Author and conservative icon Andrew Breitbart had a phrase that rings true to this day, "Politics is downstream from culture."
For decades now the left has maneuvered its way into dominating the pop culture as well as the cult of personality itself. Liberal political mantras engulf a once vibrant arena in which an exchange of ideas lived and breathed.
Far-left activists, who in many instances amassed their fortunes on fertile left coast soil, took to using their positions of prominence to force agenda-ridden content into every facet of the entertainment industry.
Kanye West, one of the most well known celebrities in the entertainment world, recently disrupted the information world order and did so by expressing to his millions of Twitter followers material that is contrary to current liberal doxology.
Kanye’s first tweet made social media heads explode.
"I like the way Candace Owens thinks," the rapper-entrepreneur posted.
Essentially Kanye endorsed Owens, who is a talented African-American woman who speaks out against victim-hood and, in her words, the "Democratic Party plantation."
The media organs of the left reacted in predictable fashion, attempting to disparage, isolate, and destroy Kanye as well as any other notable individual who would dare traffic in liberal political "heresy."
The pattern has become all too familiar as has been witnessed with various other celebrities, including Shania Twain, Roseanne Barr, and Tim Allen. However, Kanye's position in pop culture appears to pose a greater threat to the liberal powers that be, particularly because he is an African-American who is held in high esteem within his own community and an ever widening circle.
West has been known to frequently delve into matters deemed controversial, but in this case the media appear to have placed him on an exile list for expressing views differing from the mandated liberal slate.
A highly unusual number of Kanye-bashing headlines have arisen, including the following:
- "You Know You’ve F****d Up When Donald Trump Thanks You"(Esquire)
- "How Red-Pill Culture Jumped the Fence and Got to Kanye West" (Wired)
- "The bizarre political evolution of Kanye West" (The Washington Post)
The Washington Post was not done yet. It went on to viciously associate Kanye with the alt-right in a piece titled "Kanye West, alt-right darling."
Throughout the Internet and social media, reactions by resistance trolls were filled with vulgar, profanity-laced tirades, including platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and other left-of-center websites. Celebrities began to unfollow Kanye on Twitter, including Drake, Justin Bieber, BTS, The Weeknd, Rihanna, Ariana Grande, Harry Styles, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, and Kendrick Lamar.
Members of the Kardashian clan, Khloé and Kourtney Kardashian and Kylie Jenner, apparently also stopped following Kanye. Rosie O’Donnell and Samuel L. Jackson tweeted out highly negative reactions to Kanye’s posts.
John Legend and his wife Chrissy Teigen are no longer Kanye followers. The reflexively liberal Legend evidently texted Kanye to try and convince him to back off from his recent posts. "I hope you’ll reconsider aligning yourself with Trump," the singer-songwriter wrote.
In a tweet of a screenshot of a text thread, Kanye made it a point to let Legend and the public know that he takes his pro-Trump expressions seriously. He texted that Legend was using “a tactic based on fear” to undermine Kanye’s political and cultural beliefs.
With a post that read "Black people don’t have to be Democrats," Chance The Rapper tweeted out what appeared to be support for Kanye. However, in a redux of the Shania Twain debacle, after being blasted on social media Chance backtracked and made statements that he is not a Trump supporter.
Despite all of the backlash, Kanye forged ahead with a stream of posts expressing his affection for the president, including a photo of his personal "Make America Great Again" cap, complete with an autograph by the current occupant of the Oval Office. "You don’t have to agree with Trump,” Kanye tweeted, "but the mob can’t make me not love him."
He referred to President Trump as his "brother" and explained that they both possess "dragon energy." He even doubled down on his pro-Trump expressions with the release of a new song "Ye vs. the People."
Because Kanye is such a seminal figure within the pop culture, his independent minded thoughts threaten the exclusivity of a territory that the left wing and the Democratic Party have always dominated.
The African-American vote is a significant part of left-of-center constituents. African-American voters typically choose Democrat candidates at a 90 percent level. If there is even a small drop in the African-American Democrat vote, the party’s candidates are simply going to lose.
James Hirsen, J.D., M.A., in media psychology, is a New York Times best-selling author, media analyst, and law professor. Visit Newsmax TV Hollywood. Read more reports from James Hirsen — Click Here Now.
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