Kanye West Earns Support from Some Fellow Musicians
Many people cut ties with him over his conservative views, but now the rapper's got some new backing
When Kanye West came out in support of Candace Owens and President Donald Trump last month, his own industry was far from kind to him. However, in recent times, the rapper has found himself a couple of brave supporters. This week, pop star Christina Aguilera vouched for the pro-Trump rapper despite her being a liberal Democrat herself, according to The Hollowverse.
She told W Magazine, “Kanye, you know, he says things. His mind works in mysterious ways. I’ll just say that. I’ve always been a fan of his music … If anything, he gives with his gut. You can feel it in his beats. It’s genuine. It feels like his truth, even if it’s not going to go over well.”
“He really spoke to me [when we met],” she added. “Even in that conversation we had, he would go on about other subjects and stuff like that. But then he would kind of remind me of myself. Like, oh, OK. He just has a different way of thinking and he’ll trail off in his own thoughts. You get the sense, though, that there’s a good guy there. Sometimes we’re all just a little misunderstood.”
Aguilera demonstrated, from the above, that she seems to understand how public discourse is supposed to work in this country. She does not come off as someone who cares for Trump, but she also does not hate West simply because he likes the president.
She recognized — and accepted — that they both see the world differently. There’s no malice there; it’s a good example of how reasonable people who disagree with one another should feel about each other.
Musician John Mayer was another artist who defended West earlier in the month. He didn’t speak to the politics of West, but he defended his character.
“He’s the most creative person I’ve ever met in my life,” Mayer told Beats 1 Radio. “The veil that hangs between what you know and what you don’t in terms of creating, for him, is so freaking thin that I understand his excitement artistically. He can pull anything into existence that he wants. He is maybe the greatest summoner of creative energy. I’ve seen him do it; it’s a magic trick.”
“That is intoxicating and sometimes toxic,” he added. “Because how can you be sure what is someone’s true assessment of a boundary line and what is just another imaginary imposed boundary line? You’re just not sure where the walls are. When you’re that powerful at building the road as you go, it’s gotta be very hard to be able to trust what’s a real road block and what’s an imaginary road block. Because your whole life … as an artist … is breaking through imaginary roadblocks.”
Mayer does not come off as someone who is the least bit pro-Trump. However, he can separate West the person and West the rapper from his political views.
Unfortunately, that does not seem to be the trend in the industry. Last month, droves of artists including Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj, The Weeknd and Harry Styles cut ties with West on social media when they realized he supported Trump.
Plus, many others went out of their way to insult West because they disagreed with him. This shows that most of these leftist celebs are not even willing to discuss their ideas, nor do they want to understand why people disagree with them.
For Aguilera and even Mayer to come out and show any level of support for West in their industry certainly took courage. They could have gone with the herd mindset of the music industry and simply insulted him, or attempted to isolate him because they don’t agree with him politically. However, they seem to understand that this intolerant leftist worldview held by their peers is not healthy — even if they agree with those people on policy.
If more people thought this way in the entertainment industry, maybe they would have more fans.
Tom Joyce is a freelance writer from the South Shore of Massachusetts. He covers sports, pop culture, and politics and has contributed to The Federalist, Newsday, ESPN, and other outlets.