a live audience in debunking claims of racism while advocating for President Trump, he later received backlash for a social media post which expressed controversial views regarding the thirteenth amendment which abolished slavery.
Upon Kanye nearing the end of his musical performance for which he had sported a Trump-supporting ‘Make America Great Again’ hat, the network began to roll the closing credits. However, West continued to take advantage of his stage presence even after the live airing ended.
He addressed the crowd with a politically motivated speech which explained how he had been ‘bullied’ backstage for his decision to wear the controversial red hat.
Despite West only being an entertainer, he expressed several notable points which caused many leftists in the audience to become, unsurprisingly, offended.
He expressed frustration about constantly being asked how he could possibly support a ‘racist’ president.
He then explained that democrats were the party originally responsible for racism. He continued that “Blacks weren’t always democrats. You know it’s like a plan they did, to get fathers out of the home and put them on welfare. Does anybody know about that? That’s a democratic plan.”
Also in response to President Trump being ‘racist,’ West responded in saying that “Well, if I was concerned about racism, I would have moved out of America a long time ago.”
The remaining cast of Saturday night’s SNL broadcast also stood onstage behind Kanye, “many of them rolling their eyes.”
Despite the political speech occurring after NBC had discontinued filming, several in the audience captured footage of it. Kanye West’s producer, Mike Dean, ensured that it went viral by posting it on Twitter, as did comedian Chris Rock who shared it on Instagram.
Social media users were clearly divided about West’s sudden but patriotic outburst, with some users thanking the entertainer for using his platform to express his opinions while others continued their usual attack against President Trump and his supporters.
However, West was nowhere near the end of causing controversy that evening, as he later took to Twitter to express another controversial opinion: to abolish the thirteenth amendment.
Of course, such an opinion appears initially strange coming from an African American, something which social media users immediately responded to with anger and confusion, calling him names such as ‘an uneducated fool.’
To these attacks, West responded with several follow-up tweets which explained that he did not mean that the anti-slavery amendment needs complete abolishing but rather ‘amend[ing],’ calling the thirteenth amendment “slavery in disguise.”
Yet West’s opinions toward the amendment in question also included concerns regarding prisons, as it began with the following: “this represents good and America becoming whole again. We will no longer outsource to other countries. We build factories here in America and create jobs. We will provide jobs for all who are free from prisons.”
To this, several Kanye fans defended him in saying that he was not promoting slavery by any means, but was addressing the issue of “prison labor [as being] akin to modern day slavery.”
Their reasoning likely pertains to West’s message to ‘free Hoover,’ referring to Gang Disciples founder Larry Hoover who will spend the rest of his life in prison, again making for an undeniably confusing commentary.
Despite several of West’s messages not having been taken well, he expressed on Saturday that what he desired to come from his rant was an open ‘dialog’ about President Trump and racial inequality, and that, he arguably did.
Of course, such would not be a discussion of politics without outspoken liberals’ opinions.
Singer Lana Del Rey weighed in on the controversy in saying that both President Trump and Kanye West “have extreme issues with narcissism” and claimed that West and anyone else “who believes it’s okay to grab a woman by the p***y just because he’s famous…need[s] an intervention as much as he does.”
Yet Del Rey and other democrats’ reactions to West’s opinionated speech on Saturday represent exactly what he was ranting outrage about.
The media is undeniably left, so it should be of no surprise that even a minority artist expressing conservative views would be condemned.
While Kanye West is not exactly the poster child of the republican party due to his previously portrayed image and opinions regarding President Trump, there is, admittedly, something to be said for his outspokenness which sparked discussion and expressed that there are Trump supporters who do not fit the ‘white, male’ depiction that liberals constantly claim.
KANYE SNL TALK THAT GOT CUT OFF FREEDOM OF SPEECH SHOULD HAVE EXTENDED pic.twitter.com/IpULoEJxsN
— MIKE DEAN! #MWA (@therealmikedean) September 30, 2018