It didn’t even take 24 hours for some of Kanye West‘s celebrity friends and even some of his family members — namely Kylie Jenner, Khloé Kardashian, and Kourtney Kardashian — to unfollow him on Twitter after he doubled down on his support for President Donald Trump. Some of them had strong words for the “Heartless” rapper: Janelle Monáe called Kanye’s comments “bullshit,” and John Legend said artists like Kanye “can’t be blind to the truth.”
John and wife Chrissy Teigen both unfollowed Kanye in the wake of his “MAGA” tweets, Pedestrian reports, as did Harry Styles, Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna, Teyana Taylor, and Travis Scott. And even Kim Kardashian wanted her husband to clarify his stance!
On April 25, Kanye tweeted, “The mob can’t make me not love [Trump]. We are both dragon energy. He is my brother.” The 40-year-old also tweeted multiple photos of his Trump-autographed “Make America Great Again” hat. So what gives? “Kanye’s infatuated with Trump and is considering asking POTUS to be Chicago’s godfather,” a source told In Touch exclusively. “He loves, respects, and admires Trump and feels a man of his prestige and power would be a perfect influence in children’s lives.”
In the wake of Ye’s tweets, John Legend didn’t call him out by name, but he tweeted, “I imagine there’s some comfort in imagining a future without racism and projecting that onto the present. Thinking if we just deny the truth, it doesn’t exist. If history is erased, we don’t have to deal with its consequences … I love that great, brilliant artists have the power to imagine a better future. But artists can’t be blind to the truth.”
And during her apperance on Hot 97’s Ebro in the Morning, Janelle Monáe had this to say about Kanye: “I don’t agree with him … I don’t agree with him at all. I believe in free thinking, but I don’t believe in free thinking if it’s rooted in or at the expense of the oppressed. If your free thinking is used as fuel by oppressors to continue to oppress black people or minorities, I think it’s bulls–t and it’s not OK.”
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— Chris (@chrstnavelli) April 25, 2018
(Meanwhile, Jaden Smith seemed to have the simplest response of all. “False idols,” he tweeted on April 25.)
After tweeting his thoughts on Trump, Kanye revealed Kim had called him to make one thing clear. “I don’t agree with everything Trump does,” he asserted. “I don’t agree 100% with anyone but myself.”
And when it was her turn on social media, Kim denounced people making assumptions about her husband’s mental health. “He’s a free thinker. Is that not allowed in America?” the reality star wrote. “Because some of his ideas differ from yours you have to throw in the mental health card? That’s just not fair.”
She continued, “Most people (including myself) have very different feelings and opinions about this. But this is his opinion. I believe in people being able to have their own opinions, even if really different from mine. He never said he agrees with his politics.”
And Yeezy has another A-list supporter: fellow Chicago native Chance the Rapper. “Talked to him two days ago,” Chance tweeted on April 25. “He’s in a great space and not affected by folk tryna question his mental or physical health. Same Ye from the VMAs, same Ye from the telethon … Black people don’t have to be Democrats.”
We’re sure this isn’t the end of the MAGA-nificent fallout. We’ll keep you updated as more celebs react to Kanye’s ostracizing political opinions!
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