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Celebrities Unfairly Target Kanye West. It’s Time They Get Their Perspective In Check

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When Kanye West took the mic from Taylor Swift at the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) and proclaimed that Beyonce had one of the best music videos of all time, I was convinced that it was another MTV scripted “reality” moment.

That’s when celebrities started tweeting about the incident. Pink said, “Kanye West is the biggest piece of shit on earth.”  Heidi Montag went so far as to say she “saw the devil in action.” It was then that I realized MTV had not planned one of the few entertaining moments of their otherwise horrendous two and a half hour show.

When P Diddy started reading the nominees for “Best Male Video,” the crowd booed and jeered angrily at the mention of “Kanye West,” who was nominated for his video “Love Lockdown.”

T.I. was also nominated. Currently, T.I. is in jail for illegally purchasing several machine guns and silencers. When T.I. was announced as a winner the crowd cheered and roared with enthusiasm for the rapper who “couldn’t be with us tonight.” Eventually the crowd stood to their feet in a prolonged ovation.  Granted, Kanye interrupting Taylor Swift’s speech was both incredibly rude and disrespectful, but it was absolutely appalling at how loving the crowd was towards T.I., a convicted felon.

The next day the loathing feelings towards Kanye only grew exponentially. Tim McGraw told CMT Insider, “[Kanye] needs an ass whoopin’.” Later, Kelly Clarkson blogged a surprisingly vicious rant directed towards Kanye, stating “I’ve seen you do some pretty shitty things, but you just keep amazing me with your tactless, asshole ways. It’s absolutely fascinating how much I don’t like you. I like everyone. I even like my asshole ex that cheated on me over you…which is pretty odd since I don’t even know you.”

The celebrities who began to bash on Kanye seemed to forget that he ruined the VMAs for Taylor Swift and became more interested in insulting him. Their comments took on a life of their own.

Who was this man everyone seemed so hell-bent on ruining?

A proud “mama’s boy,” Kanye attended college for three semesters before dropping out to sign with Roc-A-Fella, which was reluctant to sign him because he doesn’t fit the typical rapper profile. He chooses to dress with preppy attire and never shied again from his middleclass upbringing with no pretense to gangsta ties. He encourages kids to follow through with their education. The Kanye West Foundation helps combat the severe drop problem in high schools by helping under-served students unleash their creative ability and reach their full potential by partnering with community organizations. One of Kanye’s self-described goals is “to inspire up-and-coming artists to go against the grain.”

This is the man the President chooses to call a “jackass” and radio stations ban? Kiss 95.1 in Florida announced they were removing all of Kanye’s music from their playlists. I wonder if they ever considered banning all the artists with overly violent or sexual songs, such as Lil Wayne’s provocative hit “Lollipop,” which was one of the top ten most played songs on the radio during 2008. I was reminded of how the audience did not boo, but clapped, when Wayne leaped up on stage to receive a Grammy for Best Rap Album of the Year. Wayne claims himself a member of the Bloods, the violent gang responsible for thousands of murders in Los Angeles. A red bandana hung from his jeans as he gave his Grammy speech.

Nevertheless, what upset me most was the way celebrities and other musicians were so quick to jump on the Kanye Hate-Wagon and rip him apart. True, Kanye was wrong to jump on stage (even if the show would’ve otherwise been a snoozer). Yet, here is an artist who wrote the song “Roses,” a bedside account of his experience when his grandmother was hospitalized. Kanye is one of the few artists we have today who relies on music, not image or a train wreck public life, to sell albums. His music spreads positively and Kanye is a walking example of how to have the confidence to believe in yourself.

In Greenwich Village, Kanye was willing to risk his “street cred” by standing up for gays after a consciousness-raising encounter in a clothing store. Meanwhile, all his colleagues seem passionate about is bashing him.

Musicians used to be passionate and have something to say.  None of the celebrities self-righteously piling on Kanye, “nobly” ripping him to shreds with vicious comments, are willing to take a stance on anything of political importance. They won’t risk alienating a single fan by standing up for health care or holding Congressman Joe Wilson in check after his outburst during Obama’s speech. It’s time they get their perspective in check and take a stand for what’s actually important.

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57 Comments

  1. jb Oct 4, 2009

    T.I.’s da shit

  2. aintnogossip Sep 30, 2009

    It was in the paper today after his little stunt at the vma’s, his management is telling him to go to rehab

  3. chris Sep 30, 2009

    Jem, I totally agree. Well said.

  4. Jem Sep 30, 2009

    Kanye deserved the so-called “piling on” as you described. He’s big boy of 30 or so, right? Many of these celebrities who you name know Taylor and were defending a friend and colleague, which you yourself are doing in this article on behalf of Kanye. Further, Kanye has more industry “power” than most of them, so if he chooses to be vindictive, he could do them harm, so I salute their bravery. As for Kanye’s good deeds and musical contributions — good for him, but it doesn’t change the fact that what he did wrong. The same goes for Roman Polanski. Both may have the respect of their colleagues, but as much as they deserve recognition for their achievements, they deserve to be held accountable for their wrongdoings.

