The Internet Reacts To Kanye’s Ultra-Conservative, Deeply Unsettling New Interview
It's getting harder and harder for Kanye fans to defend him.
Late last night, Forbes published an interview with Kanye West. Although actually, maybe “interview” might be too generous. It was more like an unabashed, unfiltered ramble, in which the one-time MAGA fan raged against Planned Parenthood and declared himself an anti-Vaxxer.
Reaffirming his intention to run for President in 2020, Kanye touted a far-right platform, modelled, apparently, off the fictional country of Wakanda from Black Panther. He claimed that abortion clinics were set up by the devil, said there were chemicals in our toothpaste that distances us from God, and called Trump the first President to really get Christianity back on the table, a total lie.
Basically, it was as unpleasant and illogical a profile as Kanye fans could have ever hoped to read. And Kanye fans have been taking such a beating from their idol recently, what with his non-stop nonsense, that such a claim shouldn’t be taken lightly.
Indeed, in the hours since the interview went live, fans have taken to Twitter to share their discontent en masse.
kanye fans a week ago vs right now pic.twitter.com/pCTdCW4KYI
— sim (@nugmob) July 8, 2020
I've tweeted my Kanye take a bunch of times already, but I'll say it again: it's extremely sad that no one in his circle seems willing to get him the help he so clearly needs. But it also feels kind of gross and exploitative that outlets keep giving him a platform.
— Bonnie Stiernberg (@aahrealbonsters) July 8, 2020
to be clear- i don’t agree with kanye’s pro-life/vacc statements today. ye fans know that he is not mentally healthy right now which is sad because just a week ago it seemed he was as healthy as he had been since hospitalization. not saying that is an excuse for his statements.
— MC LOUD (@mcloud4prez) July 8, 2020
As somebody who’s bipolar, watching Kanye go on manic episode after manic episode (obviously being enabled) and then watching the public react like it’s a big joke or publicity scheme… shit is really sad and shows you how much mental health advocacy doesn’t include us
— mama medu$a (@medeucea) July 6, 2020
Kanye West made some of the most fascinating and vital music of the last 20 years and he is also a fucking idiot with a dog shit brain surrounded by malicious enablers. Both can be and are true
— Larry Fitzmaurice (@lfitzmaurice) July 8, 2020
Kanye West was truly my favorite artist…
His beats, most of his lyrics, his confidence… College Dropout was the first rap album I owned…
It is so disappointing seeing him go out like this.
Where is his circle? He needs some milk. pic.twitter.com/8EDLHBdjjy
— Nicole Tinson (@Nikki_T) July 8, 2020
Almost everyday I wake up and hope Kanye doesn’t tweet something dumb and almost everyday he proves me wrong pic.twitter.com/JZGZq9OWvx
— Andy (@ndyDiederich) July 8, 2020
YES THIS!!!! I am so fuckinf angry at Kanye for doing this this is pathetic https://t.co/doFTv5xCAL
— s (@stacwhy) July 5, 2020
i cannot tell u how angry it makes me that kanye is running for president ( backed by elon musk no less) cause it’s just essentially a vote for trump and that’s it.
— ciara (@sociaIlcues) July 5, 2020
Me having to slander Kanye after defending him for years pic.twitter.com/jIde2yYa5X
— Bolin (@colingotjokes) July 8, 2020
Kanye please it’s getting hard to defend you please Kanye
— playboi carti POP! figurine (@samuel90678901) July 8, 2020
Take down this Kanye @kanyewest political aspiration immediately. Learn from our mistakes. Our democracy is not a fucking toy or a marketing strategy. Look what we've done, allowed to happen, and get loud and angry, this is NOT to be accepted or laughed at. This is DANGEROUS.
— Willie Garson (@WillieGarson) July 5, 2020
This isn’t one of those, “Kanye is going to Kanye” things. The man is promoting far-right views, for no other reason than the whim took him.