The world collectively became the blinking white man gif as we witnessed the meeting of two MAGA minds, Kanye West and Donald Trump yesterday (Oct/ 11). The fallout on social media was swift, and the tweets came in like the great flood.
Whether you believe Kanye is in need of serious help, or he is just using his big “freethinking” mind, the scene we witnessed in the Oval Office yesterday was shameful. West’s Resolute Desk pounding, expletive-spewing rant earned the Chicago rapper some strong reactions from celebs such as Diddy, T.I., Sinbad, Questlove as well as political figures and commentators who had to watch it.
While many argue we should ignore Kanye West, the case that we shouldn’t is strong. The man was in the Oval Office on national television spreading false, dangerous stereotypical ideas as facts about Black people and he needs to be corrected. We hope his wife and friends reel him in and get him the help he needs so desperately. You can see the reactions to Kanye West’s insane White House visit below.
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Kanye West says he thinks of Trump as a father. Guess who doesn’t think of Kanye as a son?— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) October 11, 2018
"It may not be good for America, but it's damn good for CBS...Man, who would have expected the ride we're all having right now? ... The money's rolling in and this is fun” - Les Moonves on Trump, 2016 pic.twitter.com/MSfe6xjOur— billy eichner (@billyeichner) October 11, 2018
and before yall start caping for false "profits"---read this here thread https://t.co/NCMzzot4jF— B.R.O.theR. ?uestion (@questlove) October 11, 2018
Just when you think we can't sink any lower, Kanye West is in the Oval Office talking to reporters. By the way, Mr. Trump, there was a really bad hurricane.— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) October 11, 2018
As I keep saying, shamelessness is a superpower and Ye has even greater reserves of it than Trump.— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) October 11, 2018
I’m not sure what “love” means as he’s using it here. And his support of Trump because Hillary didn’t make him feel strong is gross. pic.twitter.com/DOXZyq2gSa— deray (@deray) October 11, 2018
It’s good to know that while Florida is being pummeled by a storm and the dow is shitting the bed and a US “ally” beheaded a journalist that our president is having the world’s stupidest lunch with Kid Rock and Kanye West— Ike Barinholtz (@ikebarinholtz) October 11, 2018
I have daddy issues too, Kanye. Work them out on Grindr like a normal person.— Randy Rainbow (@RandyRainbow) October 11, 2018
So campaigning and spending time with a superstar rapper is inappropriate while Americans are reeling from a major storm, or....?https://t.co/13s3H4hdrx— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) October 11, 2018
If this is where Kanye wants to be, then let him be there. Quit trying to explain Kanye to us. He’s doing a pretty good job of telling us who he is and where he wants to be. Hmmmm is this where the Kardashian’s stand also. Their time time might be up also. Just saying !!! pic.twitter.com/qWXbEn1jIh— Sinbad (@sinbadbad) October 11, 2018
TONIGHT: There was a ranting lunatic in the Oval Office today, and he had to sit quietly as Kanye West did this: pic.twitter.com/1eCaLWP8cS— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) October 12, 2018
Kanye West rants in the Oval….Or maybe it was just a latter-day minstrel show. https://t.co/jt713zO7AJ— Jonathan Capehart (@CapehartJ) October 12, 2018
While Hurricane Michael decimated homes and lives, Kanye "George Bush Doesn't Care About Black People" West thought it was sooooo important to talk about alternate universes, hydrogen power and his cool hat with Trump in the Oval Office. Kanye West doesn't care about people. pic.twitter.com/CI1tgx608C— Omar Mouallem (@OmarMouallem) October 12, 2018
I don't believe that Kanye West has a mental disorder. I do believe he is marketing himself. I have no more Kanye West Tweets after this one. Focused on shit that matters in MY world. #PoPDuKe— Freddie Foxxx (@BumpyKnuckles) October 12, 2018
For those who say we should just ignore the Trumps and Kanyes of the world, I would argue that @arimelber was correct is his observation that we cannot just pretend it is not happening and consequential to our society. We need to deconstruct those messages for those who are— Michael Eric Dyson (@MichaelEDyson) October 12, 2018
taking them in uncritically. We ignored Trump because we didn’t want to feed his ego and take his run for president seriously, and he now holds the highest office in our country.— Michael Eric Dyson (@MichaelEDyson) October 12, 2018