This is a few weeks old, but I just saw it last night. I’ve been busy and, although I heard about this tangentially on the blogosphere, I hadn’t seen the interview in full. Earlier this month, Jimmy Kimmel had Kanye West on his show and basically sat and listened to Kanye incoherently drone on and on about something that I can’t figure out. This clip comes from the end of the interview, and even after listening several times, I still can’t really get a sense of what the Christ-delusion sufferer Kanye is talking about.
Kimmel looks so uncomfortable throughout much of the interview and just kind of lets Kanye talk because, I guess, it’s impossible to reason with a crazy person. And I don’t use “crazy” in jest. The one thing that is obvious in this clip and in the interview as a whole (because the content or purpose of the speech is not) is that Kanye is all over the place, and it makes me wonder whether we are watching the decline of another celebrity. Normally, I just hate on Kanye because I think he is arrogant and annoying. After watching this, though, I don’t feel annoyed by what he said. I feel sad for him and hope that he gets what seems like some much-needed help.
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I’m not sure. I think from watching the video that Kanye was making, possibly one of the most relevant social statements I’ve heard in a long time. Sorry to disagree, but what he is saying is important and real.
No need for apologies, Cornell. I think you make a good point. While I can’t speak for Laura, the issue for me is that that message is obscured because of how Kanye delivers that message, i.e., this type of free-association rant he goes on. I think that really hinders the clarity of his message, especially for those that might not be familiar with his career trajectory and life experiences that he references. So I find myself falling somewhere in between your and Laura’s points.
With that said, I’d like to thank you for reading and especially for offering your comments. Our whole purpose for starting Little Utopia was to create discussion around topics we’re interested in and insightful comments like yours help us to do so.
Hey, thanks for being standup about it. You’re right, his delivery was very unorthodox, but I think he had a lot to say, which, unfortunately, is rare for American talk shows. I’ve watched clips from Canadian talk shows and (gasp) actually learned something! It’s a shame that simplicity and shallowness have become the standard.
Yes, it is definitely rare for American talk shows. Perhaps that was the biggest issue after all, his choice of responding through the medium of an American talk show, which encourages the simplicity and shallowness that you mentioned because of time constraints, hosts looking for easy laughs, etc. Thanks again for helping us create discussion and for indirectly introducing me to your blog. I’m looking forward to reading it.