Everyone’s favourite self-professed god/Taylor Swift interruptor/person willing to marry into the Kardashian family is on the cover of GQ this month. This is what he looks like:
While this article is about Kanye, we won’t pretend that we don’t want to read about a ‘Boob-ier Tube’. Because we do.
The most interesting excerpt from the interview came when West was quizzed about his wedding speech:
What I talked about in it was the idea of celebrity, and celebrities being treated like blacks were in the ’60s, having no rights, and the fact that people can slander your name. I said that in the toast. And I had to say this in a position where I, from the art world, am marrying Kim. And how we’re going to fight to raise the respect level for celebrities so that my daughter can live a more normal life. She didn’t choose to be a celebrity. But she is. So I’m going to fight to make sure she has a better life.
“From the art world.” Oh, Kanye. Babe. Mate. This is not a Capulet-Monague arrangement. You are not from different worlds. You and Kim are both just as likely to take $10,000,000 to appear at a 16th birthday party for a sheikh’s daughter.
But we digress.
Let’s talk about comparing celebrity status to segregation laws and the civil rights movement. What a logical, well-considered analogy for Mr Yeezus to draw. <sarcasm>Because Rosa Parks definitely held her pre-wedding party at Versailles.</sarcasm>
However, we should not allow this incident to tarnish our opinions of the whole Kardashian-West clan. Remember the time Kim Kardashian spoke about actual racism, after experiencing a racial slur and becoming a mother? She said:
To be honest, before I had North, I never really gave racism or discrimination a lot of thought. It is obviously a topic that Kanye is passionate about, but I guess it was easier for me to believe that it was someone else’s battle. But recently, I’ve read and personally experienced some incidents that have sickened me and made me take notice. I realize that racism and discrimination are still alive, and just as hateful and deadly as they ever have been.
So, Kanye. In sum:
1. Your wife being called a “n—-r lover” and worrying about how your the colour of your child’s skin will affect her life = legitimate (although still kind of tenuous) opportunity to draw an analogy to the experiences of African Americans in the 1960s.
2. Your family’s (totally self-imposed and income-providing) celebrity status = not a legitimate opportunity to draw an analogy to the experiences of African Americans in the 1960s.
Glad we cleared that up.