In one of the strangest moments of the strangest year ever, Kanye West decided to tell a crowd of people that he didn’t vote, but if he had, it would’ve been for Trump. Kanye West also announced that he’s running for president, because, hey, if that guy can pull it off than, jeez, who’s to say Kanye can’t.
Kanye just said if he had voted (which he didn't) he would've voted Trump. pic.twitter.com/g2HyFz6KPD— Justin Yang (@justin_yang) November 18, 2016
The consummate showman, West went on to tell his audience, “To black people, stop focusing on racism. We live in a racist country —that is a fact.” Classic rule in showbiz: When you’re losing your audience, double down on the thing they don’t like.
That’s when things started to get even crazier, and people started throwing things at Kanye, presumably tomatoes, like in a 1930s Popeye cartoon because that’s just more fun.
At this point, it definitely felt like even Kanye recognized that he was losing them — honestly, it was probably all the objects being hurled in his general direction that clued him in — so he went on to make more confusing statements.
Part of the Kanye rant where he said he's going to use a different political model in 2020 when he runs. pic.twitter.com/wmc2mLlCfg— Raptor (@RaptorJesuss) November 18, 2016
All in all, I think people got what they paid for, which is a great time, listening to some great music.
This isn't the first time Kanye hasn't recieved some real-time feedback. Last year, the crowd at a Golden State Warriors booed the rapper for just being at the game. They did, however, show some love for George Lopez, so again, everything is the weirdest always.
You may have heard that Kanye West went on Ellen Degeneres' TV show and started being Kanye. It's as if someone gave the drunk person trying to have intense conversations at a party their own TED Talk.
We don't believe that you're really sorry for the realness, Kanye. No one does. Enjoy!
Shortly after her infamous nudie-gram, a larger than life mural of Kim Kardashian's much debated picture popped up in Australia. Some people have apparently been taking pictures in front of it naked because, um, solidarity?
In similar Kardashian news, her husband Kanye has a mural of his own, also in Australia. It's a giant version of Kanye kissing Kanye, by graffiti artist, Scottie Marsh ,who posted a picture of it on his Instagram. People are apparently taking pictures kissing in front of it.
Whent he Kim mural recently got defaced it only prompted more unclothed posing with the caption proclaiming "We can't be shamed!":
Like a college student procrastinating on a project, Kanye West decided it would be interesting to his Twitter followers to post a screenshot of what he's currently listening to. But wait, what's that you say? Something Kanye West posted on Twitter backfired on him in an ironic yet predictable way? Yes, Kanye West, a man who hates Pirate Bay so much he considered suing them has Pirate Bay open in his browser and he posted it for all the internet to see.
EDM producer Deadmau5 even called him out on it.
It looks like Kanye was doing a little research into new music software and settled on pirating a copy of Xfer Records Serum. Deadmau5, who is a also a cofounder of Xfer Records, continued to mock Kanye's choice to torrent his product.
Kanye has yet to respond with a weird Twitter rant but don't worry, there's still time...
Just kidding! It happened already:
According to the original photo caption, Kim Kardashian West took her husband and daughter with her to go shopping with Chrissy Teigan and John Legend. Kanye and North decided to take a nap at the furniture store and that's when Kim took this perfectly embarrassing picture. Then, the internet picked up the photo she posted and elevated its status to greatest napping photo of all time with just a little bit of Photoshop.
NSFW Language Warning: Deadpool is rated R and so is this video.
People have been petitioning for Deadpool to host Saturday Night Live. Ryan Reynolds just posted this video explaining why that isn't going to happen. By now you may be familiar with Kanye's breakdown right before going on SNL. Kanye rants about how he was "bummed out" and also just how much more influential he is than anyone else (hint:50%).
It seems like Deadpool has something in common with Kanye West.
Rumor has it that Kanye West is $53 million in debt. Although he could probably ask Kim to make another phone app and bail him out, a fan has stepped up to plead his case. The creator of this GoFundMe campaign, Jeremy Piatt, asks everyone to give what they can to help this artist keep creating:
We must open our hearts and wallets for Kanye today. Sure he is personally rich and can buy furs and houses for his family, but without our help, the true genius of Kanye West can't be realized.
As Kanye West has told us time and time again he is the "greatest living artist and greatest artist of all time". Great artists need to be supported financially to achieve their full potential.
A lot of people have felt compelled to comment, most of them without donating.
Some of the comments are pretty spot on:
This might, literally, be the dumbest thing I've ever seen. Congratulations. You're what's wrong with the world.
via Andrew 'Stripes' Winter
Some are just painful:
I would rather pepper spray my own dickhole than give him a penny.
via Christopher Byron Sparr
But perhaps one of the best things to come out of this campaign is this lovely extended metaphor:
Kanye is like a stinky turd that just wont flush no matter how many times you crank that flusher. hes like that log that just sits across the whole in the bottom and wont go down with the water but you dont want to touch it so you just keep flushing. it smells so bad that everyone else in the house can smell it and you start to panic because its a holiday and the whole family is over so you try to find a plunger but there is none in that bathroom. Kanyes stink is so bad its going to give you post traumatic stress and require years of therapy because it just wont go away and its stench brings tears to your eyes and makes it difficult to breathe. Kenye is the turd that you cant escape. sorry Kanye im not giving you my money so that you can continue to ruin everyones family holidays. i hope someday you finally get flushed.
via CJ Gravy
Kanye may not get out of debt but the world is certainly richer because of this attempt to help him.
This magazine cover was made by Tyler the Creator as part of an increasingly ridiculous roll out of Kanye West's newest album "So Help Me God/Swish/Wave/Whatever He's Calling It Today". Rolling Stone has confirmed that it is not an upcoming cover but it seems like Kanye wants to convince them by getting support from the public.
