For over 20 years, Kanye West has been a mainstay in Hip Hop and pop culture in America. The once shy, scrawny little kid from Atlanta has blossomed into a full-blown superstar, and he now wears his brazen attitude on his sleeve.
Fame has garnered him several luxuries in life, including the ability to play way out of his league with Kim Kardashian.
However, in recent years, it seems to also created a delusional reality for him, a reality in which Beyonce is more deserving of awards than Taylor Swift, slavery was a choice, and the most preposterous delusion of all, that he could beat Donald Trump in a popular election.
Perhaps it was his loss to Trump in the election that spawned his latest delusion? Kanye West recently told a groups of reporters at a press conference promoting his Yeezy brand that “MLK was just a mediocre activist.”
This perplexing statement was in response to being asked by a reporter if the Yeezy brand was planning on doing anything to celebrate MLK Day or to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Wes seemed annoyed, if not insulted, by the question.
The “Flashing Lights” rapper then went on to educate the crowd as to what “true activism” is. In comparing himself to MLK, he said, “I’ve sold over 20 million albums in my illustrious career. How many albums has Dr. King sold? Anyone? Anyone? I didn’t think so. The answer is zero. How can you be an effective activist if you’ve never sold any albums? I’m 20 million times the activist MLK ever was.”
The controversial statements have outraged civil rights leaders across the country. Former caucasian and NAACP chapter president Rachel Dolezal has called out Kanye for his hypocrisy, saying, “His wealth and fame have caused him to lose touch with us. He no longer understands, and therefore, can no longer sympathize with the plight of African Americans.”
West is not without his supporters, though. Recent convict Tekashi69 agrees with his claims. “Activism is all about getting results. Results are shown in numbers. I have two platinum albums. MLK has none. That’s really all you need to know.”
It is sad have far our cultural icons have dropped in quality over the years, no doubt the result of liberal values being forced upon our youth.
Hopefully, the legacy of Trump’s victory over Kanye West in the 2020 election with will trigger a shift in our zeitgeist for the better.