Kanye West Is Not a Victim

Kanye "Ye" West discusses controversy over anti-Semitic remarks on Timcast (Credit: Tim Pool)
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Now I know how Michael Corleone felt. Just when I thought I was done writing about rapper Kanye West, “they pull me back in.”

The artist, who now goes by the name “Ye,” made an explosive, albeit short, appearance on Timcast with host Tim Pool. Joining Ye were white nationalist Nick Fuentes and right-wing personality Milo Yiannopoulos.

The focus of the conversation was supposed to be the trio’s dinner with former President Donald Trump, which ignited yet another controversy. Leftists in the media pounced, slamming the former president for dining with a white nationalist. Trump later took to Truth Social to explain that he did not know who Fuentes was and that Ye had brought him along unexpectedly. The rapper’s recent anti-Semitic comments were another elephant in that room that Pool sought to address.

Pool attempted to start the show as he typically does: by talking about the news of the day. But Ye wanted to discuss the anti-Semitism controversy from the jump, claiming an unspecified “they” wished to put him in jail and were trying to attack him financially. At first, he did not specify who “they” were but pointed out that former President Barack Obama was influenced by his chief of staff, Rahm Emmanuel, who is Jewish. He then noted that Trump was influenced by his son-in-law Jared Kushner, who is also Jewish.

At this point, Pool gave some pushback, challenging the rapper for using these two Jewish individuals to paint an entire ethnic group in a negative light. Ye continued until Pool acknowledged that “They’ve been extremely unfair to you.” Ye retorted: “Who is ‘they’ though? We can’t say who ‘they’ is, can we?”

Pool clarified, noting that he was referring to the “corporate press” and that he does not use the term “they” in the same way as Ye and the other two guests. It was at this point that Fuentes chimed in, saying, “It is them, though, isn’t it?”

When Pool began to respond to Fuentes, Ye stood up and stormed out of the room. Yiannopoulos and Fuentes followed. Later, members of Pool’s staff walk out to talk to Ye and try to persuade him to come back inside to finish the conversation. Nevertheless, Ye refused to return, and the interview was concluded.

Naturally, Twitter was abuzz with debate last night over the fiasco, with some coming to Ye’s defense and others calling the rapper out for not being able to handle even the mild pushback coming from Pool.

Conservative commentator Anthony Brian Logan chided Ye for walking off of the show:

LOL. People really think Kanye is prepared to run for political office when he can’t even handle Tim Pool? Imagine him on a debate stage with real politicians. They’d tear him apart.

Rapper and right-wing YouTube personality An0maly defended Ye and lashed out at Pool for being “condescending.” He tweeted:

Tim Pool talks to everyone in a very condescending fashion & Kanye West has super light, sensitive energy. Kanye is all soul. Tim has no soul.

It’s a bad mix up.

Breitbart News’ Joel Pollack summed up the situation nicely, noting that it was an example of free speech at work:

Today was a win for free speech (thanks @Timcast) and the ideals of @AndrewBreitbart: more speech, not less. Cancel culture is failure. Debate is the answer. Fools will expose themselves when confronted by fair questions. cc: @elonmusk

I watched the brouhaha last night, and from where I sit, there is no way to pretend that Ye was in the right. Pool took the conversation where the rapper wanted, and after pushing back, Ye decided he couldn’t handle it and walked off the set.

It really is that simple.

At one point, Ye attempted to make Pool look like a hypocrite for chiding the rapper for equating all Jews with the ones who mistreated him in business deals. He pointed out that Pool once said Ye might be good for getting the black vote, which in Ye’s mind, is essentially the same thing.

It’s a silly, childish argument. Anyone with a brain bigger than a grain of sand can see that there is a huge difference between pretending that bad behavior committed by individual Jews somehow indicates most or all people of that ethnicity/religious belief are also wicked and discussing voting patterns among a particular demographic.

Black Americans, along with other groups in America, have different reasons for voting as they do and different strategies are required to win them over. The same holds true for Asians, Latinos, farmers, blue-collar workers, etc. But the notion that the actions of a few individuals who happen to be Jewish somehow indicate that the entire group is evil is just as odious as claiming black people are violent because a small percentage of the black population commits violent crimes.

Ye is currently “running for president.” Yes, I put that in quotations because I don’t believe for a second he is planning to run a serious campaign. From where I sit, this is nothing more than another effort to get attention. I agree that, in several instances, the media and Ye’s critics have not been fair to him. Indeed, I’ve said before that if he had never put on the red hat and expressed support for Trump, this controversy wouldn’t be as big a deal as it has become.

But if Ye was tired of having to answer questions about his anti-Semitic remarks, then he should have communicated more effectively. In the end, Ye is not a victim. This is a situation of his own creation. Hopefully, he can do what it takes to get out of it.


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