As if bringing out “white Jesus” and selling confederate flag, skull covered t-shirts wasn’t enough to show the world West has stepped outside of his mind, this so called “creative genius” had the nerve to open his mouth and imply that Michelle Obama isn’t as popular or influential as Kim Kardashian.
During his recent interview on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show, West went on and on about what frustrates him about this “classist society” we currently live in—and mostly how unfair this system is to he and his millionaire, does-not-live-like-most-Americans, a-part-of-the-1-percent fiancée.
On how society is so unfair to Kardashian, he said:
… and there’s no way Kim Kardashian shouldn’t be on the cover of Vogue. She’s like the most intriguing woman right now. She’s got Barbara Walters calling her like everyday … and collectively we’re the most influential with clothing. No one is looking at what [President] Obama is wearing. Michelle Obama cannot Instagram a [bikini] pic like what my girl Instagrammed the other day…
Michelle Obama can’t Instagram a picture like Kardashian’s from-the-back selfie? And therefore the lack of this “accolade” makes the FLOTUS inferior to Miss Kardashian?
When I first read his comments, a range of reactions ran through my mind. Allow me to sum up just a few (and I’m being nice):
1. Kanye West, you are a fool. To even attempt to compare what Michelle Obama—the First Lady of our nation—is or is not capable of to that of Kim Kardashian’s—a sex-tape star turned reality star and “socialite”—abilities is undeniably ignorant. I will leave this point alone now before I get frustrated.
2. The mere fact that you think that a woman Instagramming a photo of her behind is an accomplishment shows the immensely deep flaws of your logic and reasoning. The fact that you’re even proud that your soon-to-be wife and mother of your child would subject her 33-year-old body to such low standards is appalling. Kardashian was able to put on a swimsuit, turn around and expose her derrière, and get a ton of likes on a social networking site. Ummk?
Did I miss something Kanye? This is impressive how? Oh, I forgot, because Instagram is that real and the validation that comes from the number of likes one can get is the most powerful form of influence in society.
Sure, Mrs. Obama can meet with dignitaries, and speak in front of millions and advocate and promote awareness for decreasing obesity in children, but that’s nothing compared to a bunch of people hitting “like” on a photo of a woman’s barely covered behind on Instagram. How silly of me, Kanye; what was I thinking?
3. Mr. West, should Kim’s body define her? The only reason you chose to specifically praise that swimsuit photo is because it put Kim’s gigantic bottom on full display. So, that’s it? Her butt and its size are what define her?
It’s like you’re saying, “Michelle Obama can’t command attention like my girl can because my girl has a big butt.” If a mere body part is all that defines a woman, she doesn’t stand for much. And if you love and respect this woman, why reduce her worth to such an invaluable measure?
4. You said Mrs. Obama cannot do what Kim did. Let me correct you: Michelle Obama WOULD NEVER do what “your girl” did. The FLOTUS is a real lady—one with class, dignity and self-respect. She is a true woman who understands that her body does not define her and that validation via social media isn’t truly validation at all.
There’s a reason why the caliber of man on her arm answers to “Mr. President” and not “black skinhead.”
During his interview, Kanye also whined about how unfair the world is to Kim:
Now for me, what I want to create isn’t about black and white, but the reason why I’m not able to create what I want to create is about being black and is about classism. And that’s that wall when I took [Kim] to the Met Ball and they put it up on Vogue.com and tried to say she wasn’t there because they didn’t want a reality show girl there.
Or like with the Hollywood Walk of Fame … it’s not the walk of singing … it’s the Walk of Fame … and classism has been going on before racism. We’re classist. We have our cool table … and there’s no way Kim Kardashian shouldn’t be on the cover of Vogue.
Kanye, you obviously don’t know the criteria for receiving a Hollywood star, but believe this: They’d grant one to Michelle Obama before they would Kim—and she’s not even in the entertainment industry. How’s that for influential, Mr. West?
Service is her passion, writing is her platform, uplifting women and the Black Community is her purpose. Shala Marks is a writer, editor and soon-to-be author. Through her work, Marks aspires to demonstrate “The Craft of Writing, and the Art of Efficacy.” She has a B.A. in journalism from Arizona State University. Connect with her at: http://shalamarks.com/.