Trump Official Implied Kanye Isnâ€™t â€˜Traditionally Americanâ€™ Enough to Play the Inauguration
Even though Donald Trump andÂ Kanye West have been â€œfriends for a long time,â€ that didnâ€™t stop a Trump official from saying Kanye wasnâ€™t traditionally American enough to perform at the inauguration on Friday.
Back when Kanye met with the president-elect at Trump Towers in December, the two men officially talked about â€œmulticultural issuesâ€ and Kanyeâ€™s prospects of a presidential run in 2024.
But we couldnâ€™t help but wonder whether Trump would also ask his friend to perform at the inauguration.
After all, it wasnâ€™t exactly like artists were chomping at the bit for the privilege.
But according to Tom Barrack, the chairman of Trumpâ€™s Inaugural Committee, Trump never asked Kanye.
â€œWe havenâ€™t asked him,â€ Tom told CNN on Tuesday. â€œ[Kanye] considers himself a friend of the president-elect, but itâ€™s not the venue.â€
And why isnâ€™t it the venue, Tom?
â€œThe venue we have for entertainment is filled out,â€ Tom continued. â€œItâ€™s perfect, itâ€™s going to be typically and traditionally American, and Kanye is a great guy but we just havenâ€™t asked him to perform.â€
Wait, you guys didnâ€™t ask Kanye to perform because the venue is â€œtypically and traditionally American?â€
But isn’t Kanye an American artist of a typically and traditionally American art form?
Wow, guessÂ thisÂ certainlyÂ isnâ€™t going to do anything to squash the rumors Trump doesnâ€™t like black people, now is it?
Besides will.i.am’s stirring rendition of Bob Marley’s “One Love,” at Obama’s 2009 inauguration, there’s never been a rapper who’s performed at a presidential inauguration. Tom Barrack’s comment sounds super racist.
There’s really no better example of “typically and traditionally American music” than hip hop, besides maybe jazz.Â Country music is a ripoff of traditional Irish sounds. Even the fifes and drums they played during Revolutionary times originated in the British Isles.
And if the issue is having family-friendly, curse-word-free entertainment, why the hell is Toby Keith, whose most popular song revolves around the line “we’ll put a boot in your ass, it’s the American way,” playing?
No wonder all your other rapper friends ditched you years ago, Donald.