On Friday, a satirical online publication, The Daily Currant, wrote that Kanye West likened himself to Nelson Mandela. The publication borrowed phrases from Kanye’s vernacular and things they think he probably would say to create a series of quotes of the rapper comparing himself to Nelson Mandela. Taking into consideration Kanye’s braggadocious comments as of late, it doesn’t seem like it would be that far of a stretch. But it was. It was all a ploy to get people to click on their story. And it worked. The story spread like wildfire with people expressing outrage at “Kanye’s disrespect.”
I didn’t think he would address this one but then again, when people are sullying his name, Kanye is quick to step in. This time he kept it clean and just refuted the false, satirical claims and instead showed respect for Mandela and his legacy.
Props to Kanye for this one. He knows what’s up. But a question for you all, we all understand satire. It makes a lot of things fair game. But we are all aware that Nelson’s Mandela’s name is “trending” so to speak right now. We also know that this comment certainly wouldn’t garnered any attention had Mandela not transitioned recently. Does anyone else find it a bit cheap and sleazy that this outlet used Mandela’s death to get a few clicks or is it all fair game?