Kanye West has found his way back into headlines.
The “DONDA” artist found himself in the crossfires of an exchange with “The Daily Show”’s Trevor Noah. Noah spoke on West’s recent behavior in regard to his divorce from Kim Kardashian and her relationship with new boyfriend, comedian Pete Wentz.
“You may not feel sorry for Kim because she’s rich and famous,” Noah said in the segment. “But what she’s going through is terrifying to watch and shines a spotlight on what so many women go through when they choose to leave.”
“I’m not saying Kanye will [do that],” he continued. “But as a society, we have to ask ourselves questions. Do we wish to stand by and watch a car crash when we thought we saw it coming? Or do we at least want to say, ‘Slow down, let’s all put our hazards on, because there’s a storm coming and sh*t might go down.’”
West then violated Instagram’s policies on hate speech when he posted a photo of the talk show host. The photo caption read West singing “Kumbaya” while replacing the word throughout the song with a racial epithet.
The post was removed by Instagram and West was prohibited from posting to the platform for 24 hours.
Noah later responded to West with an empathetic comment following:
“There are few artists who have had more of an impact on me than you Ye. You took samples and turned them into symphonies. You took your pain and through the wire turned it into performance perfection,” he continued. “I thought differently about how I spent my money because of you, I learned to protect my child-like creativity from grown thoughts because of you, s**t I still smile every time I put on a seatbelt because of you.”
Noah continued his response, stating that his concerns were not West’s politics or his feelings about Wentz, but concern for the “College Dropout”’s legacy as a man and as an artist.
“I see you on a path that’s dangerously close to peril and pain…I’ve woken up too many times and read headlines that about men who’ve killed their exes, their kids, and then themselves. I never want to read that headline about you.”
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