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Don’t be complicit with Kanye

Adelaide Kaiser

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“I told y’all I didn’t vote, right? But if I were to have voted, I would have voted for Trump.” In November 2016, Kanye West went on a rant at his concert in San Jose, California where he endorsed then president-elect Donald Trump. A short time later, West was photographed at Trump Tower with Trump by his side. West was later hospitalized and many anti-Trump fans forgave him shortly after, blaming it on mental instability.

However, in April, West proved that this was not a one-time occurrence. In the past few weeks, West has gone on a tweeting frenzy, tweeting support for Trump. It really went downhill for West when he tweeted a selfie of him in a “Make America Great Again” hat with the caption “we got love,” and another picture of his hat, signed by Trump. He tweeted that Trump is his “brother,” and that “the mob can’t make me not love him.”

It seems that many of his fans think that this is funny, that liking Trump is just Kanye being Kanye. This is a dangerous mindset. Excusing his actions indirectly excuses all of Trump’s policies. West has a lot of new music coming out soon, and also dropped two new singles after his tweeting frenzy, so it’s important to keep in mind this could just be for publicity. Trump’s policies are detrimental to many and should not be used as promotion.

West’s extreme wealth and fame have made him completely out of touch with Americans who aren’t like him. So much time in the spotlight has left him completely stuck inside his bubble. “I don’t agree with everything Trump does. I don’t agree 100% with anyone but myself.” Besides being extremely narcissistic, West is failing to see what he is actually doing.

By promoting Trump’s views, he is furthering Trump’s messages that do not support movements like Black Lives Matter, people protected under DACA, and transgender people in the military. In the hours following West’s tweets, MAGA was trending on Twitter. West’s enormous platform–he has 28.1 million followers on Twitter–is being used to promote Trump. By using this slogan, he is showing the world that he doesn’t think that all of the disgusting, bigoted things that Trump has done are even that bad–rather, they are worth supporting.

And yet, even while all of this is about how West supports Trump, it is somehow still about West himself. When talking to radio host Ebro, West said that he asked Obama for a meeting multiple times and was declined, yet Trump agreed to meet with him. Here, West is missing the whole point! I sure hope he’s not basing his entire political philosophy over which politician cared about his celebrity the most.

I can tell that West’s fans are going to excuse this. This makes them complicit. If you continue to listen to his music, follow him on social media, or attend his concerts, you are continuing to promote the platform.

One thing that West is right about is that there is a mob mentality–so many people base their beliefs and choices on what other people care about. One of these mobs is caring about social justice. Another is liking and listening to popular music like Kanye West’s. At this point, you have to pick which mob you’re going to be a part of. I hope you choose correctly.

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