By Staff Writer Ben Pfeffer.
Oh Kanye. How do you do it? No other person on this planet could even think to come up with what you just said.
On September 30, Kanye West tweeted a picture of himself in a “Make America Great Again” hat with the caption “this represents good and America becoming whole again. We will no longer outsource to other countries. We build factories here in America and create jobs. We will provide jobs for all who are free from prisons as we abolish the 13th amendment. Message sent with love”
Kanye just said we should abolish the 13th amendment. In case you are unaware, the 13th amendment is the one that abolished slavery. In this tweet, Kanye is saying that we get rid of the amendment that got rid of slavery.
Everybody that heard about or saw this tweet rightfully attacked Kanye for it. Kanye has said many other stupid things in the past and deserves to be criticized for each and every one of them as long as he continues to use social media to spread those ideas to millions of people.
Many people criticized Kanye for this one. One famous person to do so was Captain America actor Chris Evans. In a tweet, Evans said:
“There’s nothing more maddening than debating someone who doesn’t know history, doesn’t read books, and frames their myopia as virtue. The level of unapologetic conjecture I’ve encountered lately isn’t just frustrating, it’s retrogressive, unprecedented and absolutely terrifying.”
Chris Evans is getting a lot of hate in the replies to his tweet but… he is absolutely right. From what Kanye said in that tweet, he doesn’t know anything about history or even have much intelligence at all.
He said to abolish the 13th amendment. The things Kanye said in the context of the tweet seemed good, but then he said to abolish the abolition of slavery and it became another stupid Kanye tweet. Captain America is playing the role of Captain America in real life as well.
Another famous individual to criticize Kanye for, not the idea, but the picture that came with it (West in a Make America Great Again cap) was Lana Del Ray on Kanye’s Instagram post. In a comment on Kanye’s post, Del Ray said:
“Trump becoming our president was a loss for the country but your support of him is a loss for the culture. I can only assume you relate to his personality on some level. Delusions of Grandeur, extreme issues with narcissism — none of which would be a talking point if we weren’t speaking about the man leading our country.
If you think it’s alright to support someone who believes it’s OK to grab a woman by the pussy just because he’s famous — then you need an intervention as much as he does — something so many narcissists will never get because there just isn’t enough help for the issue. Message sent with the concern that it will never be addressed.”
Lana Del Ray is getting a lot of support in the replies to her comment. She is right as well. There are many similarities between Trump and Kanye from narcissism to delusions to thinking that they have special privileges.
However, this is not what he was trying to say. I understand what he was attempting to say now that there have been more tweets. He modified what he was saying and tweeted, “not abolish but. let’s amend the 13th amendment. We apply everyone’s opinions to our platform”
So, his initial tweet, the one that said abolish the amendment that abolished slavery, was not what he meant, but it was what everybody heard and knew about. Kanye was attempting to discuss the ‘prison slavery’ that is embedded in the 13th amendments exclusion clause.
The exclusion clause in the 13th amendment states that slavery would be allowed as a punishment for crime. Many people were unaware that this clause existed and appreciate Kanye for bringing it up. I am shocked to say this, but I agree with Kanye after this clarification of what he meant. He brought up a topic that is, for the most part, unaddressed and does need to be changed.
So, no, Kanye did not stoop to a new low and mean that he wants slavery back. The situation was a misunderstanding and, even though some people still disagree, there is much more backing to what Kanye meant… no matter how stupid he came across.
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