Kan(ye) you clarify?


Mona

apper Kanye West as president of the US? The query has despatched political analysts in addition to meme-makers into frenzy! One tweet that garnered assist of Kanye’s well-known spouse Kim Kardashian and Tesla large Elon Musk has made #Kanyeforpresident pattern. While most dismiss the declare as one other publicity gimmick, it isn’t the primary time that Kanye has revealed his political ambitions. Back in 2015, at MTV Video Music Awards, Kanye confirmed his intent to participate in presidential elections in 2020, however in January 2019 he had tweeted about delaying his plans to 2024!

Friendship gone bitter?

Rapper Kanye West and present US president Donald Trump have shared nice camaraderie until very lately. The fellowship was for all to see in October 2018, as Kanye infamously displayed a pink hat with Trump’s chorus ‘Make America Great Again’. However, the ‘Black Lives Matter’ motion seemingly led to a rift. A staunch supporter of the motion, Kanye has pledged $ 2 million to the households of George Floyd and two extra who died in latest clashes. Trump has labelled this motion as a ‘image of hate’.

Publicity gimmick?

According to political pundits, if Kanye’s presidential bid is taken significantly and he fights independently, it’ll chunk into Joe Biden’s black assist, which is able to finally assist Trump. With probably the most important elections within the historical past of America nearly 4 months away, many tout Kanye’s transfer as a bid not at presidency however publicity for a brand new album. It nonetheless stays unclear if Kanye is even registered to make his political claims.

Not a brand new phenomenon

Celebrities turning to political lanes hasn’t been a brand new phenomenon. Right from Arnold Schwarzenegger to our very personal Babul Supriyo have ridden on their huge reputation wave to hunt political beneficial properties. Hollywood’s ‘the Gipper’ Ronald Reagan grew to become the 40th president of the United States and loved two phrases on the White House.

The Terminator-fame Arnold Schwarzenegger loved two phrases because the Governor of California. Kal Penn, the American actor with Gujarati roots, was lively in Barack Obama’s administration, the place he served as an affiliate director within the White House Office of Public Engagement.

Real property mogul Donald Trump has had a profitable stint as present host with The Apprentice and The Celebrity Apprentice earlier than donning the president’s hat. District Attorney on the present Law amp; Order Fred Thompson grew to become a Senator from Tennessee after making a failed presidential bid. Shirley Temple, who received Hollywood as a baby actor, ran unsuccessfully for Congress, however later served as US ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia.

Meme fiesta

Meanwhile, Twitterati had a blast making memes about Kanye’s newest transfer. From ‘ready for namaste Kanye occasion at Ahmedabad 2024’ to ‘maintaining with Kardashians the White House version’, meme-makers had a subject day. Hilton heiress Paris Hilton and actor-director Bob Saget threw of their declare too. Hilton tweeted ‘Paris for president’, together with her followers supporting ‘make America sizzling once more’ chorus!

Taking a dig at Kardashian to launch her very personal ‘First Lady’ make-up vary to requests by ‘Swifties’ for a popstar to struggle Kanye, there’s a lot on the internet. Lawyer and creator Meena Harris jumped in with ‘Taylor Swift for president’ tweet. “Taylor Swift will defeat Kanye West and become the first female president of the United States,” learn a tweet from @ppredictors. “If Kanye gets elected as president, I want Taylor Swift to gatecrash his first speech and say something like, ‘Yo Kanye, I’m happy for you, imma let you finish but I think Beyonce deserves to be president instead’,” posted one other Twitter person.

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