While some cringed when they began hearing Kanye West refer to himself as Yeezus, others have created a religion around the rapper’s alter-ego.
According to VICE.com, an anonymous group has formed a movement inspired by Kanye called Yeezianity, who say they believe “that the one who calls himself Yeezus is a divine being who has been sent by God to usher in a New Age of humanity.”
The teaching are delivered through The Church of Yeezus.
“In a lot of ways, after I created it, I reflected on it and thought that this was just a rehashing of Christianity, but just throwing Yeezus instead of Jesus,” the founder explained to VICE. “And you know what? That’s why I felt Kanye did it. He just put the name there. Jesus has all this baggage and all these connotations, and Yeezus is this new thing — and that’s why I say in the ‘Our Savior’ part of the site, ‘We don’t speak of his public persona.’ Because Yeezus is when Kanye elevates to that God-level, which I feel like we all have the potential to do. That’s why if it takes off, in the future, people would forget Kanye and his antics, and instead focus on what the message is.”
Furthermore, the founder says Kanye is held to a high regard, calling him “the most honest person in our culture.”
“He has the highest moral standards and highest integrity. He is the most creative person. And as it’s typical with creative people, he gets a lot of flack from the lower minded masses,” said the founder. “It’s not even that they don’t like him, it’s that they don’t know what he’s doing because the press gives it this negative spin all the time.”
The foundation of Yeezianity is “5 Pillars”: 1. All things created must be for the good of all; 2. No human being’s right to express themselves must ever be repressed; 3. Money is unnecessary except as a means of exchange; 4. Man possesses the power to create everything he wants and needs; 5. All human suffering exists to stimulate the creative powers of Man.
Read the full interview with the Church Of Yeezus founder at Vice.com.