Monday, May 20, 2024

Where in the World Is Kanye? Outspoken Rapper Drops off Social Media Completely, Sells $300 Sneakers at Lemonade Stands


What’s that sound? The sound of silence? It’s very quiet in Kanye land.

That’s because outspoken rapper Kanye West, who has manically posted dozen of Tweets in one hour, is off social media. Totally. Kanye hasn’t Tweeted since January 1st. His Instagram account is gone. His last Tweet, dated New Years Day, threatened that he’d be wearing his red MAGA hat from then on, all the time.

And since then, bliss.

The only news about Kanye is that to promote his latest sneaker, which starts at $300, he’s selling them at lemonade stands. He says all the proceeds will go to the National Alliance on Mental Health. That’s all the profits from sales at the pop up lemonade stands, not the profits from store bought or online sneakers. Adidas isn’t featuring Kanye’s Yeezy on their home page, but if you dig down you can find them. (The connection to the National Alliance may have been cooked up by their PR firm, SunshineSachs.)

Well, I guess Kanye is making lemonade from lemons. His shoes are not top sellers but they are collectors items for some. He never did release his “Yandhi” album. But at least he’s out of our hair, for now. And he’s not saying crazy things like “Slavery is an option.” For now.

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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