September 3rd, 2005

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12:14 am - on criticsm from a college drop out...
I just want you to know, on the extremely off chance that you ever read this, Kanye West, you are my fucking hero...

My favorite part is where NBC issued an official statement apologizing for a celebrity having an unapproved opinion. Assholes.

Its not about whether or not you agree with Kanye. I just want to applaud him for being one man with the courage to speak his fucking mind in a very real way. Kanye, your outburst probably won't accomplish what you want. Bush isn't leaving office anytime soon, and he's term limited, so really he doesn't care about reelection either. And no matter how mad you are, no matter how sickened any of us are, no matter how sad, you can't bring Nawlins back. What you did do is you made a national television outlet admit the hypocrisy of impassioned pleas from actors being paid to read them from a teleprompter. And some people (probably far less than NBC would have you believe) are outraged by you. And 99% of them will probably forget about your statements in a week or two. You'll be at most a footnote, lost in shuffle of one of the most memorable events in our collective history. But I swear I will never forget, Kanye. I will remember what you said, without regard for what anyone thought or what it would mean for your career. I will remember what it meant to me. And I will remember the man cutting you off before you were done and PCing it out. And I thank you.

Big ups to ATL!

Also big ups to Nawlins of course. Ray Nagin, I'm looking in your general direction.

EDIT: Ah ha! This link from the washington post has a total transcript of Kanye's rant. Saved here for posterity:

West and Mike Myers had been paired up to appear about halfway through the show. Their assignment: Take turns reading a script describing the breach in the levees around New Orleans.

Myers: The landscape of the city has changed dramatically, tragically and perhaps irreversibly. There is now over 25 feet of water where there was once city streets and thriving neighborhoods.

(Myers throws to West, who looked extremely nervous in his super-preppy designer rugby shirt and white pants, which is not like the arrogant West and which, in retrospect, should have been a tip-off.)

West: I hate the way they portray us in the media. You see a black family, it says, "They're looting." You see a white family, it says, "They're looking for food." And, you know, it's been five days [waiting for federal help] because most of the people are black. And even for me to complain about it, I would be a hypocrite because I've tried to turn away from the TV because it's too hard to watch. I've even been shopping before even giving a donation, so now I'm calling my business manager right now to see what is the biggest amount I can give, and just to imagine if I was down there, and those are my people down there. So anybody out there that wants to do anything that we can help -- with the way America is set up to help the poor, the black people, the less well-off, as slow as possible. I mean, the Red Cross is doing everything they can. We already realize a lot of people that could help are at war right now, fighting another way -- and they've given them permission to go down and shoot us!

(West throws back to Myers, who is looking like a guy who stopped on the tarmac to tie his shoe and got hit in the back with the 8:30 to La Guardia.)

Myers: And subtle, but in many ways even more profoundly devastating, is the lasting damage to the survivors' will to rebuild and remain in the area. The destruction of the spirit of the people of southern Louisiana and Mississippi may end up being the most tragic loss of all.

(And, because Myers is apparently as dumb as his Alfalfa hair, he throws it back to West.)

West: George Bush doesn't care about black people!

(Back to Myers, now looking like the 8:30 to La Guardia turned around and caught him square between the eyes.)

Myers: Please call . . .

At which point someone at NBC News finally regained control of the joystick and cut over to Chris Tucker, who started right in with more scripted blah, blah, blah.

"Tonight's telecast was a live television event wrought with emotion," parent company NBC Universal said in a statement issued to the Reporters Who Cover Television after the broadcast.

"Kanye West departed from the scripted comments that were prepared for him, and his opinions in no way represent the views of the networks. It would be most unfortunate if the efforts of the artists who participated tonight and the generosity of millions of Americans who are helping those in need are overshadowed by one person's opinion."

EDIT 2: Thanx to jameel for This link to video of Kanye's speech.

