I normally loathe to discuss this particular family, but this topic hits too close to home.
Mental illness of any kind is not a joke, nor it is a drama king/queen’s way of getting attention. It is a real health condition that requires support and access to medical care. Until we realize that and put in the structure needed to help those who suffer, it will never be on par with physical illness.
When the Paycheck Protection Program or PPP was enacted a few months ago, its purpose was to help America’s small business owners stay open and financially afloat during the Covid-19 pandemic.
It was not designed to give millions to large corporations whose bottom line would remain unaffected. But someone was not paying attention as to who received the money. According to a news report from this morning, Kanye West was one of the recipients of the PPP.
Now granted, the money was meant to keep his clothing line company going. While I understand that, it seems that the money was given out with little though to who actually need the loan vs. who didn’t need the loan. Who actually needed the funds was the local Mom and Pop stores, not the big companies whose profit margins have a healthy amount of zeroes attached to them.
As I see it, this is just another reason to vote you know who out in November. There was clearly little structure and little planning to ensure that the funds did not go to those who did not need it. Just like every decision this administration has made.
It’s not usual for those in the spotlight to make unusual or highly political statements. But sometimes, one of those statements can go just a little too far.
If his actions during this weekend’s season opener of Saturday Night Live were not enough to raise a few eyebrows, Kanye West made a statement on twitter in regards to abolishing the 13th Amendment.
Personally, I am not a fan of his music. But that is another topic for another blog post.
However, his comments about abolishing the 13th amendment make me wonder if he is not all there, or if he is just shooting off his mouth simply to sell more copies of his new album.
If he is not all there, then he should be receiving help. However, if this is just another publicity stunt to sell his album, then it makes me wonder if he is truly aware of the history of African-Americans in the United States. Before I go any further, I must state that I am not African-American and cannot see through the eyes/experiences of someone who is. But I am still offended never the less.
His statement bothers me for two reasons. The first reason is that he has young fans who are impressionable. The second reason is that this statement is utterly ignorant of American history. If slavery of African-Americans still existed, Kanye West, like his brethren, would be a slave. He would not be seen as a human being, but a material possession to be bought and sold at will. He would be denied all legal rights and would not even be counted as an individual when counted in the census.
There are some who use their fame for good. They want to make the world a better place. Kanye West is not one of these people.
Kanye West is as much known for his music as much as he known for shooting his mouth off.
Recently, he was on TMZ Live and stated that slavery was a choice.
While he was on the air, he made the following statement:
“You hear about slavery for 400 years. For 400 years? That sounds like a choice. Like, you was there for 400 years, and it’s all of y’all?”
I’m not African-American. I cannot and will not claim to see the world from the perspective of someone who is African-American.
However, even I know enough to know that for the entirety of human existence, slavery has never been a choice. One does not choose to be torn away from their home and family, put in chains and taken to another land thousands of miles away to work. One does not choose to be treated as less than a full human being and be denied their rights as said human being. One does not choose to live with the legacy of slavery, even though the physical chains have long since disappeared.
I could continue, but I think the Daily Show summed it up best.
In non-news, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are now married. According to the news reports, they married in a lavish ceremony that cost more than most people’s annual salaries.
Am I the only one taking bets on how long this marriage will last?
The thing that bothers me about this non news is that the new Mrs. West, should she become the ex Mrs. West in the future, can marry as many times as she likes. She may one day, if it is her prerogative, beat Elizabeth Taylor’s record for the number of times that she says I do. In contrast, there are gay couples who have been together for decades, as committed and loyal to their partners as any straight, married heterosexual couple.
And yet, they are denied the legal and social benefits of marriage simply because they are a same sex couple.
On top of this being made news, when it is not, the real news is being pushed aside. This weekend being Memorial Day weekend, the real news should be the American soldiers who have given their lives to protect this country and the freedoms we cherish. A reality star’s third trip up the aisle is not news worthy.
This will be the first and last post that I mention the new Mrs. West. I wish her well on her marriage and I hope I will see the day when all couples regardless of whether they are heterosexual or homosexual, can say I do.