Say Hello To Your Next (Next) President Mr. Kanye West
As much as Mr. West is one to shock us, sometimes it’s nothing we necessarily didn’t expect. Following in the footsteps of none other than the likes of Michael Jackson, Madonna and Queen B, Kanye accepted the Video Vanguard Award last night at the VMA’s from none other than Taylor Swift. Kanye then proceeded into a ten-minute-long speech in which he dissected everything in his career from his early actions, and infamous first interaction with Taylor Swift, to his only fitting announcement to run for president in 2020. Now it’s our turn to dissect, what was Kanye really trying to tell us?
And like, I think about it sometimes, like, it crosses my mind a little bit like when I go to the baseball game and, like, 60,000 people boo me. It crosses my mind a little bit. Just — [applause]
Kanye began by not apologizing to Taylor, which he’s already done in the past, but more so analyzing the way his drunken behavior still affects him to this day. Kanye has with no doubt redeemed himself since he was shamed by Taylor fans (and decent humanity fans alike) in 2009 and we can’t really imagine anyone ever booing Yeezus himself these days, but stranger things have happened. However, Kanye makes an important point when recognizing that not only do celebrities know how to be loved and admired, but they know how to be hated and shamed, a much harder task than the latter.
Kanye looks at younger, less experienced, pre-fatherhood-Kanye, knowing that his ignorance was only due to a misunderstanding that others in his industry are subjected to and that is the constant need for affirmation, and the bottom line, to be liked. Mr. West openly admits to something that’s hard for everyone to confess and that is; we just want to be liked more. On a side note, he also openly questioned his interesting fashion choice of a leather shirt that year, which probably didn’t help with the Hennessy sweats.
Kanye opened the dialogue, as well as a backhanded thank you to MTV, that award shows are, in fact, the bullshit of the entertainment industry. It’s no secret that award shows are nothing short of a glorified beauty pageant, or a popularity contest on steroids, something Nicki Minaj decided to shed some shade on for us during her recent Twitter escapade. However, Kanye goes further to say that in celebrating the winners, we forget that we allow others to be considered “losers” in the aftermath.
But fuck that, bro! 2015. I will die for the art — for what I believe in — and the art ain’t always gonna be polite.
Not to go all Shakespeare on us, but Kanye stated the facts which is that he won’t be backing down anytime soon when standing up for what he believes in and what he believes is art. Art ain’t always polite and the truth ain’t always what you want to hear, but when Kanye’s talking, we’re listening.
[Drops mic and leaves stage] Well Kanye, in 2020, if we took anything from this speech, it’ll be to “Listen to the kids, bro!” and vote up. Maybe hold out on all the “bro’s” during the inauguration speech though. Just a thought.