Kanye West is a Troll

by Michael Arceneaux

kanyeLord knows I have tried to be patient with Kanye West as it’s becoming ever so clear that he can’t play spades at most peoples’ tables given he’s not working with a full deck. Still, we as a people – of any color and every persuasion – have got to find a tricked out trap door for this wayward Negro to fall through. Kanye may be arguably a creative genius, but that doesn’t make his increasingly asinine statements any less annoying.

Kanye West is dipped in megalomania, baked in delusion & frosted with f**k s**t. I’m so sick of some people – i.e. his most ardent fans – pretending otherwise. Kanye has morphed from what initially appeared to be a thoughtful, charismatic rapper who could mix catchy songs with meaningful commentary and take it mainstream into something reminiscent of the average Internet troll. The sort of person willing to say whatever “controversial” statement he can conceive without any real thought of its accuracy or whether or not it contradicts whatever musing is made after it.

It’s okay to think highly of yourself, and it’s equally fine to share that admiration for your significant other, but Kanye West ought to be arrested for public masturbation following his appearance on KIIS FM’s On Air with Ryan Seacrest. I don’t know why walking ego trip believes he and Kim are “the most influential with clothing,” but I do know anyone, much less a Black man, who would denigrate one of the most visible Black women in the world to a swimsuit Instagram challenge might need to down a bleach cocktail should he not find the missing piece in his brain that’s clouding his judgment.

Kanye didn’t have to single out Michelle Obama. He could’ve easily argued that as the person largely responsible for the integration of celebrities into Vogue magazine, Anna Wintour ought to recognize that the notion of celebrity has evolved, and thus should perhaps reconsider her anti-Kardashian stance. But he didn’t and willingly targeted FLOTUS, which may make Kim smile, but doesn’t do much for his half-Black daughter who benefits from all that Michelle Obama represents to the world.

I don’t begrudge Kim Kardashian in any way, but her style as described by a friend is an “upscale Bebe” or “Bebe couture.” Anna Wintour may not love it, or her brand of celebrity, but such is her prerogative, so pretty please, Yezzus, spare the world with your whining over KimYe being victims of classism.

Especially when you make statements like: “People used to be, ‘What is [Kim] talented at?’ She’s talented at being beautiful! Like, if you go to a club, and you see a bunch of beautiful girls, you might say, ‘It’s a bunch of talent.’”

So Kim Kardashian is a victim of classism despite the conveniently forgotten fact that much of her “talent” over the years has been styled by a cosmetic surgeon. You don’t know struggle if you’re talking about elective surgery. Shut up.

Same goes for that BBC interview in which he found a way to compare his mother participating in sit-ins to advance Civil Rights with he and Frank Ocean “sitting out” of the radio. Again, shut up.

I wouldn’t mind Kanye’s superficial, faux-deep, shallow statements so much if he didn’t fashion himself to be some sort of person standing up against racism. After all, he’s the one who said in a New York Times profile, “I am in the lineage of Gil Scott-Heron, great activist-type artists. But I’m also in the lineage of a Miles Davis – you know, that liked nice things also.”

Would Gil Scott-Heron use lynching imagery and “Strange Fruit” to make a song about a side chick getting an abortion?

Would he market an overpriced T-shirt bearing the image of the Confederate flag, a symbol of racism and exploitation of Black men, women, and children?

Would anyone really that committed to the cause of advancing Black people downplay the influence of the first Black First Lady to boost up his white fiancé who hasn’t given anything to the world besides a modern take on Betty Boop?

His Jekyll and Hyde act can be amusing at times, but ultimately it’s worn thin.

Michael Arceneaux is from the land of Beyoncé, but now lives in the city of Master Splinters. Follow him at @youngsinick.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kimalvarado Kimberly Hunt-Alvarado

    Preach!! Let the church say Amen!!!

  • MimiLuvs

    “…Kanye didn’t have to signal out Michelle Obama. He could’ve easily argued that as the person largely responsible for the integration of celebrities into Vogue magazine, Anna Wintour ought to recognize that the notion of celebrity has evolved, and thus should perhaps reconsider her anti-Kardashian stance. But he didn’t and willingly targeted FLOTUS, which may make Kim smile, but doesn’t do much for his half-Black daughter who benefits from all that Michelle Obama represents to the world.”

    This is the reason why I gave Kanye West’s comment about the FLOTUS a major “side-eye”. Rather than “call out” Anna Wintour instead he mentions Michelle Obama.

    “Would any really that committed to the cause of advancing Black people downplay the influence of the first Black First Lady to boost up his white fiancé who hasn’t given anything to the world besides a modern take on Betty Boop?”

    Never read an article where a man has stated this opinion.

