What was Kanye West thinking?

I usually avoid these kinds of topics. But there is a time and a place for everything. Kanye West’s rambling, incoherent diatribe that ended with “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” was the wrong time and place. I can’t believe that he would use this time of suffering to promote his own agenda. I’m sure somebody is going to come to his defense, but this just seems to be an indefensible action to me.

Somebody updated his Wikipedia topic within minutes after his statement.

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  1. #1 by Winston Smith 6079 on September 3, 2005 - 4:52 am

    “Promote his own agenda”?

    Are you serious? Is it his agenda to get help to these people? He’s just a citizen, he’s allowed to call for Bush to do more than he has. Kanye is right, it sure *seems* like Bush doesn’t care about Black people. And I don’t believe that, and Kanye likely doesn’t believe that, but what’s wrong with trying to get Bush to prove us wrong?

    What other excuse does Bush have at this point. Look around – he has made too many mistakes to just get away unscathed. It’s not politics, it’s human life. Lives that didn’t have to be lost if Bush was more competent.

    What excuse do people have in their hearts for not asking the tough questions. Kanye is right in the sense of timing, because there hasn’t been anything done after what is now 5-6 days for some people. If it takes an over the top comment, then that is what it takes. Even Matt Lauer made a comment about the fact that so many people were Black, and other white people have said that if those people were blondes – they’d be getting the help they need.

    Besides, what is Kanye’s agenda?

  2. #2 by MPH on September 3, 2005 - 1:09 pm

    These people harbor a disease of mysticism – this disease blinds them with a hatred that is nearly equivalent to that which foments inside the mind of a radical islamist. The need to blame something, anything, for their insecurities and self-loathing in the face of something they can not explain trumps all other desires.

    Emboldened by a mainstream media that has subtly hinted that racism is the root cause of this catastrophe, it is hardly surprising in an era where voices of all sorts have the loud microphone of new media to trumpet their ideas, that the crazies being heard. Those who are guided by reason, now more than ever need to step up to match and pound down the voices of the desperate, though still dangerous, mystical anti-american Left.

  3. #3 by Matt Cox on September 3, 2005 - 3:59 pm

    This was exactly the right time and place. Kanye West used what he had to tell it like it is. He’s not done it for his own agenda – surely if he wanted to do that he’d say “New Album, Late Registration – OUT NOW at all good retailers”

    He’s doing it now because people were watching and listening, and that people need to realise the truth instead of just turn a blind eye to it.

  4. #4 by Celebrity Pro on September 5, 2005 - 2:03 am

    It was bad enough he took the opportunity to push his political agenda. What made it worse was that he was dead wrong and just showed America that he’s a racist ignoramus.

    The state and local governments had been warned for over 40 years that this is what would happen if a category 4 or 5 hurricane hit the city: and…they…did…nothing…The hurricane didn’t kill people in New Orleans. The failure of a levee system under state and local control did. It was allowed to fall into disrepair while they friviously wasted away all those tax dollars from tourists and oil revenues. Much like the fabled Nero: they fiddled while the tinderbox of Rome burned.

    Don’t get me started on the lawless actions of New Orleans residents who made an already dangerous task of trying to rescue people impossible by shooting, looting, murdering and raping their fellow citizens.

    What’s gone on in New Orleans is despicable with blame flowing from the failures of the city government and the state government right down the chain to the criminal element of New Orleans. But none of that is in any way George Bush’s fault. To get on national television during a charity event to say that it was just showed Kanye West to be a moron who knew too little about what was going on to have ever opened his mouth on the subject in the first place.

  5. #5 by hurcane on September 5, 2005 - 8:36 pm

    I think we are missing the real point here. It’s not about the rightness or wrongness of what Kanye West said. He is entitled to his opinion. My complaint was when he chose to do it.

    A few years ago, Michael Moore lashed out at George Bush during the Oscars. I had no problem with this. Many celebrities in Hollywood publicize their political opinions. He had just won an award, and the focus was on him.

    However, Kanye West was not the focus of the event. The focus was supposed to be the people who are suffering from the effects of Hurricane Katrina. My greatest fear is that Kanye West angered people who were willing to help. In their anger, they may have decided to not donate. It’s sad that people would do this, but the reality is that Kanye West’s comments may have directly led to less money donated.

    This is what prompted me to ask, “What was Kanye West thinking?”

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