Uncommon Sense

May 4, 2018

The Kanye West Backlash

Filed under: Culture,Reason — Steve Ruis @ 9:48 am
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I don’t get it.

Kanye West stated some of his thoughts on Twitter. One of which was that he thought that if American slavery of Black Africans lasted 400 years that some “choice” was involved. Choice is always involved: slave’s choices were “obey or be whipped,” then “obey or die.”

Granted the remark was more than a little stupid, but what do we expect from Kanye West? He is hardly a public intellectual. To parse that further: he is public; he is not an intellectual.

He commented with regards to some topic or other than “he had not completed his research” and I suspect that said “research” involves reading diatribes on websites of dubious distinction. I suspect books and consultations with experts will not be involved.

Basically I am perplexed with all of the outrage over “Kanye West said something stupid.” A simple Google search shows that this was not an aberration. The blowback, however, is a little like someone being hysterical because Donald Trump uttered a lie.

9 Comments »

  1. I think he likes the attention even if being stupid is the way to do it

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    Comment by maryplumbago — May 4, 2018 @ 10:22 am | Reply

    • I understand his part … I just don’t understand the yada, yada, yada response. It is well know that guys like attention and it doesn’t matter whether it is positive or negative (I have never known a women who wanted to be “the baddest guy in town.”) My general approach in dealing with attention hounds is to ignore them.

      On Fri, May 4, 2018 at 10:23 AM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — May 4, 2018 @ 1:27 pm | Reply

      • You can actually find a woman who’s a Kanye-like attention vampire, and you don’t even need to search farther than West’s wife, Kim Kardashian.

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        Comment by List of X — May 6, 2018 @ 11:23 pm | Reply

  2. ““Sometimes people write novels and they just be so wordy and so
    self-absorbed. I am not a fan of books. I would never want a book’s
    autograph. I am a proud non-reader of books.” (Kayne West)

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    Comment by john zande — May 4, 2018 @ 10:33 am | Reply

    • But I assure you, he is a reader of non-books.

      You are so well read, John Zande!

      On Fri, May 4, 2018 at 10:33 AM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — May 4, 2018 @ 1:28 pm | Reply

  3. What’s most infuriating is The Guardian (and others) put this as one of their top headlines. The exact same process that “elevated” Trump.

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    Comment by The Pink Agendist — May 4, 2018 @ 3:04 pm | Reply

    • I guess we could complain vociferously, but they would probably interpret that as an indicator of a story that drew a lot of attention. I canceled my subscription to the Chicago Tribune, then I canceled my subscription to the NY Times. I may have to cancl my subscription to The Guardian.

      On Fri, May 4, 2018 at 3:04 PM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — May 4, 2018 @ 8:42 pm | Reply

  4. Celebrities like West are used to be the center of media attention, but now that Trump is sucking all the media oxygen, some drastic measures are required.

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    Comment by List of X — May 6, 2018 @ 11:37 pm | Reply

    • Now you’re talking! Attention Deficit Disorder, already a name for it!

      On Sun, May 6, 2018 at 11:37 PM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — May 7, 2018 @ 8:07 am | Reply


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