Has Kanye West destroyed his reputation?
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Has Kanye West destroyed his reputation?

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While some think Kanye West is planning a presidential run in 2020, others argue his political shenanigans are costing him his legacy. After showing support for President Trump, criticizing Barack Obama and proclaiming slavery was a choice–many have jumped off his bandwagon. With acclaimed projects out this year—including "Ye," skeptics debated whether or not to support him. He recently apologized for his slavery comments and for his feud with Drake, but has he ruined his reputation? 

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In May, Kanye stopped by TMZ to express his support for President Trump and argued slavery was a choice.

Kanye appeared on the show with Candace Owens where they explained "free thought" and how it can make the world a better place ... from a place of love.
During the conversation Kanye said, "When you hear about slavery for 400 years. For 400 years?! That sounds like a choice."
Van from our newsroom took great offense and fired back. Things got intense and ultimately led to a face-to-face at Van's desk.

Many praised the way TMZ's Van Lathan responded to Kanye's comments. According to CNN, Lathan said:

"And while you are making music and being an artist and living the life that you've earned by being a genius, the rest of us in society have to deal with these threats to our lives," Lathan said. "We have to deal with the marginalization that has come from the 400 years of slavery that you said, for our people, was a choice."
"Frankly, I'm disappointed, I'm appalled and, brother, I am unbelievably hurt by the fact that you have morphed into something, to me, that's not real," Lathan concluded.

Many argue nobody could have put it better than Lathan.

Maybe Childish Gambino sees where Kanye went wrong and believes in his redemption story. In his animated video for "Feels Like Summer," Gambino depicts a crying Kanye being comforted by Michelle Obama. While some praised the imagery of black women uplifting black men, others argue that it shouldn't fall on black women to uplift anyone else. Plus, folks haven't forgotten about Kanye's political controversies, arguing he needs to take responsibility for himself. 

Billboard reported:

The video's most controversial scene arrives during a dream sequence when a crying Kanye West, seen wearing a Make America Great Again hat, is being comforted by Michelle Obama.
Some of the more angry viewers saw the moment as an insult to black women, while others believed Obama represents Kanye's late mother.  
"@donaldglover Just so you know, it is not the job of Black women to heal or fix Black men. Black women do not exist to be other people's mules," @LegalSojourner, who describes herself as lawyer and black feminist, tweeted."
Twitter user @13Xum, a self-described songwriter, took a different view. "Michelle Obama comforting Kanye West in ‘Feels like Summer’ video was suppose to depict her being a mother like figure for Kanye being that Kanye seems lost in life and doesn’t have a mother," he wrote.

Kanye also squashed his beef with Drake.

But critics ain't buying Kanye's apology.

Kanye is killing the game by producing music for other artists like Kid Cudi. He dropped his new LP, "Ye," in June. While some skeptics struggled with whether or not to listen to him and support him. The album garnered praise. Listeners say the album sounds like old Kanye, and that's a good thing. 

Listen to "Ye" below via Spotify. 

But others refuse to support him at this point. Ever since Kanye started going on pro-Trump rants, many detractors have argued he's officially canceled.

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