SINCE THE BEGINNING of Kanye West’s career, the rapper has had some seriously dedicated fans.
People eagerly await his musical releases and queue outdoors all night in the hopes of owning a pair of shoes designed by the 41-year-old. Kanye has always been pretty controversial and unapologetic about his views, and fans admired him for it. However, over the last year or two, it seems as though he’s trying to push his fans to their limits, by giving them reason after reason to dislike him.
At the start of summer, West said that the 400 years black slavery in America were “a choice“, and praised Donald Trump by tweeting “The mob can’t make me not love him. We are both dragon energy. He is my brother. I love everyone.”
Last week, in a meeting with Trump at the Oval Office, Kanye said:
We have to make our core be empowered. We have to bring jobs into America, because our best export is entertainment and ideas but when we make everything in China and not America, then we are cheating on our country.
Kanye seems to casually be forgetting that his Yeezy shoes are made in Chinese factories.
After his meeting with Donald Trump, Kanye decided to pay a visit to Uganda with his wife Kim Kardashian.
Kim and Kanye met President Yoweri Museveni, who is pretty well known for the numerous homophobic comments he has made over the last few decades. Museveni has called homosexuality “unnatural”, “disgusting”, “abnormal” and supports a Ugandan law that makes homosexuality punishable by law, with sentences up to 14 years in prison. In 2014, Museveni tried to extend this punishment to life in prison or the death penalty, but the new law was annulled.
Homosexuality is illegal in 33 African countries, with varying levels of punishment. Most of the existing sodomy laws were introduced to the continent during colonialism.
At the start of this year, Museveni warned the public about the “wrong practice” of oral sex.
Let me take this opportunity to warn our people about the wrong practices indulged in and promoted by some of the outsiders. One of them is what they called ‘oral sex’. The mouth is for eating, not for sex. We know the address of sex; we know where sex is.
Doesn’t exactly sound like a guy you’d be in any rush to hang out with or condone, but if Kanye’s happy to be friends with Donald Trump, he’d probably hang out with anybody. Instead of condemning Museveni’s views during his trip to Uganda, Kanye West decided to treat him to a fresh pair of Yeezys and they had a chat about promoting tourism in Uganda.
The President then took to Twitter to thank Kanye for his gift.
I welcome American entertainment stars Kanye West and @KimKardashian to Uganda. I held fruitful discussions with the duo on how to promote Uganda's tourism and the arts. I thank Kanye for the gift of white sneakers. Enjoy your time in Uganda. It is the true Pearl of Africa. pic.twitter.com/BO0iD0sFCP— Yoweri K Museveni (@KagutaMuseveni) October 15, 2018
Needless to say, people on Twitter weren’t impressed with the meeting. One man called it ‘shameful’, noting that “sharing this personal gift means you approve of him and his backward policies.”
Queer Eye star Jonathan Van Ness tweeted:
Hopefully Kim and Kanye are in Uganda advocating for its LGBTQ citizens who face a government that has one of the worst records on LGBT rights and safety anywhere in the WORLD, giving President Museveni a pair of shoes, while he advocates for gay men to be burned in public.
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