Der Mann von Instagram-Ikone Kim Kardashian bekommt scheins zu wenig Rampenlicht ab. Denn nun hat Kanye West beschlossen sich für die US-Präsidentschaft im Jahr 2020 zu bewerben. Und verkündet dies in einer emotionalen, aber auch etwas diffusen Rede vor den jubelnden Teenies bei den MTV Video Music Awards nachdem er einen Preis für sein Lebenswerk von Taylor Swift überreicht bekam. Und das alles im Namen der Kunst. Oder so...
Hier Kanyes Rede im Original-Wortlaut:
"First of all, Taylor, thank you for being so gracious and giving me this award this evening. I often think back to the first day I met you, also. I think about it when I'm in the grocery store with my daughter, and I have a really great conversation about fresh juice, and at the end they say you're not that bad after all.
And I think about it sometimes, and it crosses my mind after I go to a baseball game and 60.000 people boo me. It crosses my mind a little bit. And If think if I have to do it all again, what would I have done? Would I have worn a leather shirt? Would I have drank a half a bottle of Hennessy and gave the rest of it to the audience.Ya'll I know ya'll drank that bottle too. If I had a daughter at the time would I have went on the stage and grabbed the mic from someone else? You know, this arena tomorrow will be a completely different set up. Some concert. This stage will be gone. After that night, the stage was gone. But the effect that it had on people remained.
The problem was the contradiction. The contradiction is I do fight for artists, but in that fight I somehow was disrespectful to artists. I didn't know how to say the right thing, the perfect thing. I just. I sat at the Grammys and saw Justin Timberlake and Cee Lo lose. Gnarls Barkley and the "SexyBack" album. Justin, I aint tryin to put you on blast, but I saw that man in tears bro. And I was thinking, he deserved to win album of the year! And the small box that we are as the entertainers of the evening, how could you explain that?
Sometimes I feel like all this shit they run about beef and all that? Sometimes I feel like I die for the artists's opinion, for the artists to have an opinion after they were successful. I'm not no politician, bro! And look at that! You now how many times MTV ran that footage again?! Cause it got them more ratings! You know how many times they announced Taylor was gonna give me that award? Cause it got them more ratings! Listen to the kids, bro!
I still don't understand award shows. I don't get how they get five people who work their entire life - one sell records, sell concert tickets, to come, stand on a carpet and for the first time in their life, be judged on the chopping block, and have the opportunity to be considered a loser. I don't understand it, bro. I dont' understand it, bro - I don't understand what the biggest album, or the biggest video. I be contradicted, bro. I just wanted people to like me more. But fuck that bro. 2015. I will die for the art, for what I believe in, and that art ain't always gonna be polite.
Ya'll might be thinking right now, I wonder, "Did he smoke a little something tonight?" The answer is yes, I rolled up a little something, I knocked the edge off.
I don't know what's going to happen tonight. I don't know what's going to happen tomorrow, bro. But all I can say to my artists, my fellow artists, is just worry about how you feel at the time, man. Just worry about how you feel. You know what I'm saying? I'm confident. I believe in myself! We the millennials, bro! This is a new mentality. We not gonna control our kids with brands. We're not gonna teach low self esteem and hate to our kids.
We're gonna teach our kids. We're going to teach our kids that they can be something, that they can believe in themselves. If my grandfather was here right now, he would not let me back down. I don't know what I'm gonna lose after this. It don't matter though, because it ain't about me, it's about ideas, bro. New ideas. People with ideas. People that believe in truth.
And yes, as you probably could have guessed by this moment, I have decided, in 2020, to run for president."