The rapper Kanye West is known as one of the Western world's largest egotists, which is really saying something in the boastful world of rap. He's appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone in a crown of thorns, and if that wasn't obvious enough, his latest album is titled "Yeezus." In one song, he said Jesus was "the most high," but he was "a close high."
Now he's offending the Jews. In a radio interview with MTV personality Sway Calloway in New York City, he came to President Barack Obama's defense, asserting, "Black people don't have the same level of connections as Jewish people. Black people don't have the same connection as oil people." Still no comment from liberals -- except to maintain that criticism of West is driven by racism.
The Daily Beast published an article titled "In Defense of Kanye West," with the subheading "Saying Kanye West Is 'crazy' or 'childish' or 'out of control' follows the socially sanctioned belittlement and demonization of black men." In this piece, Rawiya Kameir completely sidestepped the Jewish-connections remark and stuck to the racism charge.
To sum her up: West doesn't have a problem sounding stupid. You have a problem for failing to understand his genius. Apparently, that would even include Obama, who was overheard in a 2009 interview calling West a "jackass" after the rapper grabbed the microphone away from Taylor Swift at the MTV Video Music Awards as she was making her acceptance speech, saying she didn't deserve her win.
"Kanye's public persona, or to put it more accurately, the public perception of Kanye's personhood, has largely been defined not by his so-called antics, but by white reactions to them. Because of deep-rooted, centuries-old stereotypes used to oppress black men, Kanye is the embodiment of everything America has been taught to fear and hate."
How then does this accuser explain millions of white children buying up his CDs? Weren't they "taught" to oppress instead of enrich him? This oppressed man is worth an estimated $100 million. But victimization is way too seductive to let go.
If West compares himself to Shakespeare, then he's right, and you're wrong to burst out laughing, according to Kameir. "While it's obvious to a fan why he would compare himself to Shakespeare, as he did in an interview with Sway Calloway last week, Kanye's ascension to Shakespeare-level impact is less apparent to someone to whom he is, unobservantly enough, just another rapper."
If you think "Hamlet" is an artistic achievement greater than West rapping, "I live by two words: 'F**k you, pay me,'" you are "unobservant." Insisting West sounds like he can't count to four? That's apparently racist.