With Kanye’s announcement of a Presidential run at the VMA’s, Donald Trump may have finally met his match. His strangle hold on the Constitutional right of free speech, his biggest marketing ploy, may finally be over.
Kanye may be the only person capable of beating him at his own game.
Remember his song, Stronger? “You should be honored by my lateness, that I would even show up to this fake shit.”
Late or not, all I have to say is, “Thank you, Yeezus!”
After the first Republican debate on Fox, 24 million viewers strong, I thought, "This dude, Trump, really has a shot."
Since then, his poll numbers have continued to grow, “Deez Nutz”, the only other name to get a modicum of press attention.
The beauty of Trump is that he says what he believes (or at least what we think he believes) without regard for others and perhaps with regard, only, for its excessive attention getting impact.
We, admittedly, find that refreshing, albeit skeevy for those of us who believe in the rights of immigrants and women.
Trump is the rich Archie Bunker of our time.
If you’re not familiar with “All in the Family,” a 1970s TV hit, Archie
was the voice of the misogynist, racist community. The development of his character was brilliant and made it more acceptable to tackle controversial issues head-on in a public arena.
Much like Trump’s run for President, it was comedic, heartbreaking and forced us to reflect on very important issues.
Now, if we only had someone other than Trump who could address those issues with a nod toward humanitarianism and constructive freedom of expression.
Cue Kanye West.
When Kanye verbally assaulted the innocent and ever-popular Taylor Swift on the 2009 VMA stage, social media went wild.
Taylor’s fans wanted to see a Kanye takedown.
Against the will of the Taylorettes, the two artists got over their differences and moved on.
Taylor presented Kanye with the 2015 VMA Vanguard award in recognition of his talent, his fearlessness and his willingness to speak (or sing or rap) his truth.
Kanye was apologetic and thoughtful, as he accepted the award. He rambled on (8 minutes or so) about the impact that his actions had on Taylor years ago, seeing her now as an artist and as a daughter. He spoke of his confusion about the concept of award shows and their ability to turn great artists into winners and losers (apparently, Justin Timberlake cried one year).
The thing about free speech is that you never know when you’re going to cross the line. Some will think that Kanye crossed the line this time (maybe JT), but if understanding, transformation and advancement are your goals, you must be willing to do so and accept the consequences.
Multiple times, Kanye has shown his ability and willingness to publicly own up to his mistakes, communicate about them (by the way, Taylor did the same with Nicki Minaj) and forge deeper relationships and partnerships.
Trump, on the other hand, is notorious for holding to his guns, displaying the utmost disrespect to any who disagree with or threaten him, and never offering an apology of any sort even after his outrageous menstrual blood comments about Fox News’ Megyn Kelly.
Emotional intelligence and talent, as displayed by Kanye, will always trump (pun intended) controversial speech.
I’m in support of a man like Kanye who encourages freedom of communication and thought, who says what he feels and thinks (making mistakes along the way), and causes, at minimum, some reflection on important social issues.
Ten years ago, when he said, “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” after Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, he experienced a lot of backlash. However, behind the scenes, many people felt the same and were happy he had the courage to say it on national television.
Let’s hope Kanye’s pledge to run was not an exaggeration, so we can collectively wish Trump our heartfelt goodbyes.
Hasta la vista, Trump!