Why Kanye West Blew Up At Jimmy Kimmel & Why We Should Listen
If you are hating on Kanye West after his recent twitter attack aimed at Jimmy Kimmel, you are probably a bandwagon hater. Before you get offended, give me a chance to explain I mean by that. If you disagree with the style of communication Kanye used in his tweet-outbursts, I’m right there with you. Curses and photo mockups are not going to gain anyone any points in the eyes of others. In this aspect, he did himself a disservice. His behavior puts up another barrier to people who might have tried understand his point of view had he spoken out differently. And Kayne West did have a very valid point of view. Hurling insults at Jimmy Kimmel was not the way I would have handled things, but the rage itself is valid.
I’m pretty sure just about every famous person who has had their interview sound byte presented out of context to millions of people has felt pretty enraged about it. We, the public, get pretty upset when it happens to our chosen political candidate during campaign season. If you watched and listened to the entire interview which sparked the feud, you realize Kanye was taken completely out of context in Jimmy Kimmel’s late night sketch, and you realize why it was so important to Kanye.
Before you Kanye haters roll your eyes and click the x on the tab above this article, consider a few questions. Did you come to this article to reinforce your pre-existing opinion that Kanye West is a BIG DOUCHIE BABY? Did you come to this article already strongly biased against Kanye, or with a truly open mind to learning he might not be? Why is it so easy to have such an immovable opinion on this artist? Did you watch his full BBC interview, or were the little bits and pieces you’ve heard of this story conclusive enough that there is no earthly possibility Kanye might actually be making sense?
If your answers to the above gave you pause, consider the that you have may be under the influence of the media’s bandwagon-hating effect.
I admit I too was biased against Kanye when I saw what was being reported about the feud between he and Kimmel. First I watched the Jimmy Kimmel skit, which seemed harmless enough.
Check out the video which sparked the feud:
After seeing the way Kanye attacked Kimmel on twitter in response to something so dull, I thought the the man couldn’t take a (badly acted) joke!
I of course remembered back to the VMAs a few years ago when he interrupted Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech, and how even Barrack Obama called the guy was a jackass. All this combined in my mind to support the opinion on the current situation… that he must really be a jackass!
Here are the twitter responses Kanye gave to Jimmy Kimmel following the release of the spoof posted above:
JIMMY KIMMEL IS OUT OF LINE TO TRY AND SPOOF IN ANY WAY THE FIRST PIECE OF HONEST MEDIA IN YEARS
JIMMY KIMMEL, I DON’T TAKE IT AS A JOKE…. YOU DON’T HAVE SCUM BAGS HOPPING OVER FENCES TRYING TO TAKE PICTURES OF YOUR DAUGHTER
JIMMY KIMMEL PUT YOURSELF IN MY SHOES … OH NO THAT MEANS YOU WOULD HAVE GOTTEN TOO MUCH GOOD PUSSY IN YOUR LIFE…
YOU CAN’T PUT YOURSELF IN MY SHOES. YOUR FACE LOOKS CRAZY… IS THAT FUNNY?… OR IF I HAD A KID SAY IT WOULD IT BE FUNNY???
SHOULD I DO A SPOOF ABOUT YOUR FACE OR YOU FUCKING BEN AFFLECK…#NODISRESPECTTOBENAFFLECK #ALLDISRESPECTTOJIMMYKIMMEL!!!!
I LIKE YOU, YOU KNOW ME, I WENT TO YOUR FAMILY’S WEDDING
WHO YOU MADE IT CLEAR TO ME WASN’T YOUR FAMILY WHEN I WAS ON THEN PHONE WITH YOU 5 MINUTES AGO, YOU MANIPULATIVE MEDIA MUTHERFUCKER.
SARAH SILVERMAN (Kimmel’s ex) IS A THOUSAND TIMES FUNNIER THAN YOU AND THE WHOLE WORLD KNOWS IT!!!
I’m not going to lie, these tweets had me thinking Kanye West might be borderline insane. But I dug deeper to see what was really going on. I watched and listened to his entire interview with an open mind. And I was surprised and ashamed for my quick judgement.
