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Kanye West Explains Gripe With President Obama: ‘People Were Fine With Me Being Everyone’s Punching Bag’
At this point, it’s pretty obvious that President Obama isn’t exactly a fan of Kanye West. Of course, there’s no love lost, as Kanye isn’t crazy about America’s first Black Commander-in-chief either. Though it’s unclear what initiated the tension, their feud was made evident a few years back after Kanye pulled his im’ma-let-you-finish stunt at the 2009 Video Music Awards. When asked what he thought of Kanye’s out-of-pocket antics, President Obama responded:
“I thought that was really inappropriate. You know it was like she’s getting an award — why are you butting in? The young lady seems like a perfectly nice person. She’s getting her award. What’s he doing up there? He’s a jackass. (Laughter) No, now — this — all this stuff — I’m assuming all this stuff. Where’s the pool? Come on guys. Cut the president some slack. I got a lot of other stuff on my plate.”
We could certainly see why this would cause a bit of friction. I mean, who wants to be called a “jackass” by the Leader of the Free World? The public feud between the POTUS and Yeezy only escalated since Pres. Obama’s original comment. Over the summer, the President made another apparent “dig” at Kanye and now-fiancée, Kim Kardashian.
“Part of the American dream — even if you’re poor, or lower-middle class — involves yearning for tangible things you can’t afford. Were there things, when you were growing up, that you yearned for that you couldn’t afford?”
“There was not that window into the lifestyles of the rich and famous. Kids weren’t monitoring everyday what Kim Kardashian was wearing, or where was going on vacation, and thinking that somehow that was the mark of success.”
Mr. West eventually , claiming that Michelle Obama could never pull off his reality TV star boo’s infamous white bikini selfie. This of course caused many of us, including the lovely Charing Ball, to question what’s really going on between the President and the “Flashing Lights” rapper. In an interview with Hot 107.9 Philly, Kanye sort of addressed the beef and while he didn’t specify what started it all, it seems obvious that Pres. Obama’s “jackass” comment hit a sore spot.
Not too long ago a debate started about whether reality TV stars and the work they do is enough to warrant them one day receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The folks doing the actual placement of said stars said that they don’t consider reality stars for such honors, including Kim Kardashian. Kanye West responded by saying their way of doing things is dated and that Kim is more than deserving since she’s one of the biggest stars in the world. However, most folks agree that being famous for living your life on TV isn’t enough to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and it seems that current reality personality Kandi Burruss feels the same. In an interview with The Jasmine Brand she said it’s something that needs to be earned with a little more work:
“I don’t know about all that. I don’t really think that that would… To me, I don’t really see – not just for being a reality TV star. You’ve got to be doing something other than reality just in order to get a star on the Walk of Fame. I mean, to me, with reality, they’re just being themselves and they’re a little crazy. Some of the people who are on the Hollywood Walk of Fame – to me, they’ve really worked hard to earn that. So I don’t know about this…that’s different.”
Some might try to say, ‘Well, you’re on reality TV,” but Burruss is also an acclaimed songwriter and has had a pretty successful music career. But do you agree with her about reality stars not really qualifying for such a prestigious honor?
Look at those cheeks!
If you didn’t catch on to the Ks in the headline, then we’re pretty sure those little puffy cheeks are a dead giveaway as to whose baby this is. Yup, it’s little North West, Kanye and Kim’s nearly 5-month old cutie patootie.
Kim posted the photo of her little one on Instagram late last night with nothing more than the caption “LOL.” She also uploaded another pic of North with her “#NewStylist,” Italian designer Riccardo Tisci (@riccardotisci17) which is super cute.
So far Kimye appears to be dolling out about one pic per month of little North West. We got our first glimpse of Kim and Kanye’s daughter in August when Yeezy unveiled her pic on his soon-to-be mother-in-law’s talk show, “Kris,” and in early October Kim posted one photo of little Nore swaddled in a blanket. It’s good to see the parents are keeping a low profile for North’s sake, but we also appreciate these little candids when we get them as well. Happy early five-month BDay to North!
Who knew that popularity was measured in numbers and kept track of in Hollywood?
Kanye West has always been a polarizing figure–folks either love him or loathe him, and despite his past of interrupting people’s acceptance speeches and declaring that “George Bush doesn’t care about black people,” he always maintained a relatively high popularity level with people, even the ladies. But it seems that his decision to date and ultimately want to settle down with Kim Kardashian has had a negative impact on his popularity, specifically with women.
