Kanye West’s internet-sweeping tweets declaring his new “free-thinking” disposition placed Twitter and the rest of the digital universe at odds on Wednesday (April 25).
Things seemed to be off to a rocky start from the very beginning when the GOOD Music founder revealing that he’d parted ways with his longtime manager Scooter Braun. He then went on to champion his Yeezy shoe brand that he claimed deems him the “single highest paid person in footwear,” even over Michael Jordan’s sneaker empire. When he segued into his opinions on Trump, who he called his brother, however, his string of tweets turned for the worse.
“We are both dragon energy,” he said of the celebrity-in-office. “He is my brother. I love everyone. I don’t agree with everything anyone does.”
His sentiments were a bit unsettling for some, but not as much of the photo he posted of himself rocking the infamous symbol of Trump’s presidential tagline: a red “Make America Great Again” cap. He also had it signed by Trump himself, and received a cosign from the White House occupant himself via a retweet: “Thank you Kanye, very cool!”
Still, some of Yeezy’s closest industry mates stuck by his side amid the uproar, such as his fellow Chicago-native Chance the Rapper and Jermaine Dupri. But others have reportedly hit the unfollow button on him and are screaming, “Wake up, Mr. West!”
See who weighed in on yet another ‘Ye controversy below.
Talked to him two days ago. He’s in a great space and not affected by folk tryna question his mental or physical health. Same Ye from the Vmas, same Ye from the telethon. https://t.co/2zY3KpllV2— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) April 25, 2018
Black people don’t have to be democrats.— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) April 25, 2018
Next President gon be independent— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) April 25, 2018
My nigga Kanye talking that shit— Jermaine Dupri (@jermainedupri) April 25, 2018
Real power is creating and providing so others can provide @kanyewest said he’s hiring 160 employees at yeezy are we gonna act like that Shit is normal ?— Jermaine Dupri (@jermainedupri) April 25, 2018
The fact that @kanyewest is a 40 year old black man,heading towards being a black billionaire,based of a pure creation,none belief and passion, let’s not act like that’s normal,easy or regular— Jermaine Dupri (@jermainedupri) April 25, 2018
Can some one help me out here, since so many people are against @kanyewest why when he drop them sneakers y’all be lined the fuck up ? holding dem shits up by your ear all kinda shit lol— Jermaine Dupri (@jermainedupri) April 25, 2018
Today at 4PM @angiemartinez is sitting down with @JanelleMonae and having a conversation about @kanyewest's current endorsement of our 45th president. Tune in at https://t.co/rGGhl3O5KF pic.twitter.com/weh46dT7GJ— Power 105.1 (@Power1051) April 25, 2018
Make Kanye Black Again. https://t.co/wvKxbL2bjJ— Smi (@smino) April 25, 2018
"These are our heroes" - @nas— J. Cole (@JColeNC) April 25, 2018
I imagine there's some comfort in imagining a future without racism and projecting that onto the present. Thinking if we just deny the truth, it doesn't exist. If history is erased, we don't have to deal with its consequences. However...— John Legend (@johnlegend) April 25, 2018
Far too many people don't have the luxury of closing their eyes and ears. They feel it in their lives and can't act like what they see and know doesn't exist.— John Legend (@johnlegend) April 25, 2018
They know their family was destroyed by deportation or incarceration. They know their loved one was denied safe harbor because of their religion. They know their son or daughter was shot because their skin color evoked fear— John Legend (@johnlegend) April 25, 2018
They see the statistics about black applications for real estate or loans or employment being turned away because their name was Jamal and not James— John Legend (@johnlegend) April 25, 2018
I love that great, brilliant artists have the power to imagine a better future. But artists can't be blind to the truth.— John Legend (@johnlegend) April 25, 2018
False Idols— Jaden Smith (@officialjaden) April 25, 2018
This shit is outta control.. I’m DONE. https://t.co/fgMPPmmmik— ICE T (@FINALLEVEL) April 25, 2018
This nigga….. WTF?— ICE T (@FINALLEVEL) April 25, 2018
No @kimkardashian Kanye is not ahead of his time. I said alllll of these things during the election. I had an actual reason for it. Never once did I call trump a good person or say he deserves “love”. Y’all are aggravating the black people at the expense of dragging their outrage into more clicks/streams etc for whatever Kanye is about to drop. Outrage is internet engagement algorithm 101, y’all are not slick. Nothing at all profound, necessary or eloquent about anything your husband says. I wish you would make him read a book cover to cover before you send that black man into a world of white people with such base level theories as well as his very limited vernacular as pertaining to any of the pseudo-intellectual things he tries to say. Kanye will never be the president and you will never ever be the First Lady. Give it up sis.
(Photos from left: Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic, Kanye West/Twitter, Prince Williams/WireImage)