You probably don’t have many post-menopausal white women in your fan base. The only reason I know who you are is because I read US Magazine on the treadmill. For that reason, I know that you sort of ruined Taylor Swifts’s big moment at the Grammys and that you are Kim Kardashian’s Baby Daddy. I also know about your interview with Ryan Seacrest, because of Yahoo News.
Yahoo News is filled each day with items that have nothing to do with my actual world, like talking dogs and the world’s largest baby, and the fact that Will Smith’s 15-year-old son has gone public with his relationship with his 16-year-old girlfriend who is the daughter of Bruce Jenner Kardashian, I try to bypass these items, in order to get to my mailbox. But each day, at least one headline accounts for me checking my mail about 30 seconds after I intended to do so.
Today, I was sucked into your interview with Ryan Seacrest, in which you blamed “classicism” for your not being able to achieve all of your goals in life. I’m not sure what “classicism” is but if it means “lack of class” I’m on board with your statement.
You also said that no one cares if Michelle Obama Instagrams a picture of herself in a bikini. I completely agree with that statement as well. We live in a pretty fucked up world, Kanye. There are few things nowadays that give me any hope for the future. But I have to say that one of them is that the American public sees the First Lady as being more than booty.
I think maybe you are confusing popular culture with culture. Most of us love something about popular culture, whether it be following fashion or sports, or picking up the latest fare from some author of international thrillers to read on the beach.
We watch reality shows and we vote for American Idols. We read everything we can about Wills and Kate. Popular culture is available to all of us. We don’t have to be talented or smart or wealthy to be fans.
Culture is something else. Culture is human intellectual achievement. It is what defines a society, the legacy we leave to the generations that will follow.