I’m not trying to take up too much of my time writing about Kanye West because he’s irrelevant to me but in the name of fighting misogynoir, I’ll write something. For those not familiar with the term, misogynoir is the intersection of misogyny and racism, wherein black, female-identifying people are hated, oppressed, and antagonized for a combination of their race and gender. Everyday Feminism has a great, more lengthy post on misogynoir if you’d like to read more on the topic. Back to Kanye West,–a line I’m sure he uses when people talk about anything but him–let’s talk about his latest, Donald Trump rant at a concert where people, I don’t know, probably paid for him to play his music and not ramble about politics for 40+ minutes. And while we’re at it, let’s talk about how Azealia Banks definitely did not get away with similarly supporting Trump.
Rounded up by concert-goers on Twitter, West’s rant, without organizing every tweet for the night, revealed a few things:
- West did not vote in the election.
- If he had voted, he would have voted for Trump.
- He thinks we should not focus on race so much.
- He’s considering a bid for President in 2020.
- Concert-goers should be ready to listen to him talk a lot.
Among many unfortunate gems, there’s this one, that really needs to be seen to be believed.
Kanye West tonight speaking on racism in America. “Specifically to black people, stop talking about race so much.” pic.twitter.com/HTWlJgdq7E
— Brandon E. Patterson (@myblackmindd) November 18, 2016
His controversial support for Trump harkens back to Banks, who was essentially condemned across the board for her actions. She hasn’t had any mainstream releases or exposure since then, though, it’s worth noting that gay, white America has seen to it that they attacked her at every turn for saying “faggot,” while they ignored Trump and Pence waltzing up to the White House.
First off, I would like to apologize to Donald Trump for all the stupid jokes I made. (I was kidding). secondly, I would like to apologize for all the other times I was dumb enough to let the liberal media sway my opinion of you. Thirdly I’m fucking proud as FUCK of you. One for being a gemini, two for being from NYC, three for winning the presidency and four for beating the media. The last part is your biggest victory in my eyes and I must say that I am TRULY inspired by this and feel deep amounts of vindication. Thanks for letting me know that I’m not crazy (even though I fronted a few times) liberals run hollywood and it’s been a COLD WORLD OUT HERE FOR ME AS A TRUMP SUPPORTER 😹. Best of luck on everything and thanks again. Sincerely – AB #TRUMP2017
I certainly can’t see or predict the future, but this sort of thing happens all the time. Men can get away with basically anything and be forgiven, but women, especially women of color, are forced to wear their sins for the rest of their days. I mean, Donald Trump can have multiple accusations of sexual assault to his name and still be President-Elect of the United States of America but people were dragging Hillary over her husband cheating and some emails.
While society will view West, post-rant, as a complex person who is more than this one incident, Banks will still be treated as nothing more than one of her opinions. Neither of them is in the right because Donald Trump is a xenophobic, misogynistic, elite, white supremacist who is supported by the KKK. There is no looking at the other side or trying to be bipartisan. Hate is not something we can play devil’s advocate to or try to reason with. Both of these celebrities had opportunities to stand for people who look like them, and instead they chose their upper-class privilege and beliefs over the rights and lives of marginalized people.
From the ruins of these train wrecks, West will re-emerge and continue on with his attention-obsessed, culturally appropriating family. Mainstream media will call him “crazy” for a few days, explore his rant in-depth with all sorts of “hot takes,” and eventually forget it ever happened. Meanwhile, Banks will always be the black woman who supported Donald Trump, no matter what. I think it’s safe to say that her chances of mainstream, worldwide fame are done–though, arguably she wasn’t given a real shot in the first place. This is how misogynoir works.
I didn’t write this to low-key support Banks or drag West. I wrote this to open people’s eyes to the bigoted, toxic bullshit that the media puts out 24/7. At the end of the day, they’ll be treated differently and that’s a fact. Both held and expressed unpopular beliefs, but only one was a black woman.