According to the Daily Mail via Q Scores, which is known as “the recognized industry standard for measuring consumer appeal of personalities, characters, licensed properties, programs and brands,” Kanye West’s popularity level started off high at 17 among women in the age range of 18-49 prior to his relationship with Kim Kardashian. But since the two became an item, parents, and engaged, West’s popularity with the same age group has dipped from 17 to just a mere 3. It’s interesting considering that this might be the happiest time of West’s life, but now it’s his least popular time with the fans. West has always been a loose canon, but being seen with a woman that is ALWAYS in the public eye (he really wasn’t always seen out and about prior to dating her) magnifies the foolery he gets involved in and makes him more of a target. And rocking a Confederate flag jacket, slap-boxing with paparazzi and beefing with TV hosts doesn’t help either…
Are you surprised that West’s popularity has sunk so low?
This has been a very good year for Pharrell. Not only did he settle down and get married, but he found himself back on top musically after working with Daft Punk on their new music (“Get Lucky” and “Lose Yourself to Dance” were big hits), and of course, for the work he did on Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.” What many people might not have known though, was that the innovator teamed up with rapper Azealia Banks for a song on her upcoming album, Broke With Expensive Taste (coming out next year), called “ATM Jam.” (HEAR IT HERE) I actually have the song and think it has a great beat and some dope tongue-twisting and slick lyrics to make it a big dance hit. However, a lot of her fans allegedly didn’t like it and after a lukewarm reception post the song’s release in July, the track didn’t do well on the charts and she reportedly decided to remove it from her album tracklist. This morning she decided to share her thoughts on Twitter on why the song didn’t blow up like she thought it would, and she put the blame on one person: No, not herself, but Pharrell Williams.
“The reason ATM jam did poorly is because pharell changed his mind about wanting to be associated with me after he had his lite skin comeback”
“Lite skin niggas are funny.”
“But f**k it what’s new? Azealia banks having to scrape claw and fight for what she wants. This is normal for me now.”
“The minute I feel like I should give a f**k and stop talking s**t the good lord reminds me that no one else gives a f**k and neither shuld I”
I will say that it’s interesting that Pharrell has been all over the place, making an appearance with the other artists he has had big hits with this year. But really, if a song doesn’t blow, it might have a lot more to do with label promotion of the song and video than the people on it. And honestly, it could also be that people just weren’t feeling it. Hey, it happens! However, the last thing you want to do is start burning bridges with the folks in this industry who have a lot of power and influence. But then again, AB doesn’t “give a f**k” right?
On a side note, while dissing Pharrell, Banks showed love to Kanye West by saying that they’re like the same people; she just so happens to be the female version. Here’s what she told ELLE:
“Kanye and I are like the same person, but boy and girl. We’re pulling from the same cloud, the same inspiration. We’re both Geminis, we’re the two premier avant-gardists in Hip Hop music. It’s just me and him. I think our consciousnesses are swirling around each other in some weird kind of way.”
Would you agree?
We here at the office are Leo DiCaprio-heads. If you’ll recall, my colleague wrote a piece for the site this year about how the talented actor can basically do no wrong in his films. And it looks like he can also do no wrong in everyday life as well (well, you know, for the most part). DiCaprio had a pretty swanky birthday party this past weekend as he celebrated his 39th year in the world. For the shindig, he invited 2 Chainz and Kanye West to pump up the crowd, and as captured by folks Instagramming throughout the party, Leo was clearly having a pretty awesome time. Dressed in a suit, with a hat on down to his nose, the Wolf of Wall Street star jigged to 2 Chainz’s “I’m Different” and a slew of other hits by both rappers while being showered with love by the ladies. Please check him out putting one hand in the air, and waving it like he just doesn’t care to 2 Chainz:
This isn’t the first time Leo has broken it down like a crippled clown on the dance floor:
The above gif is actually from his upcoming film The Wolf of Wall Street, set in the ’80s. That comes out on Christmas by the way. DiCaprio has been a hip-hop head for years now, kicking it with Q-Tip (who was also reportedly at the party) and citing Nas as one of his favorites. When promoting his film The Great Gatsby, he showed love to some of his other favorite MCs right now:
“Kendrick Lamar is great, 2 Chainz is great too — don’t forget 2 Chainz. By the way, he’s my age — I’m very proud of a guy emerging in the hip-hop world at my age.”