  • Enough Already

    I agree with the author’s last statement “His Jekyll and Hyde act can be amusing at times, but ultimately it’s worn thin.” That is exactly how I feel about Kayne. His constant whining about himself and Kim not being accepted/seen at some level in a fickle world of fashion just comes across bitchin’. I don’t sympathize with his so called plights he keeps bringing up. I honestly want someone to say get over it. You have enough cash to start your own fashion line/magazine whatever you want really so go learn how to do it and make it happen and stop whining about waiting to be invited. And the last time I checked when Michelle Obama wore clothing from stores like Target it got sold out. Please someone tell me the first time when Kim K wore something and it got sold out?? Who is watching what she is wearing that heavy? I know my comment is coming off harsh but I just had enough of this particular rich person complaining about things it seems that really aren’t important, or making up situations to argue just for argument sake.

  • http://www.lillian-mae.com Knotty Natural

    That, he is. I realized after his tacky tirade about the FLOTUS that he’s not playing with a full deck.

    What woman accepts being known as her significant other’s “beautiful b!tch”?

  • Jodie

    ABSOEFFINLUTELY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TOTALLY AGREE!!!!

  • Sunny

    We are know he is a troll. The real question is – why are y’all so obsessed with this man? He has shown time and time again that he is a couple of eggs short of a dozen and he has NO love for us.

    I’d love to experience a whole week of Clutch without the mention of him or her. Let’s focus on folks who support us.

  • lil ray

    He has been trowing Black women under the bus from day one All falls down was about a Black woman addictive to retail, Jesus walk video main character was about a falling Black woman.

  • Dd

    I think the only way Kanye (and his baby’s mother and company) will disappear is to all together STOP TALKING about them and PROMOTING their shenanigans throughout the media. We (including myself) allow them power by keeping their names in our mouths with our comments and opinions. We support media outlets that promote their ridiculousness and that’s what THEY want. Let’s stop supporting this rachetness & fuckery.

  • nononsense57

    “Kanye West is dipped in megalomania, baked in delusion & frosted with f**k s**t.”

    THIS!!! The sentence of the day!

  • Belle

    AMEN!!!

  • http://gravatar.com/dollielintoniii BlackMalePrivilege

    No he hasn’t, please stop telling lies. It’s all good if you don’t like him cool, but just don’t make up stuff.

  • Mama Sunshine

    I agree with you. As much as I enjoy reading the ‘Kanye sucks” comments after an article where he is the subject, unless the next article reads something like “Kanye Ends World Hunger” I’m going to stop giving my energy to this self-entitled clown.

  • JJ

    This is article was great. Kanye’s nothing but a white black supremacist. Ugh

  • JJ

    I mean black white supremacist

  • Nonya

    The Clarence Thomas of Rap

  • http://gravatar.com/jamesfrmphilly jamesfrmphilly

    do we supply his income or not?

  • mary mary

    beyonce allowed jay z to say that also. there just needs to be an overhaul of pop culture, but it is easier to just try to stay uninformed of such shenanigans.

  • Bren

    Kanye is a lost soul and cause. I never owned a cd and haven’t listened to him in years.

  • noirluv45

    Isn’t the media and those who engage in every, “What mess did Kanye say today” conversation part of the problem?

    He is all that this article mentioned (except I didn’t know he was a creative genius because I have never listened to anything he’s done except for, “Gold digger,” which, surprisingly, I happen to like. I always thought of Michael Jackson, Prince, EW&F, etc. as creative geniuses, but nevertheless, the more we continue to give Kanye a forum, the more he’ll regurgitate nonsense.

    He’s literally banking on it.

  • noirluv45

    Amen x 2

  • Ava

    Golddigger brought it home Lil Ray but I think that the joke might be on him. Just stay tuned…

  • Mommy

    I don’t begrudge Kim Kardashian in any way, but her style as described by a friend is an “upscale Bebe” or “Bebe couture.”

    So funny, thank you Mr. Arceneaux.

  • http://gravatar.com/rahmadclark Zanabee

    Kanye is mad because Obama called him a jackass…he is real mature, you know.

  • http://twitter.com/SimplyBerry Berry (@SimplyBerry)

    you wrote that! loved it

  • http://gravatar.com/anon4cec anon4cec

    kayne’s a functional schizophrenic

  • https://www.facebook.com/roxanne.oraguzie Roxanne Oraguzie

    I <3 Mr. Arcineaux. He speaks so much truth.

  • http://airindanyell.tumblr.com Erin

    This is so true! I thought he had really lost his marbles after the Jimmy Kimmel interview, but his statements on Michelle Obama, Kim, and classism let me know he’s a complete troll. I’m over him, I’m over Kim. I miss old Kanye. He needs help.

  • https://www.facebook.com/ggjacks Gena Greenwood-Jackson

    His antics long ago outweighed his talent IMO.

