Anyone with a television or an internet connection is aware that George Bush (43rd President of the USA, commander-in-chief during Katrina, 9/11 and
the cause of the nations largest economic downturn since the Great Depression), was recently quoted as saying that Kanye West, an entertainer, was the cause of one of his lowest presidential moments while he was in office. This sentiment is due to Wests live, famously spewed words: “George Bush doesn’t care about Black people.”
Well, Kanye, having heard Bush’s recent remarks (and devoted to his recent image-makeover), took to The Today Show this week to address it. While I can understand ‘Ye’s frustration with Matt Lauer to a certain degree (see video), he shouldn’t have been there in the first place. The Bush matter certainly isn’t the “Kanye moment” from which Mr. West should retreat.
Furthermore, he defeated his nice-guy purpose when the REAL Kanye reared his irrepressible little head (“I didn’t need you guys to show me the tape in order to prompt my emotion…I don’t need all the jazz…can we be quiet for second? Yo, how am I supposed to talk when you’re gonna run this thing in the middle while I’m talking?”).
Look, some may think that Kanye’s choice to allude to George Bush being a racist was poorly timed, distasteful and irresponsible, but I beg to differ. He’s an entertainer, not a politician and vocal entertainers have historically been the catalyst for change in our country. Kanye’s words may not have helped to mend racial divides, but it certainly called our most powerful public servant to the mat and compelled him to take action.
No need for sorry’s Mr. West. We owe you one.