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.