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Kanye West sparked controversy when he went off on pro-Trump rant following his recent performance on “Saturday Night Live”.

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We Miss The Old Kanye

West wearing a MAGA hat in support of Trump. (WREG Channel 3 News)

West wearing a MAGA hat in support of Trump. (WREG Channel 3 News)

West wearing a MAGA hat in support of Trump. (WREG Channel 3 News)

West wearing a MAGA hat in support of Trump. (WREG Channel 3 News)

Annie Culbert, Staff Writer

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Kanye West. He is known for his countless hit rap songs, being married to Kim Kardashian, and starting his own clothing brand. However, he might be most well known for going on inaccurate and extremely offensive political rampages whenever he is given a platform to share his (entirely uneducated) opinions. From interrupting Taylor Swift’s speech at the 2008 VMA’s to his pro-Trump babbling while wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat after his performance on the 44th season premiere of “Saturday Night Live”, West has proven time and time again that he can not be trusted to keep his damaging opinions to himself.

“Saturday Night Live” cast member Pete Davidson was chosen to deliver a response to West’s inappropriate speech during a segment of the show called “Weekend Update” the week after the premiere. Davidson, who has been open about his personal struggles with mental health in the past, did not disappoint with his signature candid attitude and ability to make solid points while making his audience laugh. His response brought the usual SNL method of making light of bad situations to the Kanye West debacle.

Following the outrage that occurred after his rant, West scrambled to excuse his words and actions. West also proudly wore his “Make America Great Again” hat during his last performance. “[West] started by saying that people backstage tried to bully him into not wearing it. He wore it all week. No one told him not to wear it,” Davidson said. “I wish I bullied him. I wish I had suggested it might upset people. Like your wife, or every black person ever.”

“Take ‘em. There’s no shame in the medicine game,” Davidson said. He urged West to go back on his meds. The stigma around taking medication to help manage mental health problems is widespread and affects the most famous people perhaps more intensely. However, being mentally ill is not an excuse for inappropriate behavior that affects many and influences all of his fans.

“‘How could you support Trump? He’s racist.’ Well if I was concerned about racism, I would have moved out of America a long time ago. We don’t just make our decisions off of racism. I’ma break it down to you right now: If someone inspires me and I connect with them, I don’t have to believe in all their policies.” West said. West displays an utter lack of knowledge in basic politics. He also fails to recognize that supporting a political candidate means being complicit in the things that they do wrong, such as potentially damaging laws, mocking the less powerful, and spreading racism, sexism, and homophobia, among other things.

Freedom of speech does not mean that people should say extremely offensive things, especially if people look up to them and will believe what they say, even if it is false.

West, while spreading an agenda of “love”, supports a man who disrespects women, people of color, the mentally and physically disabled, and LGBTQ people on almost a daily basis. Trump’s continued racism should have absolutely no place in today’s society, yet West chooses to support the man who thinks of himself as better than others based on the color of his skin, claiming it does not matter.

West briefly deleted his Instagram and Twitter pages following the incident at SNL, but came back shortly after.

With West’s return to social media came a too-little too-late apology on Twitter that he has been “used”and that he is “distancing himself from politics”.

The world has laughed at Kanye West, enjoying his antics and simultaneously encouraging his erratic behavior. If people stop letting celebrities that are not educated in social issues, current events, or just overall common sense influence their political decisions, then maybe today’s society can grow to become more peaceful.

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