Entertainment

Kanye West Is Backing Away from Politics: ‘I’ve Been Used’

Rapper is now saying he has nothing to do with Blexit — declares he'll focus only on creative endeavors

Image Credit: Mark Wilson / Timothy A. Clary / Getty Images

Rapper Kanye West appears to be done with politics.

The Trump-supporting musician took to Twitter on Tuesday afternoon to distance himself from at least some of his recent previous right-leaning statements.

“My eyes are now wide open and now realize I’ve been used to spread messages I don’t believe in. I am distancing myself from politics and completely focusing on being creative !!!” West tweeted.

Before that tweet, West also distanced himself from conservative commentator Candace Owens, who recently launched the Blexit fashion line.

Owens described the fashion line as a movement encouraging b’ack Americans to break away from the Democratic Party. West was previously thought to have been partially behind Blexit — but he’s now saying that is not the case.

“I introduced Candace to the person who made the logo and they didn’t want their name on it, so she used mine. I never wanted any association with Blexit. I have nothing to do with it,” he said.

Owens had previously tried to clear up West’s involvement with Blexit.

“I said on stage that my friend and fellow superhero helped me design the ‘X’ for BLEXIT,” she wrote on Twitter on Monday. “BLEXIT is a project that is mine entirely. I am blessed that Ye introduced me to a designer who despite having totally different beliefs than me, helped me craft some beautiful letters that I used on the BLEXIT caps.”

West also tweeted out a handful of political statements earlier on Tuesday, which now seem to have been his way of clearing up his political beliefs.

“I support creating jobs and opportunities for people who need them the most, I support prison reform, I support common-sense gun laws that will make our world safer,” read one tweet.

Another said, “I support those who risk their lives to serve and protect us and I support holding people who misuse their power accountable. I believe in love and compassion for people seeking asylum and parents who are fighting to protect their children from violence and war.”

Yet another said, “I would like to thank my family, loved ones, and community for supporting my ACTUAL beliefs and my vision for a better world.”

West had been increasingly politically outspoken before this and supportive of the current sitting president.

He recently met with President Donald Trump at the White House to discuss mental health treatment and prison reform.

Before that, West had appeared on “Saturday Night Live,” wearing a Make America Great Again hat and calling it his “Superman cape.”

While it’s never a surprise to see an artist back off from expressing conservative views in the very left-leaning Hollywood, Kanye West’s latest statements bring a fair amount of shock and disappointment.

This is a man who literally has access to the president of the United States. He can — and was — helping to push the cultural needle on issues like prison reform. He never once said he was a through-and-through conservative; so to see him now publicly give leftists exactly what they want is a bit of a letdown.

Some big questions are hanging in the air now about West.

  • Will he talk politics again?
  • Will he meet with the president a second time?
  • Will he abandon his talk of a potential run for president?

Only one thing is certain with Kanye West at this point: It’s impossible to ever know what he will do next.

Check out the video below about West’s recent White House visit:

Join the Discussion

COMMENTS POLICY: We have no tolerance for messages of violence, racism, vulgarity, obscenity or other such discourteous behavior. Thank you for contributing to a respectful and useful online dialogue.