A few days ago, I speculated on how Kanye West was ever going to top his increasingly odd publicity stunts, as the date for his new album drop shifts closer.
Kanye has always understood that the mere mention of Donald Trump warrants free publicity, more so if you throw out a controversial political viewpoint. So, after appeared on SNL wearing a MAGA hat, Kanye upped the ante by calling for the abolishment of the 13th Amendment, which happens to be the one that abolished slavery.
Later, Kanye clarified his statement, claiming he really wanted to amend the amendment, rather than outright abolish. Whoops. For a talented wordsmith, Kanye sure has trouble stringing a sentence together without “accidentally” attracting controversy.
Today, the insanity bar was raised again, as Kanye entered the White House and achieved the impossible – he stole the spotlight from Trump, for a full eight minutes (watch his meandering speech here, it’s quite a ride).
Kanye’s speech pattern is strangely familiar; he stitches unrelated topics together without reaching a conclusion, allowing his thoughts to spew out, unfiltered. The rant was weirdly evocative of one of Trump’s rambling rally speeches; the two eccentric individuals really are kindred spirits.
Throughout the speech, Kanye revealed that he was unimpressed by Hillary’s “I’m with her” slogan, which he attributed to growing up without a father and craving “male energy,” and claimed that putting on the red MAGA hat makes him feel “like Superman.”
Essentially, Kanye seemed to be indicating that Trump is something of a father figure, one who inspired him to embrace conservatism, Jordan Peterson-style.
Kanye then showed Trump a picture of a hydrogen-powered “iPlane” that he believes should replace Air Force One (the picture is reportedly a 2012 concept drawing from an industrial designer, and doesn’t actually exist). At one point, Kanye even jumped up and hugged the president, repeatedly proclaiming “I love this guy right here.” Trump responded with a bemused pat on the back, and said: “That’s really nice.”
The most amusing part of the surreal speech was Trump’s facial expression; whenever the camera focused on the president, he looked bored, maybe even annoyed. I don’t think anybody was more confused by today’s meeting than Donald Trump.
But Kanye got what he wanted, to attract some of that “dragon energy” and draw Trump’s spotlight to himself. Now, people are falling over themselves to praise, condemn, or simply laugh at the bizarre meeting.
There’s even a debate raging over whether Kanye is severely mentally ill (which I think is outrageously patronizing). But, that conversation is attracting even more controversy, ever more attention and anger.
If Kanye were to release his album tonight, he might just “break the internet,” harder than Kim Kardashian’s rear end ever could.