Kenna Gottschalk, Staff Writer
When the name Trump is mentioned, everyone has a strong opinion. It is also likely that opinions are as strong when the name “Kanye” is mentioned. Both are incredibly outspoken and bold characters, having offered many reasons over the years for people to have strong opinions about them.
Kanye West, who now goes by “YE,” recently performed his new song, “I Love It” on Saturday Night Live. The 40-year old rapper was dressed up as a large water bottle during his performance, but later changed out of costume and into his regular clothing accessorized with a Make America Great Again hat. He then performed his song, “Ghost Town” in this attire.
The performance wasn’t what stirred up discussion, anger and controversy throughout Twitter and other social media. After his performance, the Trump enthusiast delivered a bold and unexpected speech on his current political stance.
He started off by singing, “I wanna cry right now. Black man in America, you’re supposed to keep what you feel inside right now. And the liberals bully you and tell you what you can and cannot wear, where you and they can’t not stare. And they look at me and say, ‘It’s not fair. How the hell did you get here?’ Well…”
He then carried on by saying that backstage he was being told to not go out onto the stage with “that hat on.” He also said that he was constantly asked how he could possibly support President Trump when so many people accuse him of being racist. West defended himself by saying, “If someone inspires me and I connect with them, I don’t have to believe in all they policies.”
Luckily, comedian Chris Rock recorded the whole performance on his Instagram since most of it got cut from the show due to time constraints. West was still talking when Saturday Night Live’s credits began to roll and the band played.
In Rock’s video, you can hear audience members boo-ing and shouting explicit words and phrases about President Trump. West continued his rant by saying that 90 percent of news, writers, rappers and Los Angeles are liberal and that it’s easy for things to appear one-sided. West then thanked everyone for unintentionally giving him a platform to speak —as he has done in the past, West used his stardom and power to behave in an unexpected manner.
President Trump later tweeted, “Like many, I don’t watch Saturday Night Live (even though I past hosted it) – no longer funny, no talent or charm. It is just a political ad for the Dems. Word is that Kanye West, who put on a MAGA hat after the show (despite being told “no”), was great. He’s leading the charge!”
President Trump wasn’t alone in his positive opinion on West’s actions, one person in the crowd that night at SNL shouted, “I love you Kanye!”
With which West responded with, “I love me too!”