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Kanye West: Confederate flag is my flag now
« on: November 01, 2013, 04:33:03 pm »
http://www.today.com/entertainment/kanye-west-confederate-flag-my-flag-now-8C11493378?lite&lite=obnetwork

Kanye West: Confederate flag is 'my flag now'
Gael Fashingbauer Cooper TODAY

Oct. 29, 2013 at 7:35 PM ET

Some of the shirts and tote bags Kanye West is selling bear the Confederate flag, long a controversial racially charged symbol. When asked about the flag merchandise on Los Angeles' 97.1 AMP Radio on Monday, West had a novel answer.

"You know the Confederate flag represented slavery in a way," he said. "So I made the song 'New Slaves' (on his new album, 'Yeezus'). I took the Confederate flag and made it my flag. It's my flag now. Now what you going to do?"

Kanye West On Co-opting The Confederate Flag, Miley Twerking & His Soccer Dad Aspirations Pt. 3


West's merchandise is available at concerts as well as at a temporary West Hollywood shop located next door to Dash, the boutique owned by his fiancee, Kim Kardashian, and her sisters. "(The merchandise) is super, like, 'hood and super white-boy approved at the same time," West said on the air.

West also spoke about his infamous 2009 MTV Video Music Awards incident, where he grabbed Taylor Swift's trophy for best female video and proclaimed it should've gone to Beyonce instead.

"The moment that people hate me the most for, you know, at the awards show," he said. "That (hatred) was inaccurate. ... We still haven't seen a video as good as (Beyonce's 'Single Ladies') video, like five years later!"

When asked about his elaborate proposal to Kardashian at San Francisco baseball stadium AT&T Park, West had a simple explanation.

"It seemed like, so all-American," he said. "I love being American."

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Re: Kanye West: Confederate flag is my flag now
« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2013, 10:22:20 pm »
Stop. Talking.

Take a lesson from Prince and stop doing interviews for the entireity of 2014.

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Re: Kanye West: Confederate flag is my flag now
« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2013, 04:50:09 am »
Stop. Talking.

Take a lesson from Prince and stop doing interviews for the entireity of 2014.





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Re: Kanye West: Confederate flag is my flag now
« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2013, 06:58:53 pm »
What am I going to do?

Point and laugh, mostly.

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Re: Kanye West: Confederate flag is my flag now
« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2013, 01:04:51 pm »
Dear Kanye: We Used to Love You

Simply calling out Kanye West's confederate flag love and media whore sell-out behavior is too kind.

November 05, 2013, 09:58 AM EST by Ricardo A. Hazell
 
Dear Kanye,


I must admit that you had me going for a while.  Your musical genius was once without precedence, and no one this side of Wu-Tang's the RZA could match your ability to turn even the most obscure audio clip into the bedrock of a hit record. I truly believed you were the "New Version of Pete Rock." I have witnessed your genius, Mr. West. And I have ardently defended your liberal administering of said genius to the masses time and time again.  Remember when you said, "George Bush doesn't like black people," during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina? Remember the look on comedian Mike Myer's face? Man, the laughter exploded from my mouth with such violence my lips were numb for the rest of the day. Wow, that was way back when your music still relied heavily on the careful selection of only the most soulful samples.

The Taylor Swift incident?  The sheer brashness of it all was a thing to marvel at, indeed.  Man, the look on Beyonce's face was classic, HA! I defended you when the President called you a jackass and even reassessed my own feelings on interracial dating in part because of the way you have so ardently defended your situation with Kim Kardashian. A universal truth is that the heart wants what it wants. Who is anyone else to say otherwise? When you appeared on the Kris Jenner Show to defend your relationship I defended you as well, despite the fact that you were speaking in your 'white people' voice.  Hell, every black person works in the business world has a 'white people' voice-which is not to be confused with speaking proper English. It's a way of disarming Euro-Americans. I get it. But you have been jumping the shark as of late, bro-ski.

When you came out the side of your neck and said your wife is more influential than the first lady of the United States, the most powerful nation the world has seen in at least 1,000 years, it was clear to me that you were having trouble distinguishing between what is real and what are the fanciful musings of a stark raving lunatic.  You are aware that this woman's likeness will sit alongside that of her husband in the White House long after all who read this have been converted to trace measurements of nitrogen and protein in the soil. While I am not aware of the half-life of silicone implants, I am certain the painting of Mr. and Mrs. Barack Hussein Obama will be considered a national treasure by most Americans while the remains of your wife's ass entertains an audience of earthworms and blowfly larvae.

