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Is Kanye West Going Crazy?

October 22, 2013 by  
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(ThyBlackMan.com) Mocks Jesus and Sells Confederate Flag T-shirts During Yeezus…

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Who exactly is Kanye West trying to please? Apparently, during the kickoff show of his new “Yeezus” tour in Seattle this past Saturday, West debuted some pretty outlandish “material”—on and off the stage.

Onstage

According to numerous reports, West’s two-hour show included:

Him wearing numerous face masks;

Religious images projecting on the screens;

West being carried by 12 women (also masked) in sheer body suits; and

A sixty-foot high mountain top set where Kanye belted out numerous hits, and at one point, where the women came out in pairs carrying “religious iconography,” such as the Virgin Mary, a swinging thurible spewing incense, and a crucifix.EXCLUSIVE: Kanye West face to face with Jesus Christ during Yeezus Tour

But what had everyone talking was the “guest of honor” Kanye decided to bring out. At one point, an imitation Jesus—a white man with long brown hair clad in white cloth—appeared on stage.

Reports say that Kanye West removed his mask, saying: 

“White Jesus, is that you?” West asked. “Oh, s–t!”

West allegedly said he’d been looking for Jesus, and “Jesus” responded that he’d been there all along. Later the fake Jesus “ascended” to the mountain top, joining the rapper.

Offstage

West’s concert merchandise also has people talking. He’s selling t-shirts displaying confederate flags, skulls, and skeletons. One design shows a skull with a waving confederate flag behind it, another has a skeleton wearing an Indian headdress with the caption “God Wants You,” while a tote with just the confederate flag is apparently for sale.

Masks, fake Jesus, confederate flags and skulls: Again I ask, who exactly is Kanye West trying to appeal to?

I know his current album has the “Black Skinhead” song, but what exactly is Kanye trying to accomplish? What message is he trying to send? And to whom?

Historically, a skinhead (especially a white power skinhead) was typically someone with a shaved or closely shaven/cut head who was a part of a group promoting racist and/or white supremacist beliefs.

How did we go from hearing him ask Jesus to walk with him to Kanye West rapping about being a skinhead? Or him dropping knowledge in his late registration days—we’ll buy a lot of clothes but we don’t really need em, things we buy to cover up what’s inside (All Falls Down)—to foolishly telling people not to play with God while simultaneously saying I am a god?

Even in his skinhead song, which has a very disturbing video, Kanye raps, “They say I’m possessed/ it’s an omen.” You’re wearing masks and kilts and calling yourself yeezus and then you wonder why people are questioning your spiritual and mental state?

Now, don’t get me wrong, I hear what some folks say. Oh, it’s innovative; it’s creative; Kanye is a genius and thinks outside the box.

There’s nothing wrong with switching things up and no one said that ALL rappers have to look and dress like XYZ. But let’s be serious: The man put a confederate flag on his concert merchandise. He is promoting the confederate flag people; whose approval is he really trying to gain? Because I can tell you one thing: No one African American I know has that flag hanging from their porches (not even a great deal of younger whites). And while there’s nothing wrong with aiming to appeal to a broader audience, do we disrespect our core (and most likely first supporting) audience in the process? An audience we ourselves are a part of?

Many in the south see this flag as a proud part of their heritage, but it also represents slavery and segregation. And the Southern Poverty Law Center reported that more than 500 extremist groups currently use the Southern Cross found on the confederate flag as one of their symbols. It obviously doesn’t symbolize unity, love and equality Mr. West.

Kanye West continues to disrespect Christianity by not only bringing out a mock Jesus but cursing when he speaks to him. Not to mention his entire tour is named after his blasphemous album title.

Promoting the confederate flag, continuing to mock God: I just have to ask once more, Is Kanye going crazy? What will the rapper do next to add even more shock value and blatantly disrespect groups all in the name of “art”?

Do you think Kanye West has gone too far? Or is he truly a creative artist? Share your thoughts below!

