You all know who Kanye West is. Personally, I had never heard of the man until yesterday afternoon. But then, until yesterday afternoon I thought MTV was a cable television network that played music videos, so what do I know. But never mind that. We’re not here to talk about me. We’re here to talk about Kanye West…
In 2006, West appeared on the front cover of Rolling Stone as Jesus wearing a crown of thorns. I’m sure a lot of Christians thought he was an asshole for doing that. But just as his very in-your-face efforts to speak out against homophobia in hip hop, he was not afraid to go against the cultural grain to make a point. Here he is as Jesus, being, to some, an uncivil rebel standing up for a cause, and to others, a goatfucking asshat:
Later, in 2006, West went totally off script during a TV show raising awareness and funds for the victims of Katrina. Rather than reading the pablum provided by the cue cards, he launched a poorly done but heart-felt monologue about the plight of black people in New Orleans, and was finally cut off by the producers when he stated, quite plainly, “George Bush hates black people.”
Here is the video of West being an uncivil rebel, speaking truth to power. Or, in the eyes of some, especially George Bush supporters, an obnoxious fucker of goats:
Then, more recently, just the other day apparently, an award was given to a country western singer at the MTV music awards. West apparently thought that a different person should have gotten the award, so he walked uninvited onto the stage, took the microphone from the young woman who was giving her acceptance speech, and announced that a different performer had also done really good … He was uncivil, but he was just speaking out for the person who had not won the award … but he did so by being an over the top fornicator of ovicaprids extraordinare.
Here he is doing that:
Man, that goat is going to be sore for a couple of days…
My point? Very simple. If you are going to operate in that territory between unquestioning civility and abject goat fucking, don’t be Kanye West.