John Legend Attempts a Kanye Intervention

Kanye West, left, Big Sean, and John Legend accept the award for video with a social message for “One Man Can Change the World” at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

I really don’t like thinking that I’m taking life lessons from Kanye West – or that any of us should. His tweets over the last week about Trump and freedom of thought and loving people aren’t any more wild than anything he’s tweeted or said in interviews over the course of his career, yet his peers are alleging that THESE are the tweets that show Kanye’s mentally ill.


Kanye’s friend (and noted extreme Trump hater) John Legend sent him a few texts in an attempt to help walk Kanye off the ledge of independent thought, which Kanye tweeted.

Kanye correctly identified Legend’s tactic:

“I love you John and I appreciate your thoughts. You bringing up my fans or my legacy is a tactic based on fear used to manipulate my free thought.”

He then tweeted that he only posted the text (since generally it’s bad form to post screenshots of texts on social media) to show that “there are people around me who disagree with me and who voice their opinion. I respect everyone’s opinion but I stand my ground.” After seeing his text on Twitter, Legend texted Kanye again – and this text was posted as well.

Legend tells him:

Think freely. Think with empathy and context too. Your words and actions have consequences. Much love.

And since you’re posting texts, let me add that I have a new single out haha

Before tweeting about Legend’s new single, Kanye noted his appreciation for dialogue.


Based on Kanye’s last tweets on the matter, it seems Legend’s intervention failed.

Couldn’t we all use a bit of Kanye’s advice here? So who’s doing the intervention?


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