As a teen of the 70’s, I pounced upon rock music voraciously, probably advancing a serious hearing loss matter in the process. As I’ve not gone totally deaf yet, I continue to vigorously enjoy the music of my youth. I guess I’m just wired that way.
Having said that, I would rather get a hemorrhoidectomy than listen to even one minute of rap music. (I don’t like Country either, so don’t go there.) Rap music grates on me like fingernails on a blackboard, much as I suppose my father thought the first time he found me grooving to Grandfunk Railroad. Today, proving God has a sense of humor, my son greatly enjoys rap music.
Therefore, I have never listened to a Kanye West song in my life, and doubt I would recognize him, even if he was standing next to his alluring wife. (Can I say “his alluring wife” out loud?) My son tells me Mr. West is pretty much the king of rap music. I have seen his picture on the news a few times, usually scowling at the camera-person. (I only said “person” in case I made a politically incorrect faux pas in a prior sentence.)
Mr. West was hurled wall-to-wall into my news watching schedule recently for favorable tweets he made towards President Trump. Full disclosure, I have a Twitter account, but have no idea how to get into it, nor have I ever tweeted. So, I didn’t receive the tweets, I only heard what was said. I do, however, receive President Trump’s numerous tweets via email daily and am starting to wish I knew how to turn them off.
With Kanye’s tweets, the collective heads of the entire entertainment world, as well as the rest of the Left, seems to have exploded. Gray matter and blood hangs everywhere like moss. Bricks are falling off buildings. Mothers are taking their kids off the streets.
How dare Mr. West say anything respectful about President Trump? That is simply not acceptable to those Left of center. He must immediately atone for his sin. And of course, when you’re young, rich, and the world is your oyster, you do the logical thing…you double-down to defend yourself. Which Kanye did. It didn’t help matters any either when Roseanne chimed in.
About this time, you’re thinking, well there goes Webber again, disparaging those on the Left and trumpeting those on the Right. You watch, he is going to say something about how Kanye came to his senses or finally has seen the light. He has been saved.
I have no idea what prompted Kanye to issue those tweets, whether they were how he really felt, or if he was just seeking attention. (President Trump un-presidentially ate it up!) My guess…it was a little of both. If he ever was, or just became a Conservative, Kanye is certainly welcome with open arms as would just about anyone else. Well, except for Nancy Pelosi.
Having said that, my major news source, Fox News, seemed almost giddy about the tweets. Something inside me was uncomfortable with Fox’s fawning. It seemed as if Mr. West was being played like a volleyball by both the Right and the Left. It wasn’t so much his actual message that was being considered by anyone, but the position on the totem pole everyone thought the entertainer maintained. The Left acted as if the man had abdicated his throne. The Right acted as if he was some sort of wizard that was going to show them the answers to alchemy.
The fact is, he is neither. He is just one man with evidently entirely too much influence over the lives of other people. Jeez, folks, get a life.
I happen to like the music of Roger Waters and Bruce Springsteen, two far Left leaning loons, in my opinion. I listen to them at high decibels because of their music, not their political views. I also do not attend their concerts or buy their merchandise. That will teach them to publicly dis my president!
My understanding is Mr. West is pretty talented at what he does. So is a seal balancing a ball on his nose in a circus. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder – it explains why my wife likes me. Kanye’s surprising comments are not going to change deep-seated attitudes of mainstream black folks or adoring millennial's towards Conservatism any more than me convincing Liberals to agree with my commentaries. When it comes to politics, people vote/think more with their heart or pocketbook than they do their head.
The point is, regardless of where you stand on an issue, having entertainers on your side neither vanquishes or validates your position whatsoever.