Before conservatives blindly rush to embrace Kanye’s unusual alliance with Trump, we must not forget the singer’s previous animosity directed towards prominent Republicans, nor ignore his noticeable absence of critique during Barack Obama’s eight-year presidency. We shouldn’t overlook Kanye’s controversial “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” comments following Hurricane Katrina, nor his multiple cozy encounters with the Obama family.
West is well-known for erratic behavior, and his political inclinations appear to be whimsical at best. Some have even compared him to Trump, drawing on their shared proclivity for outrageous statements and narcissism.
It’s surely comforting to believe that celebrities have an unparalleled sense for what’s morally correct and that they lend political support only to individuals they believe will better society. Kanye, as one of the most distinguished African-American artists in the 21st century, is likely to shatter some of the left’s deep-rooted beliefs that skin color dictates political allegiance.
Nevertheless, to the Kanyes and Swifts of the world, publicity is all that matters.