Douche of the Week: Kanye West
By RU Rob
I hesitated to write anything about this story. Mostly because, well…labeling Kanye West a douchebag is…
Every time I see Kanye in the news or hear some of his “music,” I feel old. And I don’t just mean old in the sense of a number, but in that Clint Eastwood-in-Gran-Torino kind of old, whereby I just want to sit on my porch and shoot people for being stupid.
Essentially everything Kanye West does makes me feel that way, so when I saw the headline this week about him likening his time on stage to the danger of a police officer or a soldier, I didn’t give it much thought. I mean, it’s Kanye West. Of course he’s a poon bagel.
Then I took the time to not only read the article that quoted West’s fantasy-land statement, but also some other gems of knowledge that he has shared with the world. Take a look:
“I was put in a classification of ‘just’ a celebrity. But for me, I’m a creative genius and there’s just no other way to word it.”
“Visiting my mind is like visiting the Hermes Factory. Shit is real. You’re not going to find a chink. It’s 100,000 percent Jimi Hendrix.”
“I think what Kanye West is going to mean is something similar to what Steve Jobs means. I am, undoubtedly, you know, Steve of Internet, downtown, fashion, culture. Period. By a long jump.”
I’ll be honest, I don’t even know what that last quote means. Neither does the grammar checker on Microsoft Word. It started smoking as I wrote that. And keep in mind, those are just quotes from this year.
A couple things come to mind when I read some of his statements. First, that they make my old-man brain hurt trying to figure out what the hell he’s talking about. Second, that it’s hard to be mad at someone I feel so incredibly sorry for.
Yeah, I know; he’s got millions and tons of fans, so how could I feel sorry for him? Because he’s clearly bat-shit crazy and apparently he has no friends who have the balls to point that out.
Think about his recent statement about being on stage and how it is “like, being a police officer or something, in war or something.” Now if you or I were to say something like that, it would be about 12 seconds before one of our Ranger buddies called us and said “hey man, put the crack pipe down. That was ridiculously stupid.” But it would appear that Kanye has no such person in his life and I find that sad.
More to the point, it’s so ludicrously out of touch with reality that I wonder what kind of world he lives in. It brings up lots of questions like what color is the sky in his universe? Does the government suck there also? Is their Tom Cruise as crazy as ours?
When Kanye went on to say how he would one day tell his daughter how much he had to “fight for,” I realized that he was like a cute puppy that I just needed to pet on the head. Sure he’s slobbering on my shoes, but that’s okay because he doesn’t know any better.
Obviously anyone who does what Kanye does for a living would—if they were of sound mind—compare their living to that of a police officer or someone in “war,” so he has to be either joking or completely off his rocker. I’m going with the latter because, let’s be honest, people with a good sense of humor usually come back with a punch line.
But in Kanye’s case, he is the punch line. He has called himself a “god” and shown nothing but disrespect to our reality. He is a perfect example of how pop culture reflects everything wrong in our society and very little good.
Opinions expressed are that of the author and do not necessarily reflect that of The Rhino Den or its parent company, Ranger Up.