John Legend text messages Kanye West about his Donald Trump tweets
In the time it takes you to read this sentence, Kanye West will have tweeted 50 times. (Take his phone away, Kim!) The producer/rapper/fashion designer/philosopher-troll has returned to social media with a vengeance.
However, his latest Twitter-storm shocked fans, as he expressed his love for President Donald Trump. He even shared a photo of a autographed "Make America Great Again" baseball cap. Since Donald Trump is more divisive than pineapple pizza, he lost some supporters. A lot of celebrities unfollowed Yeezy on Twitter, including Drake, Rihanna, Chrissy Teigen and John Legend.
In one of his tweets, Kanye said, "I love the way Candace Owens thinks." Owens is a conservative pundit who argues that racism is in the past, and supporters of the Black Lives Movement and similar causes exhibit a "victim mentality." On Wednesday, Mr. Chrissy Teigen - aka singer John Legend - expressed his thoughts on the matter. John praised Kanye as a "great, brilliant artist" but said he can't be "blind to the truth" about the reality of racism.
"I imagine there's some comfort in imagining a future without racism and projecting that onto the present. Thinking if we just deny the truth, it doesn't exist. If history is erased, we don't have to deal with its consequences.
However, far too many people don't have the luxury of closing their eyes and ears. They feel it in their lives and can't act like what they see and know doesn't exist... I love that great, brilliant artists have the power to imagine a better future. But artists can't be blind to the truth."
On Thursday, Kanye tweeted a screenshot of text messages from John. Not content with his Twitter-thread, the singer decided to contact Yeezy directly, writing "I hope you reconsider aligning yourself with Trump. You're way too powerful and influential to endorse who he is and what he stands for... So many people who love you feel betrayed because they know the harm that Trump's policies cause, especially to people of color. Don't let this be a part of your legacy."
In response, Kanye got a little defensive, writing, "I love you John and I appreciate your thoughts, You bringing up my fans or my legacy is a tactic based on fear used to manipulate my free thought."
All in the all, the conversation was pretty gracious. John encouraged Kanye to "think with empathy and context" because "words and actions have consequences." And noticing that Kanye was sharing the text messages on Twitter, he took the opportunity to plug his new single, which is pretty hilarious.
Twenty minutes later, Kanye tweeted again, because of course he did. He said he shared the texts with John to "show that there are people around me that disagree with me and voice their opinion." However, he's "stand his ground" and says he's "still the kid from the telethon." (That's referring to when he said "George Bush doesn't care about black people during a live telethon, after the goverment's botched response to Hurricane Katrina.)
If you're hoping from reaction from John's wife, Chrissy Teigen, keep hoping. She said she's not saying anything about Kanye on Twitter.
But she did ask Kanye's wife, Kim Kardashian, if their dinner plans are still on.
Kim's reply? "Yes, but maybe no phones." Sounds like a good rule!