You can call this image funny, stupid, "unauthorized", whatever you want, just don't call it fake.
Kanye West used to date Amber Rose, who later married and then divorced Wiz Khalifa. Now Kanye is married to Kim Kardashian and Khalifa is married to weed. Khalifa made a tweet about his "KK" pot, Kanye misunderstood and dragged Amber Rose into the conversation because who knows why? Amber Rose responded and gave us the best hashtag of 2016 yet: #FingersInTheBootyAssBitch. There was also much talk about pants, are you ready for your memes yet? Good.
Here's your friendly reminder that you shouldn't wear blackface on Halloween (or ever.)
A 5th grade teacher at the Chestnut Grove Elementary School in Alabama apparently didn't get this memo. He dressed up as Kanye West, complete with "Kanye for Prez 2020" sign.
Heath Morrow's wife Shannon posted the photo on Facebook with the caption: "Haha some people thought Heath was really a black man."
She's probably not laughing now.
Although the original post has been deleted, nothing is gone forever once posted on the Internet.
Sadly, instances of blackface appear every year on Halloween. Most notably, actress Julianne Hough went in blackface as "Crazy Eyes" from Orange is The New Black in 2013.
Kanye's got a golden ticket.
The rapper and his wife, Kim Kardashian, made a surprise appearance on the set of American Idol at the show's San Francisco auditions.
West was in town for a Democratic National Committee fundraiser when he stopped by for an impromptu performance.
SURPRISE! pic.twitter.com/T1RRGkIolP— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) October 11, 2015
Obviously he's not an actual contestant, but he's sure to give the show a little bump in the ratings department. Or maybe a first campaign appearance?
In an exclusive interview with Vanity Fair, Kanye West turned the 'Kanye for President in 2020' light hearted joke that was going around a few weeks ago into something shockingly close to earnestness.
It's a really long-winded diatribe in which he circles around the questions of a possible presidential run, switching topics and lines of thought like a cake-addled pedagogue.
Still, the interview makes it super clear that it's a possibility for Yeezy.
Question: "Are you still thinking of running in 2020?"
Answer: "Oh, definitely."
Here's some of what Kanye had to say:
When I run for president, I'd prefer not to run against someone. I would be like "I want to work with you." As soon as I heard [Ben] Carson speak, I tried for three weeks to get on the phone with him. I was like this is the most brilliant guy. And I think all the people running right now have something that each of the others needs. But the idea of this separation and this gladiator battle takes away from the main focus that the world needs help and the world needs all the people in a position of power or influence to come together.
He talked about when he first mentioned the prospect at last month's Video Music Awards:
And then as soon as I said that, it was like, "Wait a second, we would really be into that, because actually if you think about it, he's extremely thoughtful. Every time he's ever gotten in trouble, he was really jumping in front of a bullet for someone else. He's probably the most honest celebrity that we have." I didn't approach that because I thought it would be fun. It wasn't like, Oh, let's go rent some jet skis in Hawaii. No, the exact opposite. I sit in clubs and I'm like, Wow, I've got five years before I go and run for office and I've got a lot of research to do, I've got a lot of growing up to do. My dad has two masters degrees. My mom has a PhD, she used to work at Operation PUSH. Somehow the more and more creative I get, the closer and closer I get to who I was as a child. When I was a child, I was holding my mom's hand at Operation PUSH. I think it's time.
He discussed whether he would have to give up his design and his music if the American people voted him in office:
think about that. Because it's so therapeutic for me to sit and work for seven days. We work on the collection year-round, every day to the office, we have an amazing team, but then you have that seven days before the show where you just really, really don't sleep. . . . I have to stay creative. The whole point is to have someone [in office] that's creative, that's around amazing creatives. This is my theory: I think the world can be helped through design, so it's very important that I stay around creative, forward thinkers. It's very important that I continue to design, to be in practice of trying to make the best decisions possible. I hate politics. I'm not a politician at all. I care about the truth and I just care about human beings. I just want everyone to win, that's all I can say, and I think we can. . . .
Good luck, Ye.
Kanye West brought his usual flair for drama and surprise to this year's fall New York Fashion Week.
He announced on Monday that he would hold a previously unscheduled showing of his next line, Yeezy Season 2, on Sept. 16.
And now that the Internet has seen that it's beige instead of black, people are beginning to find resemblances.
It's easy to forget that insane people like David Blaine exist sometimes. Then, he uploads a video of him doing insane stuff, freaking out celebrities and you remember that the world has some straight up nonsense going down.
Blaine released a 2013 video of him performing the same trick for Will Smith's entire family, the Breaking Bad team of Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul and, in an unexpected pairing, the duo of Kanye West and Woody Harrelson.
It turns into a bonkers stunt, made all the better by the various reactions, none more charming than good ol' Aaron Paul.
Woody had the best line of the video, though. He lost his erection entirely.
With Miley Cyrus hosting the VMAs yesterday, there was no question that this would be one crazy show. But the most shocking moment last night came from Yeezus himself.
After accepting the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, and in classic mic drop fashion, Kanye West informed the world that he plans to run for President in 2020.
"It's about ideas, bro. New ideas. People with ideas. People who believe in truth," he said. "And yes, as you probably could have guessed by this moment, I have decided in 2020 to run for president."
Obviously the Internet freaked out.
I hear Kanye was incoherent, random, and high on his own ego in announcing his run for President. Don't knock it. It works for Trump.— Ramez Naam (@ramez) August 31, 2015
Could it be? Kanye/Swift 2020?
We'd also have to deal with this...so maybe not.