  • SayWhat

    Best….comparison….ever

  • angie

    I know I don’t, not since his second album!

  • http://www.tribecalledcurl.com Tribe Called Curl

    Well, damn. I wanted to scream “sexual chocolate” and walk off the stage after reading this. It’s everything I’ve been thinking about Kanye’s pomposity, articulated much better than I ever could. This biting and real assessment is the best thing I’ve read all week. Definitely sharing this, and reading everything Mr. Arceneaux has ever written. *drops mic.*

  • Sylvie

    Years ago cnn did that with Paris Hilton for a month…no one noticed. Clutch take the challenge! No Kanye and no Kim K for a month!

  • The guy is a fool.

    Uncle Tomye is a lost.cause.

  • http://www.westcoastkeish.com Keish

    I used to be the biggest Kanye fan but I’m pretty much done with him now. When he 1st came out he used to be so pro-black. Now he goes on talk shows using his white people voice and is trying to be some sort of rock star… I just can’t with him anymore.

  • https://www.facebook.com/ebony.l.gerald Ebony Letmegetdat Gerald
  • https://www.facebook.com/ebony.l.gerald Ebony Letmegetdat Gerald
  • https://www.facebook.com/ebony.l.gerald Ebony Letmegetdat Gerald
  • Maddie

    I know, right? That’s what I don’t understand about some of these rappers like Kanye. How are you going to complain about black women and complain we’re hoes and gold diggers then turn around and MARRY one of the biggest, most obvious hoes and gold diggers in the country? Not wishing misfortune on anyone, but I’m just waiting till she takes half in the the inevitable divorce.

  • Nic

    I know, b/c you know these men are so busy trying to make sure that black women don’t get any of their money that they never bother to get white gold diggers to sign a pre-nup…

  • Susie

    Kanye is a minstrel clown. He needs to take his woman who personifies everything he hates about Blackness and sit his bitchy, oppressed …lol ass down

  • straightnochaser

    Let’s stop supporting this rachetness & fuckery.

    I will be giggling at this line for several days! Your post is spot on. Stop feeding the troll and the trollette and then maybe they’ll get the message, pack it in, an go away.

  • https://www.facebook.com/01.Oshun Angela Julien

    Maybe if the media would stop following him around and reporting every single thing he does he would be relegated to being insignificant. However, people take a malicious delight in attacking him. You media people should realize that Kanye has issues like a lot of Black celebrities living under the constant pressures of White supremacy. Kanye seem to be hated because he speaks his mind without the filters that a lot of Black people do. He is hated I suppose because he said George Bush hates Black people and he grabbed a mike from a White woman? oooh a Black man should always bow and kiss a white woman’s behind even if when he stands up for a Black woman whom he feels deserved an award over a little known, unrecognized white woman? Well, he already did… he is kissing Kim’s white behind to make up for that slip up. Clutch should recognize here that Kanye may have been brash to go on that stage and grab that mike, but let’s be clear about what he was doing. He was defending and standing up for a Black woman whom he thought had been passed over. How many Black men ever stand up publicly for Black women? Think about that for a moment.
    Stop reporting and responding and asking him for interviews if you media types do not wish to hear what he has to say. He is full of his own self importance, unlike a lot of Black people who have bought into self hate and think White people’s lives are more important than Black people. Black people seem to be reacting to Kanye out of the “politics of respectability” because they think he is embarrassing Black people with his outspoken reactions and that is a constant problem with Black people trying to gain recognition from White people and fit into some kind of “permissible” box.

  • http://gravatar.com/nubiahbella Nubiahbella

    Me it goes as far as I never read an article made by a BLACK MAN stating this opinion!!!!! I have seen countless of them defending Fake Kardashian when she posted her pic lol but haven’t heard many defending Michelle Obama.

  • Rachel

    You are willfully choosing one instance out of many. The author clearly states that Kanye has devolved into the troll he is today.

  • Joan

    Kanye is a lost puppy, plain and simple. He says and does things to get attention, whether the attention is positive or negative. The only reason he’s able to eat is because we keep on feeding him.

  • https://plus.google.com/117743925041917107288 Cas Ann

    Oh, please. Beyonce is oppressed now? Really? I think she’s won many awards, hasn’t she? And, all Taylor Swift did was accept an award – she didn’t award it to herself. Why would he embarrass himself in that way? No, class.

  • Susie

    Angela,
    What cha smoking girl. That response was rambling and off topic. I understand what you were trying to express (I’m a little random and off topic my damn self), but I don’t think many Black people are embarrassed by Kanye because he doesn’t represent Blackness. Defending Beyoncé is not about standing up for Black women, that was about getting publicity by being outrageous. Attacking Kanye? Naw just exposing a self-hating fool.

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