On Tuesday, Kanye West tweeted that he felt as though he had been used and that his voice was being appropriated for messages that he didn’t agree with. This comes after months of controversial statements from the rapper.
Some of those statements include claims that slavery was a choice and that the 14th Amendment should be abolished or changed.
Kanye West Steps Away
Tuesday Kanye tweeted: “My eyes are now wide open and now realize I’ve been used to spread messages I don’t believe in. I am distancing myself from politics and completely focusing on being creative.” This follows months of Kanye stating his respect for Donald Trump. He has been seen wearing “Make America Great Again” hats and similar statements.
This move came shortly after Candace Owens, an ultra-conservative internet personality, attached Kanye’s name to her “Blexit” push. Owens stated “Blexit [black exit from Democratic Party] is a renaissance and I’m blessed to say that this logo, these colors, were created by my dear friend and fellow superhero — Kanye West.”
Regarding the statement, Kanye offered some clarification, stating “I introduced Candace to the person who made the logo and they didn’t want their name on it. So she used mine. I never wanted any association with Blexit. I have nothing to do with it.” Well, that’s about as strong of a disavowal as you can get.
Regarding Kanye’s “actual” beliefs, in his words, his family and friends know what he’s really about. For instance, he has stated that he still supports common sense gun regulation. This is consistent for West. He has stated many times in the past that he advocates for tighter gun laws.
West then went on to reaffirm his compassion for people seeking asylum. His statements on the matter come as immigration is shaping up to be a major factor in the midterm elections. Kanye has stated that he feels for people who want to protect their children from the horrors of war.
It’s a shame that Kanye feels as though his name and voice were being misrepresented. As such, it’s understandable that he would step away from politics and focus on making music. Politics is certainly an exhausting field and we can’t blame anyone for wanting to distance themselves from it.