What’s the Deal with Kanye?

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Isabelle Shmeler '18, Multimedia Editor

Let’s flash back to the moment during the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards when Kanye completely trashed Taylor Swift on national television for being awarded the best female video, instead of his dear friend, Beyonce Knowles.  The commonly used excuse for his inconsiderate actions that night is simply this,  “Kanye was being Kanye”.  Most of us are all familiar with Kanye’s music, whether it’s being played before a basketball game or you’re just listening to the radio, his iconic music is rarely unheard of.  However, along with his unique music comes a unique personality.  We are used to hearing outrageous things about Kanye in the news, usually with a negative connotation.  He’s not afraid to speak his mind, which in some cases only ends up hurting his reputation even more.  However, Kanye has suddenly changed after his marriage to Kim Kardashian, and with the arrival of their daughter, North West.  Now that Kanye has a family, does this mean he will finally settle down?  

During the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, Kanye made a 13-minute long speech after receiving the Video Vanguard Award.  His speech was, of course, dramatic, yet it did portray a rather intense message, something we are not quite used to from Kanye.  Kanye kept viewers on the edge of their seat as he paused every couple of minutes to gather his thoughts.  Finally, toward the end of his speech, Kanye revealed to the audience, “As you probably could have guessed by this moment, I have decided, in 2020, to run for president”.

Is Kanye being serious, or is this just another spontaneous “Kanye” gesture?  During the iHeartRadio Music Festival, Kanye confirmed that he is, indeed, running for president in 2020.  Politicians have positive feedback for Kanye, like Donald Trump telling Rolling Stone, “It’d be interesting to see Kanye West running against me…he’s an extremely nice guy”.  Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, had a more realistic response to Kanye’s announcement, according to Extra, “… be sure he has comfortable shoes because there’s a lot of walking involved.”

Despite all the different opinions, the ones that really matter are our own, being that we will be the future voters of 2020.  So what do you think?  Can you picture Kanye West being our future president?