Macy Gray wants to “Make Kanye Great Again,” Chance The Rapper says, “Black people don’t have to be Democrats,” and John Legend seemingly tries to text West privately. It didn’t go as planned.
Kanye West is dividing Hollywood (and all of America) over his recent love affair with President Donald Trump.
After expressing his "love" for his "brother" Donnie Wednesday on Twitter, the rapper/designer lost close to 10 million followers. Now Hollywood is taking sides.
"That’s mighty white of you, Kanye," Snoop Dogg captioned a paparazzi photo of Yeezy wearing the "Make America Great Again" hat on his Instagram. "If you don’t snap out of it, ‘Get Out’ Part 2."
Wife Kim Kardashian rushed to her hubby’s defense, saying, "Most people (including myself) have very different feelings and opinions about this. But this is HIS opinion. I believe in people being able to have their own opinions, even if really different from mine. He never said he agrees with his politics. Kanye will never run in the race of popular opinion and we know that and that’s why I love him and respect him, and in a few years when someone else says the same exact thing but they aren’t labeled the way he is, you will all praise them! Kanye is years ahead of his time."
Donald Trump Jr. retweeted one of Kim’s messages, writing, "#ImWithHer."
Chance The Rapper also shared his support of Ye’s ability to express himself, tweeting, "Black people don’t have to be Democrats." Chanel West Coast agreed, calling herself "equally as crazy."
John Legend appeared to be responding to Kanye on his own Twitter feed, although he never mentioned the rapper by name, writing, "I imagine there’s some comfort in imagining a future without racism and projecting that onto the present," the singer wrote. "Thinking if we just deny the truth, it doesn’t exist. If history is erased, we don’t have to deal with its consequences."
"However, far too many people don’t have the luxury of closing their eyes and ears," Legend continued. "They feel it in their lives and can’t act like what they see and know doesn’t exist. They know their family was destroyed by deportation or incarceration. They know their loved one was denied safe harbor because of their religion. They know their son or daughter was shot because their skin color evoked fear. They see the statistics about black applications for real estate or loans or employment being turned away because their name was Jamal and not James. I love that great, brilliant artists have the power to imagine a better future. But artists can’t be blind to the truth."
Following Legend’s tweets, Kanye shared a text message on his Twitter account that appeared to be sent from Legend, as well as "John’s" hilarious response when he realized it had been posted online. Chrissy Teigen also reacted to the text leak on her own account.
Here are John’s original tweets:
See how the rest of Hollywood has responded to Kanye’s stance on politics and POTUS in the posts below.
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Man who made this shit, ??get the strap. #power #theoath
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Scooter Braun and Jordan Peele took to social media to shade Kanye over tweets unrelated to his Trump rant. Among the slew of odd messages Kanye posted Wednesday was the announcement that he "no longer" had a manager because he "can’t be managed," essentially saying he had parted ways with Braun. The music mogul tweeted, "Anything new or interesting happen today?" Ye also tweeted images of inside his home, which he jokingly referred to as "the sunken place," a reference to Peele’s racially charged mystery-thriller, "Get Out." Peele barked back with a joke of his own.
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