American Democracy Is Now Officially A Demented Reality Show, With Minstrels

Circus time at the White House. Photo by Getty pool


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In case you stayed in your cave Thursday, Kanye West went to the White House, ostensibly to discuss "prison reform." Instead, as a crush of cameras clicked, he ranted and rambled through a manic 10-minute monologue about hydrogen planes, male energy, trap doors, sleep deprivation, counting backwards, the Unabomber, the myth of time, alternate and infinite amounts of universe, his bipolar diagnosis or misdiagnosis, the 13th Amendment, future "Yeezy ideation centers" and, most famously, wearing his MAGA hat, which makes him "feel like Superman - you made a Superman cape for me." The tawdry display in the once-revered Oval office, as a mostly silent Trump looked alternately baffled and poker-faced, was deemed "a circus," "a narcissism summit," "an assault on democracy" and a "freak show amid a freak show." From the late, great Leonard Cohen, "Kanye is not Picasso."

Beyond the loopy buffoonery - “Another thing is black people have a problem with the word again...We just have today. Over and over and over again. Hero's journey. And Trump is on his hero's journey" - what many dismayed black people saw, notably in Kanye's abject "I love this guy" hug, was the "canary-in-a-trash-can" proof of Trump's nose for shameless limelight seekers. "You ass-kissing and boot-licking on a whole new level," rapper T.I., who worked with Kanye, a spectacle he called "the most repulsive, disgraceful, embarrassing act of desperation & auctioning off of one’s soul to gain power I’ve ever seen...We just saw Mr. West’s soul on auction. If you listen closely you can hear the tears of our ancestors hit the floor." Meanwhile, a hurricane was happening somewhere, and Saudi Arabia is murdering journalists, and children languish in cages, and Congress just approved Trump's latest two grifters to trash, respectively, civil rights and the environment. Tomorrow, he'll prolly nominate Kanye for the Supreme Court.

On the 13th Amendment banning slavery, which West has criticized: "Why would you keep something around that’s a trap door? If you’re building a floor, the Constitution is the base of our industry, of our country, of our company. Would you build a trap door that if you mess up and accidentally something happens, you fall and you end up next to the Unabomber? You got to remove all that trap door out of the relationship.”

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