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Kanye West: Celebrities being treated like blacks in the 60’s

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Oh my goodness. I guess what makes people in the “entertainment industry” like Kanye West so successful is because they’re just so darned entertaining. And by entertaining, I mean the fun I have poking my eyes out with sharp implements when I hear the things they say.

Kanye West – no relation to my boss (thank goodness) – in case you’ve somehow missed it, is the famously outspoken “artiste” who just married the highly talented and dorsally-esteemed Kim Kardashian with whom he has a daughter creatively named “North.” West has been blessed with enough talent or hubris or whatever to pursue his God-given right to life, liberty and happiness.

In an interview with GQ, West seems to appreciate that fact, saying “I am a black American male from Chicago who had my rehearsal dinner at Versailles and then got married in Florence with a view of the entire city.”

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For all of you keeping score, Kanye West has a net worth of about $120 million. That’s quite a bit more than “walking around money” – at least in my book. It’s also quite a bit more than I, a white Jewish female from San Jose, will ever get my mitts on.

And yet, Kanye West believes he is still a victim. He is being discriminated against. Because now he’s a CELEBRITY.

In Zach Baron’s interview with West regarding the wedding, Baron writes that he heard West gave a forty-five-minute toast to himself.

Here is West’s reply:

And what I talked about in it was the idea of celebrity, and celebrities being treated like blacks were in the ’60s, having no rights, and the fact that people can slander your name. I said that in the toast. And I had to say this in a position where I, from the art world, am marrying Kim. And how we’re going to fight to raise the respect level for celebrities so that my daughter can live a more normal life. She didn’t choose to be a celebrity. But she is. So I’m going to fight to make sure she has a better life.

I. Really. Don’t. Know. What. To. Say.

Celebrities are being treated like blacks were in the 60’s? I could be wrong in this, but if you’re sitting in the back of the bus right now Mr. West, it’s because you OWN the damn bus.

You have a life of privilege and fortune unimaginable to those who marched for the right to attend a school you probably wouldn’t even send your own daughter to today (and neither would our own black president, for that matter).

There are definitely still racists in this country, but you can’t tell me there are “celebritists” – heck these people who are supposedly out to get you are PAYING YOUR BILLS.

I’m glad you’re fighting to make sure your daughter has a better life. But better than what? Jetting all over the world, staying in luxury villas and wearing fancy designer clothes?

How about a better life of humility, service to others and interest beyond your own self, for starters.

Help me out here folks. Am I off base?

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