Kanye West Takes Aim at Michelle Obama


On Oct. 22, 2013, I wrote an article asking, “Is Kayne West going Crazy?” It only took West seven days to confirm my suspicions.

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.

Really Kanye?

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?

 Really Kanye?

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?


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  1. I read these comments earlier today and was shocked no black female oriented sites had reported on it, while most other sites have, including CNN and Huffington Post. Do you know why sites aimed at black women haven’t? Because most write more about Kim than they do about the women they claim to service. Hello Beautiful, Cocoa Fab, all have multiple Kim topics on their front page. They can’t come for Kim and Kanye one day and then go back to supporting them the next, so watch as they stay quiet. Kudos to Brown Sista for keeping this site black oriented and not selling out for a few extra page views.

    As for Kanye’s rant, brace yourself sistas because he will come for all of us next. Kanye is the skin head, the white supremacist. Look at his actions, what he raps about, what he shows you every day, who he chose to share his wealth it. Is any of it black? How much money did Kanye spend with black owned businesses this year? When has he ever big upped anything that helped out people from the community he came from? When has Kanye done anything that any of us can look at and say has helped out black people? Has helped end racism or classicism? Never. Instead he fights tooth and nail to defend stores and businesses who would never let us through their doors, much less hire us. He spends all his time defending a whore whose only claim to fame is that she has sex with famous black men. He defends her whorish honor and her whorish ways, all while claiming she is a victim. Typical backwards black male, always ready to fight for massa’s woman, never his own.

    I want sistas to stop supporting this man. Any black man who attempts to diminish Michelle Obama in any way is not worthy of our time or money.

    I’ll be back later to write about the billion dollar effect our Lady O has had on the fashion industry since she took it by storm in 2008. I’ll also have some facts and figures on Kim’s *sarcasm on* haute couture *sarcasm off* Kmart line.

  2. Exactly, JBL.
    Why did Kanye come for Michelle at all when he could have gone after Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Upton and the numerous other white women who get multiple Vogue covers a year? Every fashion choice Michelle Obama makes is news. Even something as simple as her getting bangs can change the way women around the world choose to wear their hair. There are numerous wig lines out there devoted strictly to replicating what Lady O does with her tresses. Can we look at the fashion world in any way and say “Oh yeah, they are copying what Kim did.?” Nope. She is a force, but only for gossip and fodder. Michelle Obama will remember, honored and revered for years to come. She is a lady… a First Lady. She needn’t diminish herself with booty selfies to be noticed. That sort of thing is for low class, trashy women… you know, like Kim.

  3. I believe KW is obsessive and has is very low self-esteem and self-worth. He wants to be Jay-Z so bad and make his life like theirs, but his crazy antics gets him attention, but not like he really wants. The President said he was JA and he never got over it or the Carters’ relationship with our first black presidential couple. Jay-Z is obviously a very good businessman and knows how to work the system, not that I think that much of him other than as an very talented artist and successful management team CEO. Most of our black celebs aren’t doing squat, given their power and resources! We should be elevating and creating platforms and infrastructure for those next to us and coming behind us, not just promoting materialism, consumerism, idolatry to build and increase their brands!

  4. To be on the cover of VOGUE
    One must have “Talent” and sorry Kanye, but sucking dick on camera is NOT talent, nor is being “famous for being famous”

    Kanye is losing his mind, and I hope he hits rock bottom, extra hard. I’ve never been a fan, but his latest antics are so painful to watch. Go away already.

    Michelle Obama has degrees and class and she’s the first lady of the free world, she doesn’t need an ass shot from instagram to make her relevant.
    I’m getting so tired of his antics.

  5. Kanye West craves attention and he said what he said not because he actually means it, but he knows if he says the most absurd thing it will make headlines the next day. Game well played Kanye. SMH

  6. I’m so sick of Kanye West and his slutty girlfriend…who’s been married twice and is famous for having a sex tape!! He’s lost his mind! He should be ashamed of his behavior. He such an idiot!! Michelle Obama is my Shero! She’s smart, classy, and sexy! She’s a great example for young black woman. I’m over Kanye west and his trashy baby momma

  7. You folks have said it all. I’m just going to continue to sit back in my rocking chair with my teacup and reading glasses and take in all you’re saying.

