Oh, Kanye West, when will you ever learn? More importantly, when will WE learn that the big mouth star may be a gifted artist, but he also really needs to be taught a lesson? Case in point: West has finally said something that just about trumps his "George Bush hates black people" and "I'mma let you finish" Taylor Swift tweak-outs of yesteryear. This time, I'm cringing harder than ever before. While on one of his signature rants at the Big Chill concert Saturday night, he said, "I walk through the hotel and I walk down the street, and people look at me like I'm f**king insane ... like I'm Hitler. One day the light will shine through and one day people will understand everything I ever did."
There are SO MANY ISSUES with this statement, I don't even know where to begin!!! I don't even think we can joke about how insane he is at this point. It's clear he has lost his damn mind ... and seriously stepped over the line.
If you watch the video of the incident, you can tell the audience had a problem with the remark right off the bat. A couple of snickers gave way to some "ooohhh"s and groaning.
Sure, we know he has, err, "healthy self-esteem," but where the hell does Kanye get off comparing himself to the most malicious, most hated, most nefarious dictator of the 20th century, perhaps of all time? I cannot even wrap my head around how he sees himself being treated as though he's as insane as someone who committed the horrific genocide of somewhere around ELEVEN MILLION PEOPLE. Wow, just ... wow.
When is he going to learn he has to rein it in? Do people literally have to stop buying tickets to his shows, his albums, so he figures it out that he can't mouth off like this and get away with it? I know entertainers do what they can for shock value, but comments like this Hitler one don't fall under that umbrella. It's outrageous, tasteless, and it makes me ill. It shouldn't be accepted by his producers, publicists, record company, etc., but above all, it can't be tolerated by fans. If he doesn't apologize, and if he keeps it up, I have a feeling Yeezy is headed for career suicide.
What do you think about West's Hitler remark?
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