Kanye West spoke out against cancel culture in an interview in which he dubbed himself “the main person who got cancelled.”
The rapper, who goes by the name Ye, spoke in a long and extensive interview with Hollywood Unlocked that was released on Monday in which he covered topics including his split from Kim Kardashian, his unsuccessful presidential campaign as well as his he feels “used” or not. ” at Hollywood.
Of the many quotes West gave in the interview, one of the most striking came when he was asked directly about his thoughts on cancel culture as a man who has courted controversy throughout. of her career.
The artist responded very clearly by demanding that someone “cancel the culture”.
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“Cancel, cancel the culture, brother. This is from the main person who was canceled, who won’t be canceled, period,” he said.
Ye added, “You know what I’m saying? Obviously, as a celebrity, there are many people around me who can influence me and no human being is immune to their surroundings. »
He went on to explain that he thinks cancel culture places certain expectations and rails on creatives, which he says has caused a problem in his marriage.
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“There are a lot of people around Kim who can influence her, she makes certain decisions and she’s just looking for safety, a safe place to be. Because, I do these ideas. Like, if I’m the only person that’s not with Hillary, then she gets attacked so much,” he said. “Women just want security and comfort, but what she would ultimately like is that…her husband is already playing the role of what’s going on in Hollywood, but he’s not. You have Ye and I am here to improve the situation. »
Kim Kardashian previously spoke in similar terms about cancel culture and how she and West had a disagreement over his decision to wear a “Make America Great Again” hat.
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“I was very nervous. I didn’t want him to wear the red hat. I’m not much of a rule breaker,” she told journalist/writer Bari Weiss on her “Honestly” podcast in December. “I remember other people were there and it became a thing that he wasn’t going to continue because he wanted to be who he is. I am very neutral, but that night I was very forceful with him and argued with him. like, ‘You have to take that hat off.’ And now, looking back, I think, why should he take it off if that’s what he believes in? Why can’t he wear it on TV? Half the country voted for him, so clearly other people like him.
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Elsewhere in the interview, she called the cancel culture “the most ridiculous thing.”