Kanye West Gets Dragged for ‘Playing Both Sides’ After Chicago Protest

by Jeremy Spirogis
Kanye West in MAGA Hat at the White House

Kanye West is making waves as soon as once more. The rapper and entrepreneur just lately attended protests in Chicago, however his activism fell on deaf ears for a lot of. Because of his previous feedback on race, and his shut relationship with President Donald Trump, West is getting dragged on social media, with many sarcastically mentioning he forgot to put on his MAGA hat to the protests.

Kanye West in MAGA Hat at the White House
Kanye West within the Oval Office of the White House in 2018 | Saul Loeb/AFP by way of Getty Images

Kanye West’s previous controversial feedback

West is a 21-time Grammy-winning recording artist with a web price of over $1 billion. But he typically results in the highlight due to his controversial remarks about race. In May 2018, the rapper visited the TMZ newsroom and urged that slavery was a alternative. 

“When you hear about slavery for 400 years …For 400 years? That sounds like a choice,” West mentioned. “You were there for 400 years and it’s all of y’all. It’s like we’re mentally imprisoned.”

Soon after, TMZ worker Van Lathan referred to as West out for his remarks and instructed him how disappointing and hurtful they have been. He additionally instructed the rapper, that along with his platform, he must be extra accountable. 

“While you are making music and being an artist and living the life that you’ve earned by being a genius, the rest of us in society have to deal with these threats to our lives,” mentioned Lathan. “We have to deal with the marginalization that’s come from the 400 years of slavery that you said for our people was a choice — Your voice is too big, you’ve gotta be responsible.”

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In a now-deleted tweet, West tried to make clear his feedback, writing, “Of course I know that slaves did not get shackled and put on a boat by free will. My point is for us to have stayed in that position even though the numbers were on our side means that we were mentally enslaved —  we can’t be mentally imprisoned for another 400 years. We need free thought now.”

He liked his MAGA hat

After President Trump was elected, West visited him within the White House sporting a pink MAGA hat. “This hat gives me a different power in a way,” he mentioned after giving the president a hug behind his desk. 

“It was something about when I put this hat on, it made me feel like Superman,” he continued. “You made a Superman. That’s my favorite superhero and [you] made a Superman cape for me.”

In an April 2020 interview with GQ Magazine, West responded to the criticism he confronted for visiting the White House and sporting the MAGA hat, which for many individuals represents hate and division. He additionally not directly implied he can be voting for Trump within the 2020 election.

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Kanye West hugs U.S. President Donald Trump within the Oval Office of the White House in 2018 | Oliver Contreras /Pool/Getty Images

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“I am the founder of a $4 billion organization, one of the most Google-searched brands on the planet, and I will not be told who I’m gonna vote on because of my color,” he mentioned. “I’m definitely voting this time, and we know who I’m voting on. And I’m not going to be told by the people around me and the people that have their agenda that my career is going to be over.”

Kanye West will get slammed for his presence at Chicago protests

Around the nation, protests have erupted over the brutal homicide of George Floyd — an unarmed black man who was killed when a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for over seven minutes. After donating $2 million to Floyd’s daughter and the households of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, West joined a Black Lives Matter rally in his hometown of Chicago.

But West’s donations and march for social justice have been met with harsh criticisms. Many took to Twitter to spotlight his previous feedback and actions. 

“Will 2M stop him from believing 400yrs slavery was a choice black people made?” one Twitter user wrote.  “A dude who sat in Oval with Trump. Kanye wore the MAGA hat. Dawg are u crazy?? We not kids. We on the frontlines getting shot & roughed up. U pull up to a protest in an SUV with bodyguards. TF!!!”

On the opposite hand, some West followers are insinuating that he’s been taking part in a long-game with the president. “The theory is that Kanye used Trump to get Kim closer to the people in power,” one Twitter user explained, “in order to get innocent black people out of prison.”

But as a result of he was standing agency along with his political affiliations as just lately as April, some questioned whether or not or not the rapper is utilizing the chance to realize recognition. One particular person even urged he is likely to be taking part in each side of the divide.

“He’s playing both sides,” the Twitter user suggested. “I don’t see this as a clever trick to get someone out of prison. It’s a trick to get the black community behind him after sucking up to Trump and calling slavery a choice. I hope I am wrong, but I do not see Kanye as an ally in the new civil rights movement.”

Some followers are giving him one other probability

West hasn’t addressed any of his intentions, then or now. But some are nonetheless giving him the good thing about the doubt, hopeful that he’s becoming a member of the motion for the suitable causes. 

“I saw a video of Kanye protesting with the people in Chicago, and the comments are really crazy,” a Twitter user shared. “It’s like y’all were taunting this man to do something and now y’all want him to go the hell home. Which is it? I’m not necessarily going to overlook Kanye’s past comments and actions, but if the goal is to get as many people to protest and donate and petition, then I’m all for him doing that.”

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