It’s been a strange time for Kanye West fans. In San Jose last Thursday, he announced to the thousands of concert-goers that he didn’t vote in this election, but if he did, he would’ve voted for President-elect Donald Trump.
Kanye West tonight speaking on racism in America. “Specifically to black people, stop talking about race so much.” pic.twitter.com/HTWlJgdq7E
— Brandon E. Patterson (@myblackmindd) November 18, 2016
The following Saturday in Sacramento, after arriving 90 minutes late, West performed only 2 songs before walking out on fans. But not before a rant against corporate radio, Google, Facebook, Jay Z and Beyoncé, of course.
Then last night, he went on a strange Instagram binge, posting 99 out of focus images from what appears to be vintage Maison Margiela lookbooks.
Today, according to a statement from Live Nation, the rest of his Saint Pablo tour is officially cancelled.
Naturally, the Trump support has left the Internet unamused.
I miss the old Kanye. pic.twitter.com/8bQNScmnm0
— Ronald Rios (@ronaldrios) November 18, 2016
Kanye: “I didn’t vote.”
Kanye to Kanye: “tell them if you did tho, it would’ve been for Trump.” pic.twitter.com/hazn0E0Wmr
— Kanye Doing Things (@KanyeDoingStuff) November 18, 2016
Trump: “look at my African American over there”
— Moe Alayan (@MoeAlayan) November 18, 2016
Kanye don’t wanna discuss racism but he wants to discuss how Tidal and apple are separating us.
— DADITO CALDERONE (@TAXSTONE) November 18, 2016
I miss the old kanye
the pro black kanye
never late kanye
Bush is racist kanye
I hate the new kanye
dismiss racism kanye
support trump kanye
— ϟcandace♡ (@basedlightskin) November 21, 2016
Me: Kanye 2020
– voted for trump
-doesn’t believe in racism
— Tyler Savage (@TylerLCSavage) November 20, 2016
Kanye is that really creative friend you want to support to death but one day they total your car.https://t.co/DvZkA9z4PA
— artificialdeath.flac (@hyped_resonance) November 18, 2016
Some people are even burning their Saint Pablo tour merch, to no avail:
For an artist who has been so vocal about racism in the past, it’s a shame that that West seemingly now believes it’s no longer a topic worth discussing. Will people be burning their Yeezys like they did their New Balances? Let’s hold off till the official statement.