So, yesterday Kanye was on Ellen. I didn’t see it until 4:30 this morning because, well, life – but I was a little bit disappointed. I had read all of these headlines about how crazy he acted and how little sense he made and all this hubub about how confused people were, but I have to admit, I wasn’t confused at all. I was confused at the confusion but not at what Kanye said. I mean, I’ll agree that until he went on his “rant” he seemed like he was definitely on something. And, to be fair, I also caught myself wondering a couple different times why you would go on a talk show if you were going to give one word answers and act like you didn’t want to be there, but his rant made sense to me (though, let’s be real, he was definitely on something). I don’t think he’s the next Jesus or anything – but I did kind of get what he was saying and I don’t think it was just because it 4:30 in the morning and I was delirious either.
I think most people are ragging on it because we’re human and Kanye, generally, acts like a really shitty human being most of the time. But there are things we can take from him in that moment that would ironically make us a better people as a whole and because I’m so bother that SO many people seemed confused, I give you the following quotes.
- “Fuck the papparzzi and whatever perception you have of me.” I’m not even famous but LEGIT point. SUPER LEGIT.
- “I don’t take the Oscars as a joke.” He’s right. Racism isn’t funny but it’s still very real. I’ve said it before, biased hate is a very real issue in this country right now. Awareness is never ever a bad thing. And while Kanye often walks a fine line between coming off as racist and fighting racism, he’s not all wrong here.
- “We got a hundred years here. We’re one race, the human race – one civilization. We’re a blip in the existence of the universe and we’re constantly trying to pull each other down. Not doing things to help each other.” If anyone else said that – people would be applauding. There would be no question they were right. Because he is right. We are one race. We are in the midst of a presidential race in which the leading GOP candidate is a racist, sexist, disgusting, literal piece of poop. Which leads me to my next point…
- “Picasso is dead. Steve Jobs is dead. Walt Disney is dead. Name somebody living that you can name in the same breath as them.” Artists make a difference, they move us forward and they’re seldom normally sound individuals and right now, considering Donald Trump is going to be the presidential candidate, we need more artists, more influencers, more people to spark our imaginations, to fuel the movement that we need most in this country right now which is, to Kanye’s point, a movement in humanity and love and acceptance. I don’t think Kanye is that person but who knows, he seems pretty passionate to me – he also needs a better publicist and maybe a “translator”…but, you know…
- “I can make things better through my skill set…I see the importance and the value of everyone being able to experience a more beautiful life. It’s funny, I’ll sit there with Obama and Leo’s talking about the environment and I’m talking about clothes and everyone looks at me looks at me like that’s not important or something. But I remember going to school like in fifth grade and wanting to have a cool outfit. I called the head of Payless and said, “I want to work with you…I want to take away bullying.”‘ Being passionate about something and making an effort, a real effort and having good intentions and continuing to fight the good fight to better another person’s life? That’s not a bad thing. Outside of the box solutions are important. When you’re a child, those moments much like the one he describes, are the moments that mold you and sometimes the moments that break you and sadly, they’re often out of their control. He wants to make a child’s life out there a little easier, even if it is just one day – I can respect that.
Am I Kanye fan? No, and that’s what’s so disheartening about all of the negative press and condescending conversation around his Ellen appearance. I’m not a fan of his, I’ve never really liked him since he pulled the douche bag moment of the century and yanked the microphone away from a young girl relishing in her own success that had absolutely nothing to do with him (yes, I’m talking about my girl TayTay – never forget) – and maybe all of this is just karmic retribution – but he does make a good point overall. We could all stand to be a little more open, a little less judgmental, a little bit kinder, a little more apt to find the good in people and work a little bit harder to pay it forward.
I mean, we could, right? If it wasn’t Kanye who had said these things, would you feel differently?
You can watch it here.
Have a great weekend! And as Ellen would say, be kind to one another.