To cleanse the palate, I’m not sure where he’s going with this. But it sure is turning into an interesting test of whether someone who’s mega-famous can say or do anything that might alienate literally all of his fans.
Fortunately for him, if he can’t sell albums anymore, Mrs. West is perfectly capable of providing for the household doing whatever it is that she and her family actually do.
He shared this thought in a separate interview this morning:
“That was the moment that I wanted to use Bitcoin, when I saw Harriett Tubman on the $20 bill,” he said. “It’s like when you just see all the slave movies. It’s like why do you gotta keep reminding us about slavery? Why don’t you… put Michael Jordan on the $20 bill?”
If he’d said Larry Bird, I would have concluded that he’d gone alt-right.
I think his slavery point is metaphorical, sort of. Quote: ““When you hear about slavery for 400 years. For 400 years?! That sounds like a choice. You was there for 400 years and it’s all of y’all. It’s like we’re mentally in prison. I like the word ‘prison’ because ‘slavery’ goes too direct to the idea of blacks. Slavery is to blacks as the Holocaust is to Jews. Prison is something that unites as one race, blacks and whites, that we’re the human race.” Allowing yourself to be mentally enslaved is a choice. Unless you’re also physically enslaved, in which case, ah, you’re probably going to feel mentally enslaved whether you “choose” to or not.
Kanye West, interesting guy!
Van Lathan, the TMZ staffer who goes off on him at the end of the clip, is a media star this afternoon, needless to say.