Kanye West is certainly a character, and has been for quite some time.
The hip hop auteur has long been on the outskirts of the genre’s culture, placing himself in whatever spot he believes will keep him ahead of the curve. To many, West’s eccentricity appears forced, as if he himself is secretly afraid of missing out on whatever the next macro-trending societal shift will be.
This has given ‘Ye the appearance of a chef who doesn’t throw one strand of spaghetti at the wall to see if it sticks. Rather, West is likely to sling the entire pot of noodles and then start all over again.
After being one of the only mainstream rap stars to support Donald Trump, Kanye is now launching a presidential bid of his own. Well, at least he says that he is.
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In fact, Kanye says a lot of things.
Kanye West’s Fourth of July declaration, via Tweet, that he was running for president lit the internet on fire, even as pundits were trying to discern how serious he was. Over the course of four rambling hours of interviews on Tuesday, the billionaire rapper turned sneaker mogul revealed:
That he’s running for president in 2020 under a new banner—the Birthday Party—with guidance from Elon Musk and an obscure vice presidential candidate he’s already chosen. “Like anything I’ve ever done in my life,” says West, “I’m doing to win.”
That he no longer supports President Trump. “I am taking the red hat off, with this interview.”
That he’s ok with siphoning off Black votes from the Democratic nominee, thus helping Trump. “I’m not denying it, I just told you. To say that the Black vote is Democratic is a form of racism and white supremacy.”
That he’s never voted in his life.
That he was sick with Covid-19 in February.
That he’s suspicious of a coronavirus vaccine, terming vaccines “the mark of the beast.”
That he believes “Planned Parenthoods have been placed inside cities by white supremacists to do the Devil’s work.”
That he envisions a White House organizational model based on the secret country of Wakanda in Black Panther.
So is this Kanye West just trolling the nation, or is this just an extra large pot of noodles being slung across the room?
West’s presidential bid has not gotten off to an efficient start, especially given just how late of a start it is, leaving many to wonder if this is just another of the rapper’s over-the-top publicity stunts.
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