Kayne: Welcome to the Sunken Place

Sophia Hogue, Sport's Editor

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Months ago, Kanye West decided to take a moment during his concert to share his political views. He exclaimed that while he didn’t vote in the 2016 election, he would have voted for Trump if he were to have voted. This sparked an uproar in both his fan base and followers of pop culture as it was such a surprise that West, an African American Man was in support of President Trump, someone who has made blatantly racist comments.

Months later, after the buzz of West’s political ideology had died down, he took to the same website that his favorite President often does to share the news: Twitter. West posted a series of tweets on how he is in full support of the current Republican President and received a majority of negative comments. Various celebrities that he was friends with, such as John Legend, attempted to talk some sense into him but the stubborn rapper wanted nothing to do with it.

The Twitter community was in an uproar of disappointment and disgust with the artist’s opinions and the way in which he chose to present his views. West posted a screenshot on Twitter of his private messages with John Legend, which angered many fans of the two artists since it was clear that those messages were private. The way in which he responded to Legend’s respectful comments also sparked rage and confusion into members of the social media site. Kanye suffered a large amount of following from people who no longer support him, and is in the public eye for only negative reasons.

A few days ago, West was interviewed on TMZ and shocked the world when he mentioned that he felt slavery was a choice, rather than the forced enslavement of millions due to racial discrimination. A reporter from TMZ felt extremely passionate about the opposing side, and respectfully told West of all the facts proving that his claim was incorrect.

TMZ’s Van Lathan stated,” I am unbelievably hurt by the fact that you have morphed into something, to me, that’s not real,” following the statement that West made regarding slavery. Lathan was highly praised on social media for standing up to the star and educating him on the matter of slavery in America.

West’s fan base has declined severely, but his comments have without a doubt placed him into the public eye. There is a saying that claims “Any publicity is good publicity”, which just might be the case here since people can’t seem to get the name Kanye West out of their mouths.

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