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In defense of Kanye West (with all due respect to US Bank)

In defense of Kanye West (with all due respect to US Bank)
By Byron Crawford • Issue #454 • View online
If there’s one thing we don’t do, as a community, it’s turn our back on one of our own.
When OJ Simpson was framed for the murder of his ex-wife and the restaurant waiter she was making sweet, passionate love to, we stood by his side. When the jury announced the verdict, we celebrated as if we were personally involved.
I didn’t even start listening to R. Kelly until after the Pee Tape dropped.
When we needed Kanye West to snatch the microphone from Taylor Swift at the VMAs and declare that Beyoncé is the superior artist (which isn’t true), he was there for us. Now it’s time for us to be there for him.
This week, Kanye lost everything, just because he went on Instagram and threatened to go “death con 3” on Jewish people and then expanded on those remarks on a very special episode of Drink Champs. He lost deals with Adidas, the GAP, Vogue, Balenciaga and CAA.
Even Def Jam, which didn’t drop Public Enemy after Professor Griff declared that Jewish people are responsible for most bad things that ever happened (a mathematical improbability, given their population size), announced that they’re no longer in business with Kanye.
Does this mean that Pusha T is no longer the fake president of G.O.O.D. Music? Fortunately, he can always fall back on being the world’s most epic coke dealer.
On Monday, Kanye was a billionaire. By Wednesday, he was being forcefully ejected from the Skechers building after showing up “unannounced and uninvited.” He probably couldn’t even get a deal with Ray J’s line of Alibaba-sourced consumer electronics, despite the two of them being Eskimo brothers.
JP Morgan Chase shut down his bank account, apparently unconcerned with the optics of The Banks being the first one to respond when someone made inappropriate remarks about The Jews.
If Kanye can’t get an account at one of the banks in Switzerland where they stored the gold from Jewish people’s teeth during the Holocaust, maybe he can get an account at Killer Mike’s bank. My play cousin is known to be open-minded, and he’s also on the outs with the black community, as discussed in this week’s Members Only™ edition.
It’s been suggested, by some of the most incisive minds on Black People Twitter, that Kanye intentionally got himself disowned by literally everyone except Lord Jamar because he was trying to get out of his deal with Adidas. He’s playing chess, they say, not checkers.
Now he can sell his own shoes and keep all the money, instead of whatever tiny percentage Adidas was paying him. In a recent appearance on Good Morning America, he admitted that Sway did in fact have the answer.
The deal he had with Adidas must not have been any good, if they could drop him like a bad habit (for no good reason, some would argue), retain ownership of the shoes he designed for them, continue to sell them without paying him anything and not even pay him the money they already owe him. Who ever heard of some shit like that?
If you get fired from your job at McDonald’s for routinely propping open the back door to smoke a Newport while cars line up in the drive-thru and out onto the street, I’m pretty sure they still let you come up there and pick up your last paycheck.
Kanye’s remarks about the Jews were at least partially untrue, but two wrongs don’t make a right—and you’d think that black people, as the true Biblical Jews, would be especially sensitive to issues having to do with forced, uncompensated labor.

 

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