While brands like Addidas, GAP and G.O.O.D. Music are severing ties with the artist formerly known as Kanye West, NFL receiver and Donda staffer Antonio Brown is defending Ye and championing him as a free thinker being held down by—uh—”the world” I guess.
People like Brown need to understand that it’s entirely possible for opposing opinions to both be popular. Kanye’s opinions aren’t original. For example, millions of (mostly white) people have said Floyd died from an overdose, not police brutality. Plenty of people share antisemitic comments constantly. All of this also constitutes “groupthink” if we’re defining the term as narratives shared by the ideological masses.
In fact, Brown himself is just a raindrop in the sea of people on social media who will blindly defend Ye no matter what he says. So, Brown is also part of “groupthink.”
Brown probably thinks he’s being a provocative “free thinker” by posting “all lives matter” to Instagram. But we’ve been listening to fragile white people shouting those words for nearly a decade in response to Black Lives Matter. It’s nothing new. It’s no more controversial than the very concept of BLM itself. It doesn’t take any measure of bravery to say it.
At the end of the day, brands don’t have to keep dealing with someone who might be bringing them negative attention. That’s not Jewish oppression, that’s just good business sense.
Still, Antonio Brown is letting it be known that he will not be “canceling” Ye.
“I remain true to the mission of Donda and our amazing staff and community,” he said. “I remain committed to bringing new ideas, experiences, and designs to our world I remain in support of the humanity that is Ye.”
These people really just love to put Yeezus up on the cross. Besides possibly mental illness, the only thing Ye is suffering from is the consequences of his own actions.