Friday, May 24, 2024

Kanye West Rejects MLK, Malcolm X, Harriet Tubman: Certain Icons Are Too Far in the Past and Not Relate-able”


Kanye West is currently featured in two online interviews. In one, on TMZ, he discusses his love of Donald Trump and then blows up at questions.

In an online interview West has posted (and had his publicist send out) with Charlamagne the Man, Kanye rejects Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, and Harriet Tubman as “unrelate-able.” This is in counterpoint to the TMZ interview, where he asserts that “slavery is a choice.” West also talks about his stay in a mental hospital and his addiction to opioids.

All of this is fodder for the press. But two things are happening. One is, we are all guilty of watching this car crash, publicizing all this craziness. Kanye is brilliant, but crazy. We can’t get away from that. But he is also mad as a hatter. He’s just completely nuts. So these rants have to be taken in context.

Also, whatever following he had is leaving. He “released” two unfinished tracks to iTunes, Spotify and other services on Sunday. They are DOA, flops. Only of them has remained on the iTunes chart, at number 30. Otherwise, they are fragments of ideas. In the case of “Lift Yourself Up,” he took the sample without paying for it or notifying its owner.

Around 38:00 you get the beginning of Kanye on black icons.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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