I use to be a big Kanye West fan. However, the past few years it has been painful for me to support his behavior. Kanye has had a rough year with a lot of very public outbursts. When I saw that Jimmy Kimmel interviewed him, I had to watch the train-wreck unfold. Jimmy Kimmel talked to Kanye West last night, and Kanye acted just like Kanye. In the full interview posted on YouTube, the conversation is rambling, incoherent, and grandiose. Kimmel asked West about his mental health, President Trump, and his infamous comments on TMZ about slavery. However, the most compelling part of the entire interview was when Jimmy Kimmel made Kanye West speechless.
Kanye started the interview calm and collected. However, simple questions asked by Kimmel turned into 10-minute rambling sessions that were incoherent. Even Kimmel told him he didn’t think he could follow him.
Kimmel attempted to steer the conversation to Kanye’s support of Donald Trump. West responded with the following:
“I said it [backing Trump] right before I went to the hospital, and I expressed myself, and when I came out I had lost my confidence so I didn’t have the confidence to take on the world and the backlash. And it took me a year and a half to have the confidence to stand up and put on the hat no matter what the consequences were, and what it represented to me is not about policies, because I’m not a politician like that, but it represented overcoming fear and doing what you felt no matter what anyone said, and saying you can’t bully me, liberals can’t bully me, news can’t bully me, the hip-hop community can’t bully me. Because at that point if I’m afraid to be me I’m no longer ‘Ye. That’s what makes ‘Ye. And I actually quite enjoy when people are mad at me about certain things.”
I don’t understand most of what he said. However, I think Kanye misses the point that using a hat that supports Trump is a horrible way to clap back at his haters. Kimmel seemed to feel the same.
Minutes later he said to Kanye,
“Just in literal terms, there are families being torn apart at the border of the country–there are literally families being torn apart as a result of what this president is doing. And I think we cannot forget that whether we like his personality or not, his actions are really what matter. You so famously and so powerfully said, ‘George Bush doesn’t care about black people.’ It makes me wonder what makes you think that Donald Trump does, or any people at all?”
In a rare moment, Kanye fell silent and couldn’t answer the question.
Thank you, Jimmy!
Kanye should stop focusing on trying to make people mad. Kimmel reminded him he needs to consider his position in society. I don’t think anyone actually cares who Kanye votes for in elections. However, Kanye has stopped being an intellectual and thoughtful voice for the youth. He is a celebrity that is hell-bent on creating waves and shocking people. Over the past few years, Kanye has become a laughing stock.
Watch the full interview here:
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