  5. sgt_serious Sep 29, 2009

    i’ll tell you what is wrong here.
    1. you didnt think through your argument as well as you coul have, and i arrive at this by saying. – if you wre taylor swift, and you were to recieve an award for something you slaved over for a portion of your life, and then hav someone come up and tell you, that someone else did it uch better than you and deserved the award more. how would you feel?
    2. west’s latest song with rihanna and jay-z is a purely racist song, as west himself is a racist he obviously wronte quite a tasty verse. and do you think it is coincidence that he insulted a white girl? no, i didnt think so.
    also, have u seen oth video’s? beyonce’s snog n vid are both very boring, even if it is 3 very sexy girls dancing.
    3. just because west has dnoe some pertty ordinry things in his life instead of trying to act gangsta (btw dropping out of college is nothing top be proud of, even if u were there for a while) h still isnt a decent person, coz often there is news on him doing somethnig innapropriate.
    still, i like how u stand up for someone who honestly has little musical tallent, suer he is a poet, but not a musician.

  6. paula Sep 25, 2009

    Great article! Let’s hope that Kayne can make a great song to describe this event just like the Dixie Chicks did after the whole Bush comment:)

  7. joneser88 Sep 24, 2009

    Dude, its Kanye,he can do whatever he wants,he is an icon in his own mind,we are lucky to have him grace us with his overated crap he calls music,by far kanye is the most overated ,overhyped wannabe so-called entertainer and anyone who does not see the real idiot behingdhis pathetic persona,are probably the ones who buy his music.He probably thought that beyonce did not win because racism somehow was involved.Taylor should have told him to shove his apology,Do you really think he was the least bit sorry!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Jim Sep 25, 2009

      No, that cocky bastard isn’t sorry in the least. I think you’re right on about Kanye’s redonkulously overblown opinion of himself. I mean, what sane person would call themselves the voice of this generation?

      And I can tell you right now this generation’s voice is not one of rudeness, disrespect, or insincerity. “I’m a fan of real pop culture”… my pasty pale ass. I don’t know where the goddamn chump finds the balls to insinuate that Swift is not ‘real pop culture’ in an apology to her.

  8. David Sep 23, 2009

    OKAY, THIS IS GETTING OUT OF HAND. HE DID NOT KILL ANYONE. I REPEAT, HE DID NOT KILL ANYONE. WHEN CHRIS BROWN BEAT ON RIHANNA, HE DID NOT GET THIS MUCH HEAT FROM ANYONE. RIHANNA WAS 20 TURNING 21 WHEN THE INCIDENT HAD HAPPENED. SO HER AGE IS NOT AS FAR FROM TAYLOR SWIFTS AGE. I SEE IT AS A COLOR/ RACE ISSUE. BLACK MAN GOING UP AGAINST A YOUNG WHITE GIRL. THERES PEOPLE DYING OVER SEAS AND NO ONE IS MAKING A BIG DEAL ABOUT IT. PEOPLE ARE THREATENING TO KILL THE PRESIDENT. BUT NO BIG DEAL. THIS SHOWS HOW MUCH THE WORLD IS FUCKED UP.

    1. OBAMA!!! Sep 23, 2009

      THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT!! THAT’S WHY WE VOTED OBAMA IN! OBAMA IS GONNA GET RID OF ALL DEM WHITE FOLK!! BLACK POWER!!

      1. joneser88 Sep 24, 2009

        Thats a great idea there you racist monkey,than mexico would invade from the south and take over,because after you ran whitey out of the country all the slick monkeys like Kanye and Michael jacksons father and people like Michaek vick and jesse jackson could make sure that reperations to blacks for slavery could finally get paid and all black people are entightled to start up there own record company and become either a record promoter or a athelete on a pro sports team and every poor black person in america would get there unemployment or welfare check even if they did not deserve it.

        1. Sam Leon Sep 24, 2009

          “you racist monkey”
          Do we need more proof we’re dealing with an idiot?

          Well the fact he failed to even realize “OBAMA!!!” was being sarcastic is further evidence for the jury.

          1. Dom Sep 9, 2010

            jonser while we apreciate you leaving your cousins bed to trade response, please shut up

            r

    2. yourracismmakesmesick Sep 24, 2009

      again. i don’t think it’s about race. and as far as obama is concerned, i’m not an american, i’m british, but i’m glad he was voted in. but remember, obama is half white! he will not ‘get rid of all dem white folk’ you absolute moron. what do you think he’s gonna do? kill every white person in america? get real. he’s got his policies but i don’t reckon any of them involve any racist movements. thicko.

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