Kanye West loses nearly 10 million followers after calling Trump 'his brother'
Kanye West, 40, is a talented rap artist who has a strong influence on the American and international music markets. During his career, the rapper received 21 Grammy Awards and many other musical accomplishments, with more than 27 million Twitter followers.
However, on April 25th, after repeatedly "tweeting" on his personal account about the US President Donald Trump, Kanye West has been criticized by his wife and other artists. The PopCrave site reported that he lost nearly 10 million followers due to these strong statements.
Kanye and Trump in conversation on December 13, 2016.
Kanye treats Mr. Trump as his brother
On the 25th of April, Kanye West posted on Twitter: “You don't have to agree with trump but the mob can't make me not love him. We are both dragon energy. He is my brother. I love everyone. I don't agree with everything anyone does. That's what makes us individuals. And we have a right to independent thought.”
Soon after, West uploaded a photo of himself wearing a red hat slogan during Trump's campaign: "Make America Great Again". In addition, the husband of Kim Kardashian added a close-up of his hat signed by the president with his pride. Not only praising Trump, Kanye West also voiced negative thoughts about former President Barack Obama that Obama had been president for eight years and didn’t changed anything in Chicago.
After a few hours, President Trump thanked Kanye on his personal website. Mr. Trump even posted the word "MAGA", which stands for "Make America Great Again" in support of Kanye's comments.
Chance The Rapper, a young rapper, voiced support for Kanye: “Black people don't have to be democrats”. This statement was supported by Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., who respected the courage to break the stereotype.
The indignation of the artists and Kim defended Kanye
After Kanye stirred up the community with pro-Trump words, many artists expressed their displeasure, even expressed disappointment about him. Jaden Smith, the son of popular actor Will Smith, said he was wrong to consider Kanye West as an idol. Singer John Legend said he always loved the powerful artists to see a better future, but they couldn’t be "the figurehead". Moreover, Jordan Peele sarcastically used the famous racist "Get Out" for Kanye's speeches. Joseph Kahn also strongly asked Kanye what he had received by flattering Trump.
Facing a wave of fierce criticism against her husband, Kim Kardashian could not ignore him. She wrote on her Twitter account: “Now when he spoke out about Trump… Most people (including myself) have very different feelings & opinions about this. But this is HIS opinion.” She also added that he never said he agreed with Trump’s politics.
By: Gitta Russell