The video is a 4 part series. Watching only part I of the interview still left me thinking Kanye was insane! The end of the first clip ended with a grandiose statement that seemed to support that Kayne’s ego was out of control.
Kanye, in a heightened tone exclaimed of today’s rappers:
We culture, rap the new rock and roll, we culture, rap is the new rock and roll , we the rock stars, its been like that for a minute….we the real rock stars and I’m the biggest of all of em! I’m the number one rock star on the planet!
I didn’t even want to continue on watching after this, but I did. I was amazed when the second part of the interview changed my mind. It became clear that, yes, Kanye spoke of himself as one of the biggest rock stars on the planet, but not to inflate his own ego. He was trying to emphasize a point. Kanye’s goals expand beyond music into a merger of fashion and philanthropy on a massively large scale. Yet as a millionaire who can sell out stadiums around the planet like a rock star, corporations like Nike and Fendi with the money and control still have the money power to shut his visions down.
Now you think rich and famous people don’t have problems getting their own clothing lines developed. Take his wife Kim Kardashian for example. Kanye threw out some other brand examples – Lady Gaga markets cameras, for instance, but knows nothing about these. Kanye claims that cop orations have their own agenda’s, and wont work with his ideas because they extend beyond clothing. He wants to bring clothes to the general public that are designer quality and stylish for an affordable price. He believes that the way a person feels in his clothes can make him/her feel unequal to the few and the fortunate who have the Nike shoes and Fendi bags. Kanye actually wants to help of people in middle to lower classes who want to present themselves well without having to feel inferior to others because of their clothes.
Everyone has their own way of contributing, and Kanye wants to do this through his passion for clothes. He says only 20% of his time in the past 10 years has been spent on his musical career, while 80% has been devoted to fashion. He says he’s put his 10,000 hours in and knows just as much about design as those working in the industry. He’s been drawing sneakers since he was in the 4th grade. What does this have to do with anything?
Well, even with his knowledge base and worldwide fame, he was unable to get the joint venture deal he wanted with Nike. Kanye is telling us corporations do not like his idea of bringing high quality, fashionable clothes to the lower classes. Yeah, they’ll partner with him if he wants to put his name on a shoe, but they aren’t up for changing the class hierarchy of the world. Throughout his interview, Kanye uses examples like this to illuminate the idea that corporations, for whatever reason, would rather keep a wall of separation between classes. That even he, Kanye west, world’s BIGGEST rock star”, CANNOT break down this system. In other words, the world is rigged in a pretty f’ed up way.Even those at the top in fashion industry seem to want a class divide to persist.
Meanwhile the interviewer totally misses Kanye’s points. After Kanye makes this grand revelation, he asks Kanye whether ever takes time for himself outside of fashion and music. Kanye obliges with an answer about how he’s grateful that Kim has given him a family. But the reveal Kanye just made seems to get completed passed over and lost. I understand why Kanye is frustrated. The media wants to emphasize what is really not important.
Kanye gives further evidence that this corporate agenda is not limited to fashion but extends to the entertainment industry. He claims the song “New Slaves” on his album Yeezus are not single’s solely because it contains the lyric “F*ck you and your corporation.” Now if what Kanye is saying is true, the kind of power these people have is pretty scary, don’t you think?
Check out the full interviews below and keep in mind you shouldn’t stop at part 1 or you will
e, Jimmy Kimmels actions, of spewing the interview into something else is illustrating his poiint perfectly.
So to reiterate, do I support the manner in which Kanye attacked Kimmel? No. But I understand the rage and frustration he felt after a clip of his interview was twisted to make him look like a megalomaniac. Kanye was trying to deliver the public a message, and it was necessary for him to describe his success in the large but truthful terms that made him sound, at first, like an egomaniac, to illustrate the power of corporations. The media wants to make Kanye to look like a megalomaniac, and Kanye even says this is their goal. After watching the interview, it doesn’t seem the rapper is that way at all. It seems his goal is to warn us that there are forces at work keeping people down, and even he, as a huge “rock star”, cannot make the changes he wants to because of them.