  8. @UM, because you are using a fake email address to comment here. But its actually a real email address for someone else who has obviously used it to sign up for gravatar.com. Gravatars are attached via email addresses.

  9. Kanye West is not crazy or out of his mind. This is the excuse people use to not challenge him. He is well aware of everything he says and does. Kanye is like most black men with money. He is impotent. He sees that even with money he cannot get to the upper echelons of society and is lashing out at whitey the only way he knows how, by sleeping with his woman. The white man says let’s fight and heads for the boardroom. The black man’s idiotic behind heads for the bedroom. And usually with the first white woman he can find. Brothers think by bedding whitey’s woman he is somehow getting back at him for racism. Nope. Instead you are helping racism out even more, watering down your own race and eventually leaving whatever you have to the that community. That is Kanye: The real New Slave.

  10. @ Brown Sista
    My bad. I normally don’t like to be spammed so I refrain from using my real email, so I type in whatever email comes to mind.

    I apologize to the person whose email I typed without any intent, your email is actually my middle name.

  11. West is a musical genius who makes some of the dumbest comments in public and to media outlets. Kanye, go to a studio, make records, and shut up !!!

  12. He’s an ass…not a genuis…he’s a guy who had some cool songs but he’s def ran his course and his shine has mostly diminished and since he can’t handle that he’s going the “shock” route…I’m bored with him and his antics

  13. I like all the comments but my take is this and always will be: Kanye and Kim are entertainers no matter how they got popular they have to keep their name in the lime-light. And voila! he talks about the first lady and now everyone is talking about it. now if we ignore them they will go away like paris hilton and nicole richie. they no longer hold the attention span of the public like they used to and what they do is not headlines. so when we stop putting them in our blogs and giving the the attention they want then they will simply go away and do something even more dramatic which no one will care then either.

  14. Thanks for reading everyone!@JBL I’ve been surprised that I haven’t seen other black blogs report on this either

  15. Necole Bitchie write about the Kardashian sisters if they so much as sneeze. Anything having anything to do with Kim and Khloe and their men is on her blog. I knew she wouldn’t write about this cause she now hangs out with Kim. It was after I saw video of them together with Lala that I understood why her blog was so devoted to them. She is in their pocket. Most black blogs are paid to keep her name on the front page at all times.

  16. Kanye West is mentally ill it’s just a matter of time before he goes completely over the edge. I hope it’s sooner rather than later. He has fell so far from grace and being with Kim has only brought him down lower. To compare your peen sucking whore to The First Lady is a joke in itself.

  17. I totally agree with all the above comments. I refuse to entertain that ignorant fools comments and why does the k-girls even have a show on time. I am getting tired of these reality shows, women downgrading themselves, please bring back some regular entertaining TV!!!!!

  18. Well stated and I can’t add anything else but Amen. KwKk needs to sit all the way down, shut all the way up, and step AWAY from my FLOTUS!!! They can’t even carry her toiletry bag. Bigups to BrownSista for this post!!!

  19. Kanye get a GRIP on yourself I’m not a FAN of yours and never will be Believe you me KIm will never in no way no how COMPARE to MRS. MICHELLE and neither will her Mother.

  20. Kanye West has mental issues and based upon his behavior needs counseling. Michelle Obama is an Ivy League educated graduate that has utilized her mind, gifts, and talents to be extremely successful and not have to compromise her body. I am s sick of the beyonce, kim K and other low class type of celebrities fans/worshippers trying to place them on a pedestal out of this world with people they can’t hold a candle to when they ultimately represent NOTHING but selling sex. Black people better start raising their children with class and culture. bedonkey, kim k. and others don’t have class but a lot of smoke and mirrors.

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