NOTE TO CONSERVATIVES: Stop Fawning Over Celebrities Who Occasionally Say Stuff You Like

The Daily Wire

By Ben Shapiro

April 23, 2018

Rapper Kanye West (R) attend the Los Angeles Lakers vs. Memphis Grizzlies basketball game at Staples Center on November 5, 2017, in Los Angeles, California. Kevork S. Djansezian/Getty Images

So, Kanye West is tweeting like a bumper sticker conservative.

In the past few days, West has taken his Twitter game to new political heights. He’s tweeted:

All of which sounds like solid, empowering conservative thought. It’s understandable that conservatives are pleased about a massive cultural figure suddenly embracing such concepts. But conservatives who are evidencing tremendous excitement over Kanye are falling prey to the same sort of celebrity-centric mentality they criticize from the Left. It’s one thing to say, “Hey, Kanye just said something halfway intelligent!” It’s another to say, “Hey, Kanye’s suddenly got it! He’s a thoughtleader!”

The jump from the former perspective to the latter is far too fast in today’s politics. Kanye West is the same fellow who once accused George W. Bush of targeting black people during Hurricane Katrina. He’s also tweeted about the shortcomings of fur pillows and about the need for antique fishtanks.

This, in other words, is not a thoughtleader. He’s a rather crazy human.

But the Right is so starved for celebrity that we’re often willing to overlook the crazy for the feeling of legitimization. That’s the same reason so many conservatives suddenly see Roseanne as one of them, despite the fact that she is a wild leftist who says insane things on a regular basis. Treat conservatives like humans with ideas, and some on the Right will respond with the enthusiasm of a puppy greeting its master at the door.

That’s a mistake. It’s particularly a mistake because allowing the halo effect to impact your views of celebrities means elevating celebrities in an area in which they’re not particularly qualified. Just because Kanye knows rap doesn’t mean Kanye knows politics. And just because conservatives like an occasional treat from the hands of popular artists doesn’t mean they should grant those artists credibility as arbiters of political matters.

∫∫∫  Which is precisely why I haven’t posted an article about this so far.  And I’m not even coming at this from a “left” or a “right” perspective.  I’ve always respected him as a producer, but I’ve never been a fan of him as a person.  And the guy has definitely been under the spell (anyone affiliated with a Kardashian or Jay Z HAS to be):



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But hey, if he’s finally breaking the spell good for him!  Look what they did to him last time he tried to assert himself:

Kanye West Hospitalized Handcuffed in Ambulance

And he’s not the first one or even close to the only one.  They kill artists for trying to break free.

Behind all the glitz and glamour, money and fame, these people live tortured lives.  There’s not enough room to name them all (Vigilant Citizen has a whole site dedicated to this topic), but I’ll end with Brittany Spears “mental breakdown”. 

And the aftermath:

What the Hell Is Going On with Britney Spears’ Conservatorship?

So Kanye, if you’re actually breaking free and start to help others in your community break free of the spell as well, I salute you!  Just watch your six….

UPDATE:  Well it didn’t take long.  I posted this article last night (4/24) and now this morning- Fears for Kanye’s health emerge after Scooter Braun’s firing

I’m rooting for him but I don’t see this ending well for him….


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