Kanye West Condemns the #MeToo Movement as ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four mind control’ | Kanye West

Kanye West has condemned the #MeToo movement, which has spoken out against sexual assault in the entertainment industry and beyond, describing it as a “mob mentality … Nineteen Eighty-Four mind control”.

During an extensive nearly two and a half hour interview with the podcast Drink Champs, the rapper, producer and fashion mogul alluded to a recent listening party to his album Donda as he took to the stage alongside Marilyn Manson, who has been accused of sexually assaulting and forcing several women . The couple also performed together at West’s Sunday Service, a prayer meeting, last weekend.

“Everything #MeToo – like when I sit next to Marilyn Manson … for five songs, you know, it’s like they can ‘t cancel a song,” West said. “They will hit you with the accusations or someone you were with 10 years ago. And also, there are women who have been through very serious things, dragged into alleys against their will – it’s different than a hug, but it’s classified as the same.It’s power and politics.You know, power-hungry lunatics and just control.This is Nineteen Eighty-Four mind control that we are in. And mob mentality. ”

In February, Manson was charged by actor Evan Rachel Wood and four other women with a series of sexual crimes, and other women have since made further charges against him. He has denied any wrongdoing.

West has previously criticized #MeToo in his issue of Yikes, in which he discussed Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons, who was accused of rape and other sexual assaults by several women, which Simmons denied. “Russell Simmons will also pray for me / I pray for him because he has MeToo’d”, reads the lyrics.

Elsewhere in the Drink Champs interview, West uses the anti-Semitic stereotype that Jews are masters of business. He discussed black social mobility and said: “I am a community builder… but the people who have previously been in a position of power are trying to separate Jay [Z] and [Damon Dash], separate my mother and my father, separate me and Virgil [Abloh]. Do you see a pattern? It makes it impossible for Black Wall Street… I was thinking that our society grew when we are not forced to make the choice of whether or not we can afford to have a child when we are not forced to say, ‘I have to kill this [N-word] because he said this or that ‘. You know, you never hear about Jewish about Jewish crime. They kill each other in business in a different way, but do not physically take a life. “

West also claimed that he was recently held under arms by a police officer in Belgium while wearing a full face mask and that he had feared for his life.

He called for Black History Month to be canceled – in continuation of his earlier critique of the memorial service – and appeared to come up with a veiled critique of Kamala Harris. “I need Black Future Month, Black Positivity Month,” he said. “I’m tired of seeing us being thrown out, I’m tired of talking about slavery and how we should only be so lucky to vote for a woman we’ve not seen since the election. [Black History Month] is here to remind you who they want us to be and not who we really are. “

He discussed his musical peers at length. He said “the worst thing I’ve ever done was sign Big Sean” and criticized him and John Legend for supporting the Democrats during West’s run for president. He also brushed off his recent word war with Drake, saying “I love Drake” and comparing them to a few sparring boxers, such as Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield.

He said he counts Damien Hirst’s formaldehyde animals among his “top five favorite works of art”, and said he bought a black sheep in embalming liquid from the artist – “it’s me” – and an embalmed pigeon for Kim Kardashian West.

In one of numerous statements about God, he said, “We are God’s ultimate iPhone, God’s favorite creation – if Steve Jobs were God, we would be his iPhone. And we are simply programmed.”

In October, West formally changed his name to Ye. He is in divorce proceedings with his wife Kim Kardashian West and told Drink Champs that the paperwork had not yet been completed.

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