American rapper and designer, Kanye West announced four years ago, that he planned on running for President of the United States, and you all laughed and thought he was joking. Well, he wants you to know that he’s really serious about it.
The rapper was recently interviewed at the Fast Company Innovation Festival, where he was asked about his presidential aspirations, and whether he still intends to make a play for it in the future.
“We would have created so many jobs, I’m not going to run, I’m going to walk. What I’m saying is, when y’all read the headlines, ‘Kanye’s crazy, this and that.’ It’s like, one in three African Americans are in jail and all the celebrities are in jail also because they can’t say nothing. They got no opinion. They’re so scared. Even after this, Imma get in the car I’mma be like . Feeling like how I felt at the telethon after I said George Bush doesn’t care about black—you know what I’m sayin’?”, he said.
The 42-year-old father of four who was joined on stage by his Yeezy collaborator Steven Smith also stated that he might change his name to ‘Christian Genius Billionaire Kanye West’, he said,
“When people say it’s crass to call yourself a billionaire, I say I might legally change my name to Christian Genius Billionaire Kanye West for a year until y’all understand exactly what it is,” he said. “It will be on the license plate.”
West also said he believes African American voters are treated as a “demographic” alone, something he said he has experienced as an African American fashion designer.
“As black designers out of America, you can’t have an opinion,” he said. “You can only be the consumer… you can only be a demographic.”
“And that a boardroom says ‘this is the black demographic…This is who you’re supposed to vote on,” he continued. “This is what you’re supposed to buy. This is your Popeye’s chicken sandwich you’re supposed to eat on. I have seen the boardroom and back. And it’s completely the concept of a demographic.”
Here is the real question – could America deal with a Kanye presidency, or would he make Donald Trump feel like a walk in the park?
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