It seems Kanye West has come along way from blurting out “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” in 2005 during a benefit-concert broadcast for Hurricane Katrina relief, because just 13 years later, he met with president Donald Trump — the same man who called blacks “lazy” and Mexicans “rapists” — praising him and calling him a hero, all while Hurricane Michael continued its destructive path.
Celebrities and news agencies have been ripping Kanye West apart since his bizarre meeting with Trump yesterday and the criticism shows no signs of stopping.
Many late night hosts, including Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon and Trevor Noah, roasted the rapper on their respective shows.
“There’s a hurricane going on,” Kimmel said. “Donald Trump is such a monumental narcissist that any famous person who puts on a red hat gets a visit and plenty of time for one-on-one.”
“The president spent the day with Kanye West and Kid Rock was there, too,” Fallon said. “Meanwhile, people down in Florida were like, ‘Don’t worry, we’ll just handle this hurricane ourselves.’”
“You know, Trump’s mouth said ‘That was impressive,’ but you could see he was thinking: ‘Is it racist if I call the cops?’” Trevor Noah said. “And I’m not a fan of this new Kanye West, but I will say I really enjoyed seeing Kanye make Trump feel the way Trump makes us feel every single day.”
News stations and publications have been even harsher on the rapper.
CNN posted an article about the meeting titled, “Kanye West is no victim; he’s a fully-grown, ignorant man-child.” In the article, he writes: “The meeting between Trump and Kanye was high-octane foolishness and one of many debasing moments in Trump’s circus-like White House,” Clane wrote. “As people are fighting for their lives while enduring Hurricane Michael, which should have been the focus this week, we instead have two fame-obsessed, thin-skinned celebrities gushing over each other.”
Crane wrote that if West was actually still living on the south side of Chicago, he wouldn’t be a fan of Trump. “His bubble of fame, money, privilege and soaking in the Calabasas air with the Kardashian clan has afforded him the privilege to be proudly ignorant,” he said. “He is largely immune to Trump’s dangerous policies.”
Crane also wrote that black people don’t need West.
“No one needs you. We need resources, not an imaginary hero,” he said. “Remember, the rapper has become a multimillionaire by creating art from black culture, but his behavior signals he clearly does not respect the culture in his ‘Make America Great Again’ hat and ‘slavery is a choice rants,’” Crane wrote. “Most importantly, if you are a rich, privileged celebrity who isn’t affected by the consequences of not voting, yours isn’t the voice we need trying to speak truth to power.”
Fox News contributor Deroy Murdock blasted CNN for their coverage of the meeting, in which one commentator called West the “the token Negro of the Trump administration.”
“These reprehensible, racist comments on CNN are typical of the Trump-hating Left,” Murdock said. “Black Americans who think for ourselves are mocked and degraded with words we last saw under Jim Crow. If President Trump had no black supporters, they would call his circle ‘lily white.’ Now, one of America’s most prominent black entertainers praises and visits the president, and he is trivialized as a ‘token’ who ‘doesn’t read.’
Candace Owens, the Director of Communications at the conservative advocacy group Turning Point USA, also criticized the “liberal-media.”
Although West has received some public support from conservative blacks like Murdock, it seems many of West’s fellow black entertainers weren’t too impressed with him.
Rapper T.I. posted a rant on his Instagram about how although it was a pleasure to collaborate with West on the 2006 song “Swagga Like Us”, he is ashamed to have ever been associated with him.
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Now I’ve been extremely patient and made it a point to not jump to any premature conclusions about Ye’& his antics… Partially due to the lessons learned from the outcome of other similar situations dealing wit my brother Wayne (which I admittedly mishandled a bit in hindsight) But now this shit is next level,futuristic Sambo,Hopping Bob, Stephen off Django ass shit Ye!!!! From what I can gather… This is the most repulsive,disgraceful, Embarrassing act of desperation & auctioning off of one’s soul to gain power I’ve ever seen. Now I recall you asking me to come with you to have this meeting and I declined (naturally)… but bro… if ain’time I would’ve been in there wit you and you behaved that spinelessly in my presence,I feel that I’d be compelled to slap de’Fuq outta you bro For the People!!! You ass kissing and boot licking on a whole new level &I refuse to associate myself with something so vile,weak,& inconsiderate to the effect this has on the greater good of ALL OUR PEOPLE!!!! I’m a true believer in “It ain’t what you do,it’s how you do it.” And this shit is regurgitating🤮! At one time it was a pleasure to work alongside you… now, I’m ashamed to have ever been associated with you. To all the people who follow Ye musically,socially, or even personally….who are confused, heartbroken, infuriated…. Let me make this clear… THIS SHIT AINT COOL!!! THIS IS A MOVE YE MADE FOR YE!!! THIS IS A PLAY TO PUT HIM IN A POSITION HE’D LIKE TO SEE HIMSELF IN…WE ARE NOT ON HIS MIND AS HE MAKES THESE COMMENTS AND DECISIONS. Don’t follow this puppet. Because as long as I’ve lived I’ve learned that it benefits a man nothing at all to gain the world,if to do so he must lose his soul. We just saw Mr.West’s Soul on auction. If you listen closely you can hear the tears of our ancestors hit the floor. All I can say is… I’ve reached my limits. This is my stop,I’m officially DONE!!!! 🖕🏽Trump & His Lil Cookie Boy. #USorELSE✊🏽