Kanye West sparked an angry backlash by tweeting his admiration for a black far-right media personality and the way she ‘thinks’ on Saturday.
The rapper endorsed YouTube personality Candace Owen, a woman who is known for her controversial views on racism.
‘I love the way Candace Owens thinks,’ he said on Saturday morning.
Kanye West appeared to endorse YouTube personality Candace Owen, a woman who is known for her controversial views on racism
‘I love the way Candace Owens thinks,’ he said on Saturday morning
He would follow up with ‘only free thinkers’ a few moments after the first tweet.
The original tweet quickly gained traction as over 32,000 people liked the post and another 10,200 retweeted it.
I’m freaking out. @kanyewest ….please take a meeting with me. I tell every single person that everything that I have been inspired to do, was written in your music,’ Owens said on Twitter sharing West’s post.
He would follow up with ‘only free thinkers’ a few moments after the first tweet
I’m freaking out. @kanyewest ….please take a meeting with me. I tell every single person that everything that I have been inspired to do, was written in your music,’ Owens said on Twitter sharing West’s post
‘I am my own biggest fan, because you made it okay. I need you to help wake up the black community.’
Owens is a known conservative, who is known for proudly bashing Black Lives Matter while singing praises of President Donald Trump.
An ardent opponent to ‘social justice warriors’, she has gained million of followers for her videos on Facebook.
She was recently tapped to be far-right group Turning Point USA’s director of urban engagement.
‘Bingo,’ Roseanne Barr asserted, sharing the tweet
‘I love that Kanye West loves the way that Candace Owens thinks,’ said Scott Presler
Conservative writer Richard Armande Mills added: ‘Kanye West tweeted that he “likes the way Candace Owens thinks.” I have legitimate tears in my eyes. For a hip-hop artist with a platform like West’s to promote and align with a strong conservative like @RealCandaceO. I’m in awe. This is amazing. My morning is made’.
But a vast majority of those familiar with both Owens and Wests work were disgusted by the tweets and the increase of trolls that seemed to appear on the rapper’s following tweets.
‘Candace Owens has proven to be anti-Black, anti-LGBTQ and fact-hating. (Honestly, there are so many more descriptors.) For Kanye to align himself with her is messy and dangerous,’ said writer Raquel Willis.
‘Would literally any other Candace Owens please stand up,’ said Micah Peters.
Another user added: ‘”I love the way Candace Owens thinks.”At the time, few people understood how prescient Obama was when he referred to Kanye West as a “jackass”. Kanye West is the black Donald Trump.’