But even though I raised several eyebrows with that statement, I was aware of its purpose. That being the promotion of your wife's pop cultural relevance in a society in which pop culture is disposable by its very nature. In your world, if they're not talking about you it's a really bad thing. I get it.  The very mentioning Mrs. Obama only verifies that she is in fact the most influential woman in America. You know it, and I know it.  I get it. But your latest move is making people wanna holler and throw up both their hands.

You're now selling apparel that features the Confederate Flag, a tangible symbol of rabid racism and forced black servitude in the old south? You said it is because the flag represents slavery and, "I wrote the song 'New Slaves' and I took the flag and made it my own. What are you gonna do about it?" Well, first off, I'm going to stop buying your records. Secondly, I am going to stop defending you. Thirdly, I am going to do everything in my power to make sure no one I know ever again does so either. The only "hoods" that are actively flying this flag are in the KKK.  You couldn't wait to be seen wearing that jacket, huh? You wore it to allegedly racist prone Barney's, at that? Man-o-man!

Do you plan on schooling people as to the true nature of this flag? If not, then what? Is it simply for financial gain? No money earned from the sale of these items will do anything to substantially affect your financial situation barring sales in the millions. You also went on to say "It's colorless, also. It's super-'hood and super white boy-approved at the same time." It's true, there have been several rappers from the south who have worn clothing adorned with the flag - which in many cases was more of a political statement than anything else. But to my knowledge, none of them ever made a profit off the items. I don't think you wanted to get that deep.  In fact, I am certain this whole thing is a publicity stunt. I might be wrong, but this is looking like another in a long line of monuments to your chronic narcissism.

You, Mr. West, are an attention whore who will do anything to keep your name in the headlines. Is that the life of a "rock star?" Does your quest for constant notoriety cause you to make moves that promote the ideology of the sworn enemies of your ancestors?  This will be the very last time I indulge you, sir.  It's as if you have zero respect for the lynched, the butchered, the raped, those burned alive, those babies born with disabilities who were smothered in their cribs and those children drowned by their masters for being too weak to work, those who are still missing and whose earthly remains are hiding in the swamps of Georgia, Florida, Mississippi and the Carolinas, those blown to pieces and those drawn and quartered under this flag. Also, I believe you truly have a lack of understanding as to the visceral hate that some who still fly this flag have for you and I.  You may not want to get too deep, but now you're obligated to do so-and I seriously doubt you're up to the task.  You’re approaching this whole thing as if it is not a "big deal" when it absolutely is.

Long story short, I just can't f**k with you anymore.

 

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Re: Kanye West: Confederate flag is my flag now
« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2013, 02:38:49 pm »
You, Mr. West, are an attention whore who will do anything to keep your name in the headlines.

All of the examples he laughed and marveled at earlier in the article made that pretty clear.  When it comes to realizing Kanye West is an asshole, I guess its better late than never.

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Re: Kanye West: Confederate flag is my flag now
« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2013, 03:43:43 pm »
You, Mr. West, are an attention whore who will do anything to keep your name in the headlines.

All of the examples he laughed and marveled at earlier in the article made that pretty clear.  When it comes to realizing Kanye West is an asshole, I guess its better late than never.

You're missing the point.

If Kanye were simply an !@#hole there wouldn't be any issue about this circumstance.

What Kanye was in all those moments is the visceral, garrish, juvenile part of ourselves that we rarely want to own up to. We've all watched award shows where someone was blatantly robbed,  and the polite reaction is as follows. Clap, smile, and clap some more. The REAL reaction aka The Kanye effect is to scream out that this is some !@#$%^&* and he was !@#$%^&* robbed.

Now if these events were pre-meditated, again, Kanye wouldn't have the impact that he has had. The fact that we can see that it is authentic is what makes our reaction to him both complicated and entertaining. A teenage girl was having an unforgettable moment when, "Imaletyoufinish" happens! In that instant there is a storm of emotions that take place: shock, outrage, empathy, sympathy and yes laughter. The man with the Ivy League Ralph Lauren commits the most gangster act in the history of rap by calling out the most powerful man on the planet.

The fact that he is a rapper and has to deal with the reality of hyper-masculinity as it applies to Black men in the genre is of significance as well. His tirades aren't always indicative of strength or boldness but just as often frailty, fear and insecurity.  When he is storming out of an award show with a high pitched tirade decked out in skintight pastel, again he is sincere enough to let that part
of his being show.

Kanye has been guilty of being an !@#hole since day one. What the author is convicting him of now is the crime of being a fraud.