Staff Writer; Shala Marks

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Service is her passion, writing is her platform, women and the Black Community are her avenues. Shala Marks is a writer, editor and soon-to-be author. Through her work, Marks aspires to demonstrate “The Craft of Writing, and the Art of Efficacy.” She has a B.A. in journalism from Arizona State University. Connect with her over at http://www.ShalaMarks.com.

 


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13 Responses to “Is Kanye West Going Crazy?”
  1. babygirl says:

    Kanye is crazy and that is all to it. You can say it’s art, but you don’t play with Jesus or God.

  2. jd says:

    ” West’s concert merchandise also has people talking. He’s selling t-shirts displaying confederate flags, skulls, and skeletons. One design shows a skull with a waving confederate flag behind it, another has a skeleton wearing an Indian headdress with the caption “God Wants You,” while a tote with just the confederate flag is apparently for sale.
    Masks, fake Jesus, confederate flags and skulls: Again I ask, who exactly is Kanye West trying to appeal to? ”

    I think the First T-shirt represents the death to the confederate flag like racism is dead , and i think the second T-shirt represents that indians got killed by the colonists for manifest destiny because it was “gods will”

  3. Julie says:

    This is not art, grief, excess, power, money have created a potent delusional world for this man, fuelled now by a narcissist wife. Will all end in tears, reality bites and he will come crashing down. What he does then will be the measure of the man.

  4. Anne says:

    I can easily believe that his mother’s tragic death had a devastating effect on him. However, he’s 36 years old, so he’s been living long enough to know better than to do the things he’s been doing. I’m also quite sure that he makes millions, but he has lost his soul somehow in the process. That business about the confederate flags wins first prize when it comes to outlandishly stupid behavior. The thing is, he is now a father and he has an enormous responsibility to acquaint his daughter with the history of this country, warts and all, which includes honest discussions about the racism slavery both stemmed from and perpetuated. While money can shield people from the most egregious examples of racism, it does not guarantee complete insulation from it. He also seems to be trying to court attention by saying utterly stupid remarks, like the one to the effect that his wife is more “famous” than Michelle Obama.

  5. Shala Marks says:

    Thanks everyone for reading and creating a good discussion.

    @ Perfecto: You wrote: And you are saying it is a mockery for a man to Play white Jesus? When all your life, and grandparents lives you have looked at a image of a blonde haired blue eyed white man and associated that with a divine entity?

    No, I wasn’t saying it’s a mockery for anyone to play Jesus; the mockery, in my obvious opinion, is HOW Kanye is openly disrespecting a divine figure to Christians. By saying, “White Jesus, is that you? Oh sh–!” is blatant disrespect when Kanye knows a part of Christianity is purity and refraining from profanity. I was saying he’s mocking what Christians believe and respect as pure and sacred by addressing “Jesus” in such a disrespectful manner. It has nothing to do with the actor’s skintone.

    For the record,I nor my grandparents have ever envisioned a blonde, blue-eyed white man when it comes to Jesus; so again, his ethnicity has nothing to do with my opinion of how Kanye is mocking Christianity.

    As always, I appreciate you (and everyone) expressing your opinions!

  6. J_Speaks says:

    So what you are saying, @Perfecto, is that the only way to lessen the sting of obvious black oppression is by using the words and images, once used against us, as a form of empowerment? Do we as black folk not have a better way of expressing ourselves and fighting against injustice? The black race has gotten lazy and no longer uses their own words and thoughts to stand up, instead we socially plagiarize past prejudice and act as if its working in our favor. We are taking that Christmas gift that we hated, re-wrapping it and slapping a fancy bow on it to disguise its original purpose, while we sit back and grin because we are “sticking it to the man”. We have to dig deeper than that if we want to see change.

    As for the religious side of things, people no longer fear God, or anything at that matter and Kanye has no problem putting his soul on the line to make that “all mighty dollar”. In my opinion, Kanye is using the mockery and self referral as a god to sell his music. Just because he’s not talking about cocaine and murder in every line does not make his music positive. I see our music has become so terrible that Kanye is considered conscious. Now that’s crazy!

