Kanye West has been pretty outspoken in the media this year about politics, the black community, and his bipolar disorder. Although many fans were angry and outraged over comments he had made in April about Donald Trump and slavery, the rapper now says he doesn’t regret the things he has said.
While appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Kanye West discussed things from Donald Trump’s presidency to the “slavery is a choice” comments he had made on TMZ. Kimmel asked West about the comments he had made and brought up how angry fans were at West for making them.
Kimmel had asked West:
People got really mad when you were — well, some people were very happy when you said you liked President Trump. Do you like, do you think he is a good president?
West, instead of answering simply, gave a complex answer saying that he wanted to stray away from what everyone wanted for him.
Just as a musician, African-American, guy out in Hollywood, all these different things, you know, everyone around me tried to pick my candidate for me, and then told me every time I said I liked Trump that I couldn’t say it out loud or my career would be over, I’d get kicked out of the black community because blacks are supposed to have a monolithic thought — we can only be Democrats and all…. And it took me a year-and-a-half to have the confidence to stand up and put on the hat.
The hat he’s speaking of is the “Make America Great Again” hat that he wore in a tweet he posted in April.
we got love pic.twitter.com/Edk0WGscp6
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 25, 2018
He continued by saying that liberals cannot bully him and wearing the hat was almost a clap-back to liberals who wanted to make choices for him.
Liberals can’t bully me, news can’t bully me, the hip-hop community, they can’t bully me. At that point, if I’m afraid to be me, I’m no longer Ye. That’s what makes Ye. I actually quite enjoy when people actually are mad at me about certain things.
When Kimmel brought up the TMZ rant that West had gone on where he said that slavery is a choice, West said:
What was awesome [about the TMZ interview] is the world got to really experience someone in a ramped-up state. And that’s when you get these comments that just shoot out, almost like Tourette’s.
He also stated that he enjoys when people are mad at him–which comes as no surprise seeing as he says things that bother people almost on a daily basis. But, when Kimmel asked West if he thinks Trump cares about black people–referring to the comments he had made in the past about George W. Bush, West fell silent.
Aside from the political conversation, West also opened up about his bipolar diagnosis and said that he doesn’t hate being bipolar.
It’s awesome. It actually drives more of how you really feel. It doesn’t do the opposite thing. I think it’s important for us to have conversations about, you know, open conversations about mental health. Especially with me being black. Because we never had therapists in the black community.
Watch the entire interview here.
People on Twitter were in awe of Jimmy Kimmel and his ability to stump West in terms of his support for Trump. Many felt as though the interview was worth it just to see West in silence at the very end.
Massive well done to Jimmy Kimmel. He just proved in less than a minute how inexcusable it is to support Trump. Kanye West was literally lost for words.pic.twitter.com/lC7jvqW0Es
— The Hummingbird 🐦 (@SaysHummingbird) August 10, 2018
Jimmy Kimmel was able to get Kanye West to open up and tell America why he loves Trump so much. Kanye West was speechless… literally! pic.twitter.com/EEW95FrCyt
— Ed Krassenstein (@EdKrassen) August 10, 2018
Jimmy Kimmel deserves an Emmy for pulling off the impossible: rendering Kanye West speechless for 7 seconds by hitting him hard on his support for Trump. pic.twitter.com/wmRQ1e7FJk
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) August 10, 2018
Jimmy Kimmel asks Kanye West to explain his alignment with Donald Trump after famously saying “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” because Trump is far worse…
Kanye has no answer.pic.twitter.com/BQqNn3NQSM
— Frederick Joseph (@FredTJoseph) August 10, 2018
Bravo @jimmykimmel. #KanyeWest is clueless. You can’t tell me if you were a black American you would have in any way felt comfortable in the middle of the Charlottesville protests. Kanye West and those “very fine people” aren’t interested in issues that impact the black community
— ♻️🇺🇸 Christopher Zullo (@ChrisJZullo) August 10, 2018
— Maurice Lofton / Morris (@oneplusmoe) August 10, 2018
Kimmel: “You famously said George Bush doesn’t care about Black people. It makes me wonder what makes you think Donald Trump does, or any people at all?”
Kanye: “……..” pic.twitter.com/xnGFTUMrU8
— Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) August 10, 2018
jimmy kimmel just fucking flamed kanye on live TV and it cut to complete silence from ye for like a solid 7 seconds
— Jacob (@TheAgeOfThanos) August 10, 2018
Others were straight up just over Kanye.
FUCK KANYE WEST. FUCK STANDING WITH KANYE WEST. FUCK ENABLING KANYE WEST. FUCK BEING SILENT ABOUT THIS GOOFY BACKWARDS SHIT. pic.twitter.com/ZmZxHd0gAq
— Ioneenknoyo (@DubJ) August 10, 2018
Kanye West doesn’t care about black people. https://t.co/YI2m4fhU1E
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) August 10, 2018
— Gcinumzi (@KGaura3) August 10, 2018
— Aaron Dodson (@aardodson) August 10, 2018
So Kanye basically just said on Jimmy Kimmel he endorsed Trump to prove to ppl that they don’t control him. Must be nice to be able to endorse someone who’s policies will hurt ppl because you’re so wealthy and entitled you know they won’t affect you…All just to prove a point.
— Mardy Marvel (@MardyMarvel) August 10, 2018