Earlier this year, rapper and Yeezy designer Kanye West shook the Twitterverse through a series of tweets, professing his love for several right-wing speakers as well as President Donald Trump. He preached of a philosophy in which he loves everyone and everything despite the decisions they make, showing off his signed “Make America Great Again” hat and praising Trump for his “independent thought.”
You don't have to agree with trump but the mob can't make me not love him. We are both dragon energy. He is my brother. I love everyone. I don't agree with everything anyone does. That's what makes us individuals. And we have the right to independent thought.
— ye (@kanyewest) April 25, 2018
West even made the controversial statement that “400 years of slavery looks like it was a choice.” His sudden right-leaning appearance on Twitter earlier this year stirred up a lot of drama and even had to be cleared up by his wife, Kim Kardashian. What we didn’t realize then, though, was that Kanye was far from finished.
Now when he spoke out about Trump… Most people (including myself) have very different feelings & opinions about this. But this is HIS opinion. I believe in people being able to have their own opinions,even if really different from mine
He never said he agrees with his politics
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) April 25, 2018
Even after receiving a solid amount of backlash by suddenly holding views against his own race, West started again with the political talk during his recent appearance on Saturday Night Live. The show was ending, his performance was over, and the credits were rolling, but West was still going. What ensued was a rant that has been heavily chastised on social media over the last week. Clad in his red “MAGA” baseball cap, West did what he does best — using cryptic language to get a powerful point across. “There’s so many times I talk to like a white person about this and they say, ‘How could you like Trump? He’s racist,’” West said from the stage. “Well, if I was concerned about racism I would’ve moved out of America a long time ago.”
From Chris Rock’s IG story, looks like Kanye gave a speech after NBC cut the SNL feed pic.twitter.com/mYpSxqbw9Z
— Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) September 30, 2018
He closed out his speech by telling the audience that “America needs to have a dialogue, not a diatribe,” which was met with a strange mix of boos and applause. Post-performance, West took to Twitter once again with even more to say in support of Donald Trump. In what may be the most controversial celebrity tweet of 2018, West posted a photo of him still sporting his “MAGA” hat, and wrote, “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 as we abolish the 13th amendment. Message sent with love.” He tweeted again shortly after in a weak attempt of clarifying, stating, “The 13th Amendment is slavery in disguise meaning it never ended. We are the solution that heals.”
There’s nothing more maddening than debating someone who doesn’t know history, doesn’t read books, and frames their myopia as virtue. The level of unapologetic conjecture I’ve encountered lately isn’t just frustrating, it’s retrogressive, unprecedented and absolutely terrifying. https://t.co/4jCFwB4T5U
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) September 30, 2018
Although his message was “sent with love,” it was not received with much love. Many people, fans and haters alike, responded with confusion and disappointment. Everyone wanted to know what West was talking about in his vague, ill-informed, anti-progressive tweet. A few celebrities even had strong words to say in response to West, including Lana Del Rey, Snoop Dogg and Chris Evans, whose tweet was a good summary of the pure shock most people felt.