Kanye West has condemned the #MeToo movement that has spoken out against sexual assault in the entertainment industry and beyond, describing it as “mob mentality … Nineteen Eighty-Four mind control”.
During a wide-ranging almost two-and-a-half-hour interview with podcast Drink Champs, the rapper, producer and fashion mogul alluded to a recent listening party of his album Donda, when he stood on stage with Marilyn Manson, who has been accused of sexual assault and coercion by multiple women. The pair also appeared together at West’s Sunday Service, a prayer meeting, last weekend.
“All the #MeToo – like, when I sit next to Marilyn Manson … for five songs, sai, it’s like they can’t cancel a song,” West said. “They’ll hit you with the accusations or somebody who you was with 10 anni fa. And also, there’s women who’ve been through very serious things, pulled in alleys against they will – that’s different than a hug, but it’s classified as the same thing. It’s power and politics. Sai, power-hungry maniacs and just, control. This is Nineteen Eighty-Four mind control that we in. And mob mentality.”
A febbraio, Manson was accused by actor Evan Rachel Wood and four other women of a range of sexual offences, and other women have since made further accusations against him. He has denied any wrongdoing.
West has previously criticised #MeToo in his track Yikes, discussing Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons, who was accused of rape and other sexual assaults by numerous women, which Simmons denied. “Russell Simmons wanna pray for me too / I’ma pray for him ’cause he got MeToo’d”, runs the lyric.
Elsewhere in the Drink Champs interview, West uses the antisemitic stereotype of Jewish people being masters of business. Discussing Black social mobility, Egli ha detto: “I’m a community builder … but the people who have in the past been in a position of power try to separate Jay [Z] e [Damon Dash], separate my mom and my dad, separate me and Virgil [Abloh]. You see a pattern? That makes it impossible for Black Wall Street … I thought of our community growing, when we not forced to make the choice of whether or not we can afford to have a child, when we’re not forced to say, ‘I’ma have to kill this [N-word] cos he said this or this’. Sai, you never hear about Jewish on Jewish crime. They kill each other in business in a different kind of way, but not physically taking a life.”
West also claimed that he was recently held at gunpoint by a police officer in Belgium while he was wearing a full-face mask, and that he had feared for his life.
He called for Black History Month to be cancelled – continuing his earlier criticism of the commemoration – and seemed to make a veiled criticism of Kamala Harris. “I need Black Future Month, Black Positivity Month," Egli ha detto. “I’m tired of seeing us get hosed down, I’m tired of talking about slavery and how we should only be so lucky to vote for a woman we haven’t seen since the election. [Black History Month] is here to remind you of who they want us to be and not who we really are.”
He discussed his musical peers at length. He said “the worst thing I’ve ever done was sign Big Sean” and criticised him and John Legend for supporting the Democrats during West’s run for US president. He also brushed off his recent war of words with Drake, saying “I love Drake” and comparing them to a pair of sparring boxers, such as Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield.
He said he counts Damien Hirst’s formaldehyde animals among his “top five favourite artworks”, saying he bought a black sheep in embalming fluid from the artist – “that’s me” – and an embalmed dove for Kim Kardashian West.
In one of numerous pronouncements about God, Egli ha detto: “We are God’s ultimate iPhone, God’s favourite creation – if Steve Jobs was God, we would be his iPhone. And we are simply programmed.”
In ottobre, West formally changed his name to Ye. He is in divorce proceedings with wife Kim Kardashian West, and told Drink Champs the paperwork was not yet finalised.