Should Kanye West and Kim Kardashian stay out of politics? | The Tylt
Should Kanye West and Kim Kardashian stay out of politics?
As a beloved entertainer and respected musician, people take Kanye's opinions very seriously. When asked to explain these opinions, though, Kanye doesn't seem to have any type of answer. The latest example of this was Kanye's interview with Jimmy Kimmel. Consequence of Sound explained the interaction:
[W]hen challenged by Kimmel to defend Trump’s policies, Kanye was lost for words. “You famously said George Bush doesn’t care about black people. It makes me wonder what makes you think Donald Trump does, or any people at all?” Kimmel asked, pointing to Trump’s policy of separating children at the border. Kanye sat speechless for several seconds, prompting Kimmel to go to commercial. When they returned from the break, Kimmel moved on to an entirely different topic.
In the same interview, Kanye explained that it is his right to have an opinion and to talk about it. Consequence of Sound summarizes the clip:
“Just as a musician, African-American… everyone around me tried to pick my candidate for me. And then told me every time I said I liked Trump that I couldn’t say it out loud or my career would be over,” Kanye West explained. “I’d get kicked out of the black community because blacks — we’re supposed to have a monolithic thought, we can only like, we can only be Democrats and all.” He said that it took him over a year to regain his confidence following his 2016 hospitalization, and that him wearing a MAGA hat was “overcoming fear.” He added, “Liberals can’t bully me, news can’t bully me, the hip-hop community, they can’t bully me. Because at that point, if I’m afraid to be me, I’m no longer Ye. That’s what makes Ye.”
Kim Kardashian recently joined her husband in speaking out on political topics. In June, Kardashian successfully lobbied the president to release a 63-year-old woman serving a life sentence in prison for a nonviolent crime. Per The New York Times:
Ms. Kardashian West celebrated the decision on Twitter. “BEST NEWS EVER!!!!” she wrote.
In an emailed statement, she thanked Mr. Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, for showing mercy to Ms. Johnson. “Her commutation and forthcoming release is inspirational and gives hope to so many others who are also deserving of a second chance,” Ms. Kardashian West said.
“I’m grateful to the president for allowing Alice to go home after 21.5 years in prison and to Kim Kardashian for her advocacy on Alice’s behalf,” said Jennifer Turner, a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union, which has championed Ms. Johnson’s case.
...Mr. Kushner has been advocating changes to harsh criminal justice policies against the resistance of Mr. Sessions and the Justice Department. He invited Ms. Kardashian West to the White House last week to make the case for Ms. Johnson and Mr. Trump then invited his guest to come to the Oval Office to talk to him about her.
Fans of the pair seem conflicted about their outspoken politics. After the Kimmel interview, New York Magazine music critic Craig Jenkins tweeted about his frustration with Kanye.
Kim has also recently appeared on Jimmy Kimmel. In her segment, the host pressed her for her opinion about the president. She finally responded that she had "nothing bad to say" about President Trump. Writer Lauren Rearick wrote in an op-ed for Teen Vogue:
It's not acceptable for Kim to pick and choose when she wishes to use her platform to enact change. People are watching, listening, and following everything the Kardashians do, and for a celebrity who’s regularly vocal regarding her every move, her silence on Trump’s actions comes across as a scream.