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Kanye West broke twitter and the internet this week and the left-world turned upside down.
All started with this words: “I love the way Candace Owens thinks.”
If you didn’t know who Candace Owens was, don't be ashamed, many people haven't even heard of her until Kanye's tweet. She’s the 28-year-old African-American communications director for Turning Point USA, a conservative youth nonprofit funded by a network of wealthy, right-leaning business owners. That means that Candace Owens is the counter-stereotype of the Left-wing Democrat African American in the USA. She is not the racial cliché the left love exploiting in the Media, and that is why Kanye's tweet (who is an African American hip-hop artist) was so controversial.
One might think that Kanye West and Donald Trump were in the opposite sides of the political arena, mainly because of the constructed stereotypes we have in our heads, but the mobilization caused by a single tweet is the ultimate confirmation of the Mediatization of Politics.
Kanye's shout-out to Owens was just the first shot of a Twitter fusillade that came later and saw him express admiration for not just the president, but progressive boogeymen from Peter Thiel to the cartoonist Scott Adams. Not need to say that Kanye's crusade delighted the right, mortified the left and dominated everyone else’s newsfeed, whether they welcomed it or not.
The left and media sympathizers quickly attacked Kanye for breaking with the political status quo and later that day, his political views were not anymore since a new battle were about to start: Political Individualism.
“You don’t have to agree with trump but the mob can’t make me not love him,” West wrote in one of over 50 posts over the course of the day, including a picture of a #MAGA hat signed by the president. “We are both dragon energy. He is my brother. I love everyone. I don’t agree with everything anyone does. That’s what makes us individuals. And we have the right to independent thought.”
And he is right, why someone would disagree that we are all individuals and we don't need to be part of a collective group to have our ideas and thoughts recognized as legit. We can break the barriers and the stereotypes and think for ourselves. That is what the Right wing is about, and what I constantly defend in liberalism.
Of course, Kanye didn't need me to defend him. Kim Kardashian, Kanye's wife, came to rescue: “Kanye will never run in the race of popular opinion and we know that and that’s why I love him and respect him.” She also said, “He’s a free thinker, is that not allowed in America? Because some of his ideas differ from yours you have to throw in the mental health card? That’s just not fair.” In a drop mic tweet, Chance the rapper, a close friend to Kanye tweeted the killing shot in the heart of the left: “Black people don’t have to be Democrats,”
When West simply tweets “2024” it may seem like an ongoing gag or provocation, and in all likelihood it is. But in his equating media savvy with leadership, and controversy with noble independence, he’s proven himself a rare equal of the current president — and a reminder of the distorted incentives at the heart of the Trump-dominated media cycle.