Issues here of not liking the messenger, liking the message, not liking the message nor the messenger, and so on. This figure has become quite controversial. People either love him or hate him, and it seems to be something off which he feeds. The main issue that keeps coming up, however, is if and how a celebrated figure can comment on consumerism, race, etc. This plays into society's re-evaluation of celebrity as it questions what it considers to be socially responsible behavior by those who have so much in an era that is so tough for many. An opinion piece in Vibe put it perfectly, "Yet can a man who’s claimed he shops so much that he can speak Italian—the same dude who played mute at an Occupy Wall Street protest while sporting multiple gold chains—truly be a voicebox for the middle-class man?" Maybe, maybe not. But he can certainly serve as an instrument to get a number of classes talking about the issues, and isn't that what art and artists are supposed to ultimately do at the end of the day?
What's the biggest chatter today in celeb, why, Kanye West, of course. Not only he still currently a trending topic on Twitter with the release of the album coupled with response to the "Saturday Night Live" performance, but it seems the lyrics and method in which his single "New Slaves" has been introduced has everyone talking. Consumerism, racial politics and more - leave to Kanye to stir the pot. Let's check out what the comment arena has to say about the cut.
Ah, the adventures of Kimye - we mean, Kanye. This latest development regarding a man whose lyrics state that he doesn't do the most press that gets the most press makes you wonder about the sincerity factor in all this. The interesting thing to note about the comment soup that people are finding fault rather than taking the time to write that they don't care (which is always funny to see). Why do we watch? Why is it a conversation point? Why do we follow any of it? Distraction or more than that? While it's been said by other sociologists that we observe celebrity as a metaphor for class movement in our society, this situation would seem to be more about changing attitudes toward sex and discussion about where boundaries are drawn. What is appropriate now for an era where studies are showing girls in college prefer hooking-up to having full on boyfriends citing that they take too much time from their studies and try to impose too much control? Only time will tell. In the meantime, be sure that this latest scenario will show up in a Kanye track that will have heads bumpin'. Watch the throne? Watch the comments!
Shortly before rapper Kanye West started dating reality star Kim Kardashian, he filmed himself having sex with an 18-year-old woman who resembles Kardashian, according to reports. The woman in the video has been described as having bodacious curves, dusky skin and long black hair. A site has offered $1 million for the 20-minute video. In 2010, West got into another sex-related scandal when he sent photos of his penis to several women. West's girlfriend is well-known for her own sex video scandal, which essentially launched her career. Do sex-tapes still create interest? Let's check the comment-sphere and find out.
... Kanye's freaking out and wants it kept private. My ass! ... He is as bad as that nasty and classless girlfriend of his. ...Yeah, keep it private until Vivid coughs up a price of more than $5 million then watch Kim's head explode because his tape would be worth more ...
I don't understand how a sex tape can leak ... I just don't understand unless they are leaking it themselves. This could be his camp doing to get cruel summer some more sales … That makes one more thing they have in common now. ...
What will Kimye think of next in order to gain more publicity? Seems like the comment-sphere has some pretty negative vibes about this one perhaps given Kim's ...er...history. A cool sociology student has noted that the music industry is actually one of the key areas that is a major amplifier of gender inequality in our society. Is this whole incident part of male control and female objectification? If so, the comments show that people are beyond the buying of such a sale, at least in this case. But language is a tricky thing, particularly when observing it within subcultures. Depending on the context, some women have said that the word bitch makes them feel strong and in control. The real issue just may be more about gender dominance and inequality in the board room rather than on the iTunes playlist. Let's see celebrity start to tackle that one next time!
Kanye West tweeted the announcement that Kim Kardashian is the inspiration for his new song ‘Perfect Bitch’. Shortly after he posted that tweet, he deleted it. Nevertheless, she has stated that she is “honored” and doesn’t believe he used the word ‘bitch’ in a negative light. Let us examine what fans and feminists are thinking.
Only a insecure woman with low self-esteem would be content with being called a b!tch. She's apparently so incredibly hungry for fame and attention that she will allow for herself to be disrespected in that manner…Just shows that there is no limit to how low she will go for the admiration of black folks.
So I guess a woman who has not slept with every professional athlete and refrained from making a sex tape is an imperfect b*tch. I'm waiting for Trey Parker and Matt Stone to interpret this unholy alliance for the masses…
Hmmmm...given the price in today's economic times; wouldn't it be nice if part of the cost went to Kanye's foundation. Oh right, it can't because that doesn't exist anymore due to legal drama. Well, the sneaker wouldn't sell if people didn't want it. Thing is, when you have such a large platform as a celebrity, might it be time to start to use it to encourage other things besides consumerism? Top rap lyric says (paraphrasing) "...worrying about your followers, you need to get your dollars up..." One side seems to be awake while the other seems to be asleep. Look for the tug-of-war to continue - appearances vs. responsibility - particularly when it comes to celeb moves.
Kanye West-designed limited edition Nike sneakers are reportedly reaching wide sales. Called the Air Yeezy 2, the sneakers average approximately $245 per pair, going for as much as $90,000 on-line , and the purchase lines at retail outlets have been extensive. Kanye West joins only a few non-athletes who have had their own sneaker with a major athletic footwear company. What do fans think?
How can you pissed at Kanye because he created a product that people liked or loved enough to spend their money on? Nobody gave Kanye anything, he worked hard just like you and the people lining up to buy his sneakers. You can't be mad at him for choosing a career that would allow him to even have the opportunity to have his own sneaker...
Ah, what's a celeb post without a Kim-ye posting? She may not have gotten in at the Met Gala but has managed to scoot into the Cannes Film Fest. Oh and for those who may not know, Doha is in Qatar. But we are sure there is many a film student wondering right now how Kanye got those chips for production, and he/she didn't. Such is celeb privilege in the world of 1% vs....the rest of us, huh?
Kanye West debuts his film "Cruel Summer" at the Cannes Film Festival. The piece is presented using multi-screen, stars Kid Cudi and is being hailed as a "groundbreaking" seven-screen art clip. Kim Kardashian and Jay-Z were included in the exclusive screening audience.
Kim K and Kanye seem to equal a lightening rod of negativity. Is it overload of the same faces or a call for new criteria in who we celebrate that we are really asking for when we comment?
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian spotted together so frequently that they are deemed the latest new "it" couple. Kanye even pays tribute to her in latest track "Theraflu." But not everyone is in support of the happy couple.