The Agony and the Ecstasy of Kanye West
A Fan’s Response to Kanye West
I am a huge fan of Kanye West. To the point that I often refer to him as Yesus because he is flawless, wonderful, and always right (at least in his own mind). So when a good friend of mine asked me on Facebook, “what did you think of [Kanye West’s] latest interview???” I knew I wouldn’t be able to do anything but write an essay on Kanye West and the egotistically driven torture he puts himself and and his fans through.
Here was my response on the Today Interview with Matt Lauer:
I’m conflicted. I think Bush saying it was one of the most disgusting moments of his incredibly flawed presidency is ludicrous but I do sympathize with him. I personally didn’t hear the comment as “Bush is racist”, I heard “Bush doesn’t ca…re about black people” which I think could be considered a fair assessment based on the causalities of Katrina and the response of the Federal government. I will never think because someone doesn’t care about me or my ethnic ties it automatically makes him a racist. If that were the case, I would think one could argue that black empowerment is a form of racism and every conscious black elder who preaches it is just as misguided as the KKK and their silly white sheets.
That being said, I love Kanye West as an artist. His music is thoughtful and mischievous. Heartbreaking and uplifting. However, his ego is incredibly unchecked and his natural reaction is to resort to tantrums the moment someone points out his missteps. He overreacted during that interview and he continues to overreact on Twitter. He should have said “I apologize, that was not my intent, etc, etc…” but instead he blames everyone and everything else (his PR team should be fired).
But to be honest, I’m confused anyone would be surprised. He did this with the 2007 Rolling Stones interview, he did it with the backlash from the Taylor Swift incident (even though I still agree with him), and will continue to do so throughout his career.
Kanye West is like Morrissey in certain regards. Despite being well into his 50s, Morrissey continues to play the victim even though he is often doing the victimizing (I am still shocked at Moz’s 2005 “Like you would know?” comment after Tori Amos told him “Hey man, great songs!”). Assholes can be gifted people too. Blame natural selection and bad parenting. So let’s have a toast for Kanye, Morrissey and all the other douchebags, scumbags, and jerkoffs we know who make good (or just G.O.O.D.) music.
Now playing: Kanye West – So Appalled (Ft. Jay-Z, Pusha T, Prynce Cy Hi, Swizz Beatz & The RZA)