Chance The Rapper, John Legend, Questlove & More Respond to Kanye West’s Trump Tweets
Kanye West's return to Twitter has pretty much gone as he likely planned in many respects--- it has everyone talking.
Most recently, it's because of his affinity for Donald Trump. First he called into Ebro and said he loved him. Then he tweeted it.
“You don’t have to agree with Trump, but the mob can’t make me not love him,” he wrote. “He is my brother. I love everyone. I don’t agree with everything anyone does. That’s what makes us individuals. And we have the right to independent thought.”
Then he put on a bright red Make America Great hat, and well, that really set everyone off, wondering if his infamous words during Hurricane Katrina had been flipped and now apply to him: Kanye West doesn't care about black people.
All the while, Kanye took the pushback (and there was plenty) in stride. He says he's a "free thinker" and loves everyone. And, people have been chiming in—some dragging him, while some of his industry friends and peers have come to his defense.
His wife, Kim Kardashian, scolded news outlets for suggesting his behavior is linked to his past mental health issues, again throwing out the word "free thinker." Kanye also wrote that during his entire time in office, Obama did nothing for Chicago.
Chance said that he talked to Kanye two days ago and that Kanye is in a "great space" and he's just being the same Kanye he's always been and that black people are allowed to be democrats. (Sorry, Chance, but that was never really the argument in the first place). He thinks the next president will be independent. Of course, he started trending too after that, with people fretting about whether all was really lost.
Lupe Fiasco chimed in, saying, “Seen his trials and tribulations and can’t take anything away from his journey…remember this the same dude that when he speaks US Presidents respond. Don’t forget about Katrina cuz you don’t like his tweets.”
However, Janelle Monáe wasn't buying the "free thinker" argument.
“I believe in free thinking, but I don’t believe in free thinking if it’s rooted in or at the expense of the oppressed,” she said, “If your free thinking is used as fuel by oppressors to continue to oppress black people and minorities, I think it’s bullsh*t and it’s not OK, and I will speak out against it and I will think freely and tell you that I don’t agree with you.”
Oscar-winning director Jordan Peele joked that he was inspired to write Get Out 2.
John Legend, who is Kanye's longtime friend, shared Janelle's sentiment. He's long been a vocal opposer to Donald Trump and his policies, which have endangered people.
"I imagine there's some comfort in imagining a future without racism and projecting that onto the present," he wrote. "Thinking if we just deny the truth, it doesn't exist. If history is erased, we don't have to deal with its consequences. However, far too many people don't have the luxury of closing their eyes and ears. They feel it in their lives and can't act like what they see and know doesn't exist. They know their family was destroyed by deportation or incarceration. They know their loved one was denied safe harbor because of their religion. They know their son or daughter was shot because their skin color evoked fear."
Legend went on to say: "The defining trait of Trump's campaign and political profile was his embrace of white supremacy. He made it clear every time he spoke. Some serious cognitive dissonance to ignore that for the other x% you might find appealing. I guess I agree with >1% of anyone's thoughts though."
Questlove just wanted Vince Staples to say something inspirational.
Vince answered the call with this.
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