Kanye West launched an angry twitter rant on Thursday evening aimed at Jimmy Kimmel after recently being mocked by the talk show host on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Earlier this week, Jimmy Kimmel made fun of comments Kanye made during a BBC interview with Zane Lowe. The interview was then reenacted with children playing the parts of both West and Lowe. Kimmel’s ignorant and boring jokes would have possibly fallen to the wayside had Kanye not responded with multiple outraged tweets that have recently gained much publicity.
Kanye’s furious tweeting resulted in these statements, among others:
“JIMMY KIMMEL PUT YOURSELF IF MY SHOES … OH NO THAT MEANS YOU WOULD HAVE GOTTEN TOO MUCH GOOD PUSSY IN YOUR LIFE…”
“JIMMY KIMMEL IS OUT OF LINE TO TRY AND SPOOF IN ANY WAY THE FIRST PIECE OF HONEST MEDIA IN YEARS”
“SARAH SILVERMAN IS A THOUSAND TIMES FUNNIER THAN YOU AND THE WHOLE WORLD KNOWS IT”
“YOU CAN’T PUT YOURSELF IN MY SHOES. YOUR FACE LOOKS CRAZY… IS THAT FUNNY?... OR IF I HAD A KID SAY IT WOULD IT BE FUNNY???”
While these tweets may come as a comical and over emotional knee-jerk reaction to Kimmel’s joking, many people are sympathizing with Kanye’s outrage. Jimmy Kimmel distastefully mocked a serious interview, in which Kanye made some very insightful and truthful comments about his career, rap music and race. Kimmel poked fun at Kanye specifically for certain “arrogant” statements. He furthermore, illustrated his own racism and the racism which plagues media representation by having a child actor play Kanye. Infantilizing? Undoubtedly.
Frankly the fact that this skit aired on national television is appalling. Do we really live in a time when it is okay to minimize and mock the achievements of a successful black man? To infantilize him and label his statements as childish nonsense? What makes the situation even more disappointing is that Kanye’s interview has serious substance and deserves to be seen, not mocked. Certainly more people have read the tweets than seen the interview. If that’s you then here is one reason you should watch the interview and take it seriously:
In his interview Kanye had this to say regarding representation and power, “We got this new thing called classism. It’s racism’s cousin. This is what we do to hold people back. This is what we do. And we got this other thing that’s also been working for a long time when you don’t have to be racist anymore. It’s called self-hate. It works on itself. It’s like real estate of racism. Where just like that, when someone comes up and says something like, ‘I am a god,’ everybody says, ‘Who does he think he is?’ I just told you who I thought I was! A god! I just told you. That’s who I think I am. Would it have been better if I had a song that said, ‘I am a n***a? Or if I had a song that said, ‘I am a gangster’? Or if I had a song that said, ‘I am a pimp’? All those colors and patinas fit better on a person like me, right? But to say you are a god, especially when you got shipped over to the country that you’re in, and your last name is a slave owner’s. How could you say that? How could you have that mentality?”
Watch the interview and read more quotes here.