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Why Kanye West will never be cancelled

Kanye West has always been known for his outlandish comments and wild public stunts, but he’s become more controversial in recent years, with many calling for his “deposition.”

The 46-year-old, now known as Ye, rose to fame as an outspoken hip-hop producer turned actress who has become one of the most prolific rappers of all time.

A marriage to reality TV star Kim Kardashian propelled him to international fame beyond music, and he soon turned to fashion, creating a lucrative line called Yeezys with sportswear brand Adidas.

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Kanye West is seen arriving at the 2019 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2019 in New York City. He has made several controversial comments that some people say should result in him being “cancelled.”
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But he’s since fallen by the wayside in the entertainment world, with Adidas banning him from the Yeezy brand, which he says cost him a billion dollars. forbes had valued his Yeezy deal at $1.5 billion, but without him his fortune dropped to $400 million. That’s still a sizeable fortune, so the question is: can Ye ever be canceled?

Conservative commentator Candace Owens doesn’t seem to think so.

“Kanye West cannot be cancelled. This fact is very puzzling and frustrating to some. If politics has taught me anything, it’s these people.” [who] Those who come from something will never understand those who come from nothing. “What did not create you cannot destroy you” she wrote on Xformerly known as Twitter, on August 8th.

The concept of cancellation originated in black culture and was probably first mentioned in the entertainment industry in the 1991 film New Jack Cityhowever, she rose to mainstream fame during an episode of a reality show in 2014 Love & Hip-Hop: New York when actor Cisco Rosado said to his lover, “You’re canceled.” The effect soon spread beyond black culture and is now commonly referred to as “abandon culture.”

But Ye is very unlikely to be canceled, according to the relational intelligence consultant and coach Shirani M. Pathakbut not for the reasons given by Owens.

“They are like Donald Trump – they will always be popular figures and ‘unbreakable’ icons that will go down in history. That’s because people are obsessed with two things: an icon and a super juicy dramatic story Wild Authenticity: Show yourself. Be seen. get love told Newsweek.

“Kanye/Ye is both. He’s both a cultural icon and makes for some compelling, dramatic and entertaining stories,” said Pathak. “He’s not going anywhere. As a culture, we’re obsessed with people like him.”

“They give us the opportunity to create scapegoats and villains, an outside distraction instead of looking at our own things.”

Since breaking through in the early 2000s, Ye has become an acclaimed artist, but has quickly become synonymous with controversial acts and public statements.

In 2005 he announced: “[then U.S. President George W. Bush] doesn’t care about black people” during a live fundraising marathon for hurricane Katrina survivors in New Orleans.

In 2009, he stormed the stage at the MTV Video Music Awards to snatch the mic from young Taylor Swift, who had just won Video of the Year, and proclaim that Beyoncé should have won instead. They later named Swift in a song called “Famous,” in which he referred to her in a sexual way. The video for this song also featured a mannequin resembling Swift lying in bed with Ye.

Targeting his own community, the rapper explained in a 2018 interview with TMZ, “Slavery was a choice.” Then, just two years later, he surmised that George Floyd, the black man who was murdered by police, was responsible for the 2020 global protests against Black Lives Matter actually “died from fentanyl.”

On the release of his highly anticipated 10th studio album donda, Ye worked with Marilyn Manson and rapper Da Baby, who were both investigated for alleged sexual abuse and homophobic remarks respectively.

“When I sit next to Marilyn Manson and Da Baby, right after they both got canceled, for five songs, it’s like they can’t cancel us all,” he said on an episode of Drink champs Podcast in 2021.

In 2022, he made headlines again during a Yeezy fashion show when he, Owens and runway models wore t-shirts with the slogan “White Lives Matter.” The Anti-Defamation League, a group that fights hate, categorizes the phrase as a “hate slogan” used by white supremacist groups.

But it was just the start of major controversy for the rapper in 2022, as he also made a slew of anti-Semitic comments, including tweets that he wanted to punish the Jewish people with “Defcon 3” and that he loved Nazi leader Adolf Hitler. He opened up about Hitler on conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ podcast, where he also stated that “Nazis did good things.”

For many of his partners, including Adidas and Balenciaga, who cut ties with Ye, it seemed like the straw that broke the camel’s back. Clothing retailer GAP had already parted ways with him, as did major banking institution JP Morgan, which asked Ye to hand over its financial affairs to another bank.

He even received a temporary suspension from Twitter for his views, but Elon Musk restored his account when he bought the social media company in October 2022, only to have it suspended again for his anti-Semitic comments.

you dismounted forbes’ He was on the billionaires list that year, but was among the top five highest-paid entertainers in 2022.

Whether or not Ye is officially canceled and no longer has a career isn’t the point, because for Pathak, “cancellation culture is never an effective vehicle for anything other than disgrace.”

“I promise you nothing productive will come of it. But if your goal is to hold someone accountable for the damage they caused, then terminating them isn’t the way to go. In fact, terminating someone is like sending a child to be inflicted on them.” “I behaved badly because I was in their room thinking about what they were doing and expecting them to that they come out with an understanding of what they did, why it was wrong, and never do it again — without actually speaking to them,” she said.

“Instead, this behavior plants a seed of shame that is watered and grows with each new experience of annulment or exclusion.”

Pathak argued that humans are destined to belong and thrive through connection and community.

“Avoiding ourselves from the group when we’ve done harm (i.e. canceling ourselves) doesn’t teach us a lesson, it just causes further harm – to the person being canceled and the people doing the cancellation, especially because it blocks any opportunity to do so. “Create a deeper understanding and connection on all sides,” she said.

“It’s really doing us a disservice and just repeating more of the same harmful behaviors that we turn people down for.”

The expert also said it’s important to “fully consider their thought processes, their mental health, their experiences and their history” when “cancelling” someone.

“We’re so quick to call someone or something ‘bad’ and then call it off, but do we take the time to understand the human on the other end?” Pathak questions.

“Reading some of the direct quotes of what Ye said takes me back to a time sitting with some of the severely and persistently mentally ill clients I worked with right out of college.”

She added, “Reading Yes’s quotes made my heart ache and I feel so much compassion for him as a person. Taking the time to understand the people behind the behaviors gives us an opportunity to connect with caring.”

Ye was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2016 and a few years later announced that he had stopped his medication because he felt he could be more creative without it.

While he was still wrong in his comments, Pathak argued it was important “to know a little bit about his personal experiences and history so that we can understand him a little bit better as a person and what he might be going through.”

“There is a way to do both: hold someone accountable for the things they say and do, and still treat them with love, compassion and caring. Relational intelligence provides the capabilities for how we can do that,” she said.

“Ye” may already be too big a cultural giant to ever be discontinued, as he proclaimed on his debut hit single “Through the Wire,” which he recorded with his jaw locked after a serious car accident in 2002.

“You can’t stop me from rapping can you?” He rapped on the groundbreaking track.

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