Anywho, hopefully that video provided you with a little chuckle this morning. If not, just run it back another 15 times and I’m sure it will work…
So we told you this week that Al Sharpton and the National Action Network had some words for Kanye West and planned to boycott the selling of his tour merchandise. The apparel has hit a sore spot with people because of the fact that some of it is adorned with the Confederate flag. West has actually been seen out in a jacket with the flag on the arm. When speaking on why he has been trying to push something that has been attached to slavery and oppression, West said he was actually trying appropriate and change the meaning. But in the end, he just thinks it looks dope:
“React how you want. Any energy you got is good energy. You know the confederate flag represented slavery in a way — that’s my abstract take on what I know about it. So I made the song ‘New Slaves.’ So I took the Confederate flag and made it my flag. It’s my flag now. Now what are you going to do?
I just think people look cool in it. They look nice. And it’s colorless also. It’s super hood and super white boy approved at the same time. That’s really what my style has always been.”
But Q-Tip, who works has produced music for West, and is actually signed to West’s G.O.O.D. Music while touring with him for a few dates on the Yeezus Tour with A Tribe Called Quest decided to share his thoughts on Twitter. While he made it clear that he has much love for his friend, the same can’t be said for the Confederate flag:
F**k the confederate flag
I love Kanye no shots but my people continue to suffer psychologically from hardships that happened under that banner
I’m not mad at him. You can be friends with anybody and still stand by what you know is right and speak out against what’s wrong, even if it’s something said friend is a fan of. Too many celebrities get their checks and just go with the flow, but a person with the least amount of sense should know that running around with a Confederate flag on your back or on the arm of your jacket is a silly move, especially as a black man or woman. What do you think of what the Tribe Called Quest rapper had to say?
Kanye Has Awakened The Reverend: Sharpton Calls For Boycott Against West’s Confederate Flag Merchandise
Kanye West better watch out! The Rev. Al Sharpton is coming for him — and any store that agrees to sell his controversial Confederate flag merchandise, HipHopWired reports.
Sharpton and The National Action Network of Los Angeles (NANLA), a civil rights group he established, is rallying the troops to boycott West’s questionable taste in fashion: A t-shirt that features a skull superimposed on the Confederate flag with the words “I ain’t comin’ down.” The emblem, which has long held racist undertones, can also be found on tote bags. And Sharpton ain’t havin’ it:
“The Confederate flag symbolizes dehumanization, injustice and pain. It is a stark reminder of an era in our history that was defined by the abhorrent practice of slavery. And it is representative of a mentality that looked upon blacks as inferiors who needed to remain in the shackles of subservience,” he said.
According to Bossip, NANLA released a biting statement about the “New Slaves” rapper calling his merchandise a “disgrace” and an “embarrassment”:
“[M]any of our ancestors were brutalized, kidnapped , raped, and murdered during slavery under this flag. Its inexcusable for West to be promoting and merchandising this flag. Were determined to boycott and shut down any other stores that attempt to sell this merchandise,” stated Rev K.W. Tulloss, President of NANLA.
As MN has reported, Kanye West tried to justify the usage of the confederate flag on his fashion goods; he wanted to “re-appropriate” the controversial emblem. “React how you want. Any energy you got is good energy. You know the confederate flag represented slavery in a way — that’s my abstract take on what I know about it…So I took the Confederate flag and made it my flag,” said Ye.
Clearly, his explanation isn’t convincing enough as he’s set off a firestorm of outrage in the African-American community. Najee Ali, a political director of NANLA, expressed her raw opinion on Mr. West’s apparel: ”I challenge Kanye West to create a clothing line of merchandise featuring swastikas if he’s sincere about his beliefs . But we all know Kanye doesn’t have the courage to do that. The Jewish community would run him out of town if he did and so should the African American community, she said”
Yeezus’ vainglorious attitude has gone too far — and the Rev. Al is here to set him straight. Along with NANLA, he is calling for a national boycott of the offensive clothing line.
Do you think this boycott will be successful?
‘Rain-check That Trainwreck Of A Wedding:’ Beyoncé Fans Petition Against Her Attendance At Kimye’s Wedding
When it was first announced that Kanye West and Kim Kardashian were romantically involved, Beyoncé fans instantly began questioning whether or not his would mean instant friendship between Bey and Kim—something that many of them were opposed to. Kanye has since “promoted” Kim from girlfriend to baby mama and now, fiancée, which means that a wedding isn’t too far around the corner. Though the couple have yet to announce a date or any official wedding plans, Bey fans are already requesting that their queen decline Kimye’s invitation.
