Celebrity producer and performer Kanye West outraged progressives by expressing support not only for black conservative commentator Candace Owens and “the way she thinks,” but also for President Donald Trump. On Monday, radio host Ebro Darden said that West tried to contextualize his weekend tweet about Owens because he “wanted to have open dialogue,” but then said “let me just take this heat right now and maybe people will understand when I put the music out.”
West told Darden that he appreciates Owens because while “she’s challenging conventional black thought,” he is “demonized” for doing the same thing. West is a major celebrity who has over 15 million followers on Twitter and is thus a major influencer in social media. In an impromptu meeting in 2016, West showed up at Trump Tower and met then-candidate Trump. West subsequently tweeted at length about their meeting, noting "I feel it is important to have a direct line of communication with our future president if we truly want change." Most recently, on Monday, West issued a tweet that suggested that he may want to run for office in 2024.
Far right? Allow me to clarify: I believe the black community can do it without hand-outs. I believe the Democrats have strapped us to our past to prevent us from our futures. And I won’t stop fighting until all black Americans see that.
I’m not far right—I’m free. pic.twitter.com/wtqCuYPtM2
West told Darden that he is a fan of Donald Trump and claimed that he “reached out to Obama for years and couldn’t get anything done, but Trump gave me a meeting.” When Darden claimed that Trump had merely exploited the famed performer for political purposes, West said that Trump is a busy man. West said he wants to “deprogram” people so that they will “think differently than they thought before.” Moreover, West said that he is not out of touch with the public, but said he is resentful that “nobody really showed love for me” during his 2016 hospitalization for opiate addiction.
The creator of the “Dilbert” cartoon strip, Scott Adams, released a 20-minute video on social media titled “Kanye West Showed the Way to the Golden Age.” Appearing on Sunday, Adams said, “Let me tell you about the golden age.” Adams continued by saying, “Maybe you’ve noticed that the universe seems to be serving up more surprises than normal.” Among the “surprises,” Adams said that Trump’s election counted among them. “In each of these ways, what we’re seeing is things we didn’t think were possible." In a series of tweets, Kanye West released a series of segments of Adams’s video.
For Adams, the “Golden Age” is a “time when largely things are going right.” In the first segment of Adams’s video that West tweeted out, Adams said, “I think people are breaking out of their mental prisons.” He goes on to say, “People are realizing that there are things that used to hold us back, that used to limit what we could do. Much of that was psychological.” In the video, Adams panned over to a white board that was covered in inter-connected thought bubbles. Among them was a bubble with Kanye West's name that was next to another bubble featuring conservative commentator Candice Owens.
“We humans have developed a number of prisons of the mind,” Adams said, “things that we just imagine to be our limitations.” Saying how West is shaking things up, Adams said, “Kanye West, somebody who has strong credentials for being an advocate for racism... what did he tweet? He tweeted 'I like the way Candice Owens thinks,' and he ripped a hole in reality.” For someone such as West to admire someone such as Owens, Adams said, indicates that West is not hindered by a “Prison of the Mind.” Moreover, West tweeted on Monday, “We are evolving at warp speed” and "We are on the frontier of massive change. Starting from breaking out of our mental prisons."