Current Mood: [mood icon] impressed
Current Music: Jesus Walks by Kanye West

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[User Picture]From: sexyhockihoochi Date: September 3rd, 2005 - 05:11 am (Link)
I must say that I agree with you! I saw Kayne's speech, as well as the radio broadcasting from the mayor. I stood up and cheered for both, actually.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: September 3rd, 2005 - 12:46 pm (Link)
yeah, I watched the rebroadcast of the special just to see Kanye's speech, which I was surprised to see they left in its entirity. I like it even better listening to than reading about it. Reading about it, the reporters tried to make him seem like an Angry Black Man(tm) and he wasn't. He was clearly confused and scared and in shock and it was much more real that way.
[User Picture]From: sexyhockihoochi Date: September 3rd, 2005 - 02:52 pm (Link)
Yep, although if I were those people trapped in NO, I would be furious. I'm actually surprised that anyone in the media brought up the race issue because I was sure that was just going to be a "white elephant in the room".
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[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: September 3rd, 2005 - 12:54 pm (Link)
yep, I knew he was somehting special the first time I heard Jesus Walks. I don't generally go on about Black pride all that much, not nearly as much as I did when I was about 15 or 16 and really really into it (Umojah, my brothers and sisters). But at this particular moment, I am quite proud of Kanye and what he represents as a voice for intelligent and passionate black people. I am proud to share a racial chromosome marker with him.
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[User Picture]From: jameel Date: September 3rd, 2005 - 12:18 pm (Link)
Holy shit!
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: September 3rd, 2005 - 12:49 pm (Link)
yeah, you should try to catch the broadcast or see if you can grab the speech off the net (and if you do, get me a copy). It was nice to see, because he said a bunch more than the article let on. He talked about feeling guilty for turning the TV off because he couldn't handle the devastation. He talked about calling his business manager to see how much he could personally donate. And he said what was reported. But the way he says it is just very impassioned.
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From: wooble Date: September 3rd, 2005 - 10:37 pm (Link)
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: September 3rd, 2005 - 10:56 pm (Link)
nah... say what you will about the Bush administration, but they aren't stupid. They are masters at spinning the political media machine. In the grand scheme of things, Kanye West is nobody. He's the hip hop flavor of the month who has shot himself in the foot as far as his crossover career goes. Or possibly not. Maybe no one will notice. But its not going to be a big thing. And Rove has got to realize that the strongest defense against Kanye's comments is simply to ignore him. After all, the "liberal media" is already going out of their way to disavow him. The works is practically doing itself.

So that charity event was already being broadcast on a delay. Its just that the person working the button was just sitting there waiting to hear swear words and was too stupid to realize that West had gone into business for himself.
From: wooble Date: September 4th, 2005 - 01:26 pm (Link)
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: September 4th, 2005 - 02:01 pm (Link)
Good! That said, I really don't think that's why he did it. Kanye has always been kind of outspoken. But I'm glad he's number 1. I like him.
[User Picture]From: mokatz Date: September 4th, 2005 - 03:18 pm (Link)
I was just watching CBS's Sunday Morning and they had a black female commentator who basically said the exact same thing as Kayne, albeit in a much more elloquent fashion. And they tastefully waited till AFTER she said her piece to talk about Rhenquist's death. Kudos to CBS.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: September 4th, 2005 - 03:29 pm (Link)
I actually don't have a problem with leading with the Rhenquist story. Meet the Press did that, talked about him for 3 min. and then devoted the rest of the broadcast to talking about the flood. I think that's a fine way to handle it too. But I do agree with you that its good that CBS (and NBC) are prioritizing the two stories the right way. They'll be plenty of time to dwell on the supreme court when Bush nominates Ashcroft as chief justice next week.
[User Picture]From: glenns Date: September 11th, 2005 - 06:54 am (Link)


Wow Mav... I was bored out of my skull sitting in the DDT Office (no show today plus big storm) and I gotta say this is the best LJ discussion I have ever read. Everybody`s input is superinformed and well written. Definately brightened my otherwise boring perusal if the internet.

My comments will be no where near as good (too many bumps etc.). My thoughts on the issue of race are that there has to be a happy medium. I think that if it is over emphazied (spelling?) it creates unnecessary and painful division, but to ignore it is also folly because of issues like the Katrina Crisis.
It is hard to watch the news because the pictures are blunt evidence of
our lacking, or worse our ardent racism. We either our so stupid we can`t plan for a crisis that gives us all the warning in the world or we as a people literally do not give two fucks about our own if they have a different skin tone. Either way we are up shit`s creek.
We either shield ourselves with our culture forming divison and animosity, or we pretend it doesn`t exist and get walked all over. My wife and I are Jewish (her by birth me by choice) and I find myself adament and passionate about that part of me that seperates me from some and joins me with others. I want to defend the right I have to be a part of that group. I have observed that many jews are ashamed or hide their relegion, but I think it is what allows intolerance to
occur. At the same time I try not to be overly sensitive and realise that some things are not attacks on my wife and myself. Man am I rambling.
Fuck it! I can`t write a conclusion cause I have no answer, but I think this whole discussions is tremendous. Kudos!
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: September 11th, 2005 - 09:19 pm (Link)


that really is the part that bugs me. If all the claims that it wasn't racism are true, then that means it really is just incredible base incompetance, and that doesn't make me feel any better. "No, no, no, we aren't racist. If it had been Palm Springs, everyone would have died too!" Oh yay!

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