A petition recently surfaced on Change.org, begging Bey not to attend Kim’s wedding. The petition reads:
“As you all know by know Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have sadly been in the news for their ‘engagement.’ Kim Kardashian and her disgusting family are known for their rise to fame for doing absolutely nothing. Aside from being a famous wh**e Kim has decided to get knocked up by notorious jackass Kanye West and know are planning to get married. Now we must do all in our power to stop Beyonce from attending that god forsaken wedding, since her husband Jay Z is BFF’s with Kanye he problaby wants both of them to go. Beyonce should not be forced to go and sit through that torture while surrounded by the Kardashian pigs. Beyonce do not go to that wedding you dont have to do it to please that wh**e and her jackass fiance. Do us a favor Bey and rain check that train wreck of wedding.”
As if all of that weren’t enough, the BeyHive also offered their queen a few excuses that she could use to get out of attending the ceremony.
“1. Extend The Mrs Carter Show World Tour for as long as possible- Be on tour for their wedding. Tell them your busy and business always comes first.
2. Blue Ivy has the flu- You cant attend a wedding when your baby is sick.
3. You have something better to do- Your Beyonce you always have something better to do than to attend a Kim Kardashian wedding.
4. Say that you have a meeting with the President and the First Lady- Who would say no to the president, especially when your other choice is to attend a Kim Kardashian wedding.
5. Simply say no- Tell the b***h no. Simple as that.
Hope these tips help in your Dennison making Bey.”
The BeyHive is quite an interesting bunch, aren’t they? Of course, their petition will probably have zero impact on Bey’s decision to attend Kimye’s wedding, but it was pretty creative—and frankly, a little mean.
Jazmine Denise is a celebrity news and entertainment blogger. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise.
Anyone who knows me knows that as a fellow Chicagoan, I’m a big fan of Kanye West. Been a fan since the early production days, still a fan…of his his music and creative capabilities that is. However, even the most down fan has to give a side-eye to Mr. West’s current appreciation of Confederate flags and the fact that he’s putting them on shirts and selling them as part of his tour merchandise for fans. And you know it’s a real problem when Reverend Al Sharpton is ready to boycott you.
Kanye uses the historically racist symbol to adorn his concert merchandise. One of the tees, for example, shows a confederate flag with a skull and reads “I Ain’t Comin’ Down.” Another one has a skeleton figure draped in a confederate flag holding a scythe. Still others depict skeletons wearing Indian headdresses with the caption “God Wants You.” There are also tote bags with just the confederate flag by itself.
He’s even been seen out in a jacket with the flag embossed on the arm (see above). West tried to explain the use of the flag, claiming he was re-appropriating it from being a symbol of slavery and racism.
“React how you want. Any energy you got is good energy. You know the confederate flag represented slavery in a way — that’s my abstract take on what I know about it. So I made the song ‘New Slaves.’ So I took the Confederate flag and made it my flag. It’s my flag now. Now what are you going to do?”
But Rev. Sharpton and his NAN representatives say it’s more a disgrace than anything else. Political Directer of the Los Angeles National Action Network, Najee Ali, who talked with Sharpton and other reps during a press conference yesterday, says he’s embracing ignorance.
“Kanye West already has several pieces of merchandise from his Yeezus tour that are emblazoned with the controversial Southern Cross at his tour store in Los Angeles. Our organization is determined to shut down that and any other store that decides to sell this merchandise. For African-Americans the confederate flag is symbolic of the hurt and pain of slavery in the South and the legacy it has left for those still living under those ideologies. When Kanye embraces and adorns this confederate flag, He also embraces the ignorance and racism that goes along with it. I challenge Kanye West to create a clothing line of merchandise featuring swastikas if he’s sincere about his beliefs . But we all know Kanye doesn’t have the courage to do that. The Jewish community would run him out of town if he did and so should the African American community.”
Rev. Al Sharpton chimed in to say the following:
“The Confederate flag symbolizes dehumanization, injustice and pain. It is a stark reminder of an era in our history that was defined by the abhorrent practice of slavery. And it is representative of a mentality that looked upon blacks as inferiors who needed to remain in the shackles of subservience.”
What do you think? West definitely shouldn’t be encouraging fans to buy into the idea of purchasing merchandise with the Confederate flag on it just because it says “Yeezus” on the back; especially if they don’t understand all that said flag represents. But then again, West has been out here crying for help for years by being defiant, so is any of this really shocking to you?