    You can disguise his music all you want as an art-form of Hip Hop, but more people buy his music to see what crazy thing he will say next not because its more positive than the rest. Money is his motivation and his listeners are the fuel for him to go as crazy as he will allow himself to.

  7. green says:

    I thought skinheadism emerged among the black dock workers in britain 30 or so years ago.
    As for kanye…judgement is waiting….

  8. Perfecto says:

    And you are saying it is a mockery for a man to Play white Jesus?
    When all your life, and grandparents lives you have looked at a image of a blonde haired blue eyed white man and associated that with a divine entity?

    You have not been initiated, or introduced to the world as it currently stands.

    Dont you think its a mockery to God for man to actually believe a human is the only way to paradise?

  9. Perfecto says:

    So let me get this straight….

    You, Ms Shala Marks have an issue with Kanye’s Mockery of religion right?

    Without highlighting the overall message of Kanyes music, your emotional attachment to your religion places a veil over your eyes to what kanye represents. If you listen, kanye consistently speaks on black empowerment, and upliftment. He addresses issues of politics and injustice, yet you are worried about his satirical art form?

    The use of the confederate flag is a message to those that use it as a symbol for white power. Telling them that we don’t care about your racist ideals. The religious symbolism is implied because its a stimulation of awareness, to show people that they are contained by things they do not understand. And that all people are creators, and are in control of their own lives.

    Now in comparison to other artists in the spotlight, his choice of content is very positive and revolutionary. It is not negative, heavily doused in cocaine rap, and murder. Not demeaning to women, only personal and introspective in his personal view of women.

    It is crazy that i consistently find people ridiculing the positive, and embracing the negative.

  10. With the Real so called christian Mega church pimping their congregation, Kanye will get to heaven before them. Organized christanity has become a joke, and if the Bible is true, Jesus will whipped their asses wayyy before Kanye’s.

  11. Northern_Magnolia says:

    Kanye West is not crazy; he is basically following the logic of The Gospel of Hop Hop (along with Jay Z and Beyoncé). KRS-One basically explained that hip-hop is a religion that will replace Christianity and all others — but particularly Christianity, which teaches that there is one Mediator between God and man, namely, the Lord Jesus Christ. But for this “religion” to be mistaken true gospel, its “prophets” must exalt themselves in the eyes of their followers at the expense of the Lord Jesus Christ — and Kanye West has been following this track in his latest work, now openly mocking Christ. However, to do that is to deal with the devil (all the way back to Genesis 3, the devil has been telling the lie that man can be equal with his Creator, and mankind has been swallowing it), and so I am not surprised to see that Mr. West’s sense of good and evil has slipped to the point that he may not see a problem with promoting and profiting from the Confederate flag and Skull and Bones imagery.

    Kanye West is not crazy — not strictly so, anyway. But, a read through Romans 1:28-32 may prove instructive and clarifying:

    Romans 1:28-32

    28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

    29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,

    30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

    31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:

    32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

    Kanye West has perhaps not filled out that terrible list entirely, but the pattern is manifesting…

  12. Nina Bell says:

    I think he is an artist, considering the great work he used to do – but Yes I think he is suffering from some disorder now. Even if it is a disorder brought on by ego and power, which our culture seems to overlook. I don’t think this is art. Art is continuous, makes sense even in its senselessness. This is a lot of mess thrown together for shock value. That is not art.

  13. toomanygrandkids says:

    If I’m not mistaken, Kanye began displaying outlandish behavior after his mother’s passing. If she was still alive, I believe that he wouldn’t be acting like this. She would definitely tell him a thing or two. Kanye doesn’t really have anyone to guide him. He does whatever he wants and however he wants. He doesn’t have to answer to anyone nor explain his actions. As long as his concerts sell out and he makes his millions, Kanye doesn’t give a damn what people think.

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