Both Shania Twain and Kanye West found themselves facing the fanatics' reaction after expressing support for Donald Trump and right-wing YouTuber Candace Owens, respectively. The faux-pas of celebrities is never lacking, but these two in particular revealed how separate egos can make unpopular people appear galanteros, simply because it is unpopular. And their reactions to the criticisms that followed show that we need less celebrity apologies and more introspection.
In an interview with The Guardian the Canadian star Twain revealed that he would have voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 US presidential election if he could.
"I would have voted for him because, although it was offensive, he seemed honest," Twain said. "Do you want heterosexual or polite?" Not that you can not have both, if I was voting, I just do not want nonsense, I would have voted for a feeling that it was transparent, and politics has a reputation for not being that, right? recoil was quick.
In West's case, the rapper's controversy came shortly after his sudden return to Twitter. " I love how Candace Owens thinks ," Kanye tweeted, expressing support for the outspoken defender of Black Lives Matter and creator of "Red Pill Black," who describes herself as a "liberal reformed. " They were shocked and disappointed with Kanye's tweet, but seemed to respond to the initial criticism through another vague Twitter missive: "We have freedom of expression but not freedom of thought."
Twain tried to stifle his particular fire with a four-part statement via Twitter.
"I would like to apologize to anyone who has offended in a recent interview with The Guardian regarding the US president, but the question caught me off guard.As a Canadian, I regret answering this unexpected question without giving my response more context," said Twain. "I am passionately against discrimination of any kind and I hope it is clear from the choices I made, and the people I meet, that I have no common moral belief with the current President. to explain, in response to a question about the elections, that my limited understanding was that the president spoke to a part of the United States as an accessible person with whom they could identify, since he was NOT a politician "
" His unshakable belief that he is a pariah or an anomaly fuels that ever-present sense of persecution that has been his reason for being for years … "
But Kanye is very eager to play as provocateur . He made more Twitter declarations, without elaborating exactly his thoughts.
"Constantly tracing the past keeps you stuck there," he wrote on Twitter, followed by: "There was a time when slavery was the trend and, apparently, time is still on us, but now it's a mindset. Self victimization is a disease. "
The respective comments of West and Twain reveal the belief that there is a certain moral nobility in honesty in itself, regardless of how badly informed and harmful that honesty is. But the most important thing is that the revelation of the truth that Shania sees in Trump and the refusal to be repressed that West believes he is defending are selective and tendentious; Trump is not honest to the extent that his presence allows those who think like him to feel better about themselves. Kanye does not say more truth just because he says something unpopular; rather, his position is unpopular with his fanatics because he ignores his truth .
The reactions of the two stars were an interesting study in opposite ways to handle a public relations crisis. The mea culpa of Twain is in no way more noble than the blatant unfolding of West. There is a certain predictability to the cycle of celebrity outrage, and it is easier to assume that Twain's apology is more a reaction to public criticism than any kind of personal epiphany. But Kanye delights in the kind of celebrity insensitivity that solidifies the reason why top celebrities can contribute to poor cultural commentators. All his career thrives on this type of notoriety, so he has known how to use it to generate publicity for the next projects (in this case, his next two albums, as well as those he produced for Pusha T and Nas).
With furious condemnation, Kanye elaborated on his Owens tweet and addressed the reaction that followed during a telephone conversation with Hot 97 radio presenter Ebro Darden, during which he claimed to have "wished to have an open dialogue", but finally decided that it was better than "let me take this heat right now and maybe people will understand it when I turn off the music". Apparently, you said that Owens is "challenging conventional black thinking" and relates to it because he feels "demonized" in his similar quest. Darden said Kanye declared his love for Donald Trump, and defended his 2016 meeting at Trump Tower by criticizing Obama for not being open to such a sit-in. Kanye shared that he wants to help "deprogram" the masses by making the public "think differently than before." West is also forced to publish video recordings of the creator of Dilbert Scott Adams, defender of the rights of men and fervent defender of Trump.
The consensus that Kanye West seems to believe represents "conventional black thinking" does not exist. Even when it seems that the whole culture is on one side of a problem, a quick look at a social media feed or a one-hour visit to a neighborhood barbershop should reveal that there are as many dissident opinions among blacks as anyone. But Kanye needs to believe that his narrow vision is new. You always seemed to savor your superficial "strange" condition in that sense, from the moment you jumped into the fray as a polo-shirted rhymer that was chosen in contrast to the 50 cents of the world. His unwavering belief that he is a pariah or an anomaly fuels that ever-present sense of persecution that has been his raison d'être for years, and you get a personality sufficiently separate to rouse anti-black talking heads. even when we see continuous headlines that further confirm the disdain that this country still has for blacks.
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In the space of six days, there have been national headlines that involve racism targeting African-Americans specifically: two black men arrested for waiting at a Starbucks in Philadelphia, a young black woman physically assaulted by police at a Waffle House in Alabama, and a white assistant professor at a restaurant in Macon, Georgia, surprised by berating the camera and beating a pregnant black employee. And most horrible, the white gunman Travis Reinking murdering DeEbony Groves, Joe R. Perez, Taurean Sanderlin and Akilah Dasilva, four black and brown people in their twenties who happened to be eating at Waffle House in Nashville, Tennessee. Reinking's motives are pending investigation, but the incident comes along with high profile incidents of racism and during the current tension regarding the police death of Stephon Clark.
Nobody demands celebrity apologies. They do it for their own interest, and it is juvenile to suppose the opposite. Several fans of Shania Twain are going to support her because of her political leanings, and there are already those who line up to pat Kanye West on the back for "facing the mafia" with her tweets. Making celebrities heroic by ignoring the real concerns and fears of their fanatics is questionable, to say the least, but fans must also resist the temptation to rationalize too much why these stars have drifted to the right. It's because they're interested to . But nobody is obliged to continue holding them. Just remember that before defending another cheeky tweet or an unwelcome appointment, because there is too much real life happening to take into account the stars that do not see it. People have to worry about a reality that they think they are above. So leave them there. Your favorites have the right to say whatever they want. And everyone else has the right to stop listening. No explanation is required. There is no necessary apology.