"The level of disrespect is appalling."
Kanye West has once again demonstrated his unparalleled talent for poking the bee hive of cultural anxieties: This time, by simultaneously expressing support for President Donald Trump and former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
The rapper/designer/producer paired a
The ensemble struck many observers as inherently contradictory, given that Trump has forcefully denounced NFL players who, inspired by Kaepernick, kneel
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when someone disrespects our flag to say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now! Out. He’s fired! He’s fired!'" the president said last year during a rally in Alabama.
At the same time, the contradiction shouldn't be too surprising for an artist who has consistently resisted being boxed into a conventional media profile.
Still, many liberals took offense to Kanye's sartorial choices.
Kanye is really wearing a MAGA hat with a Kaepernick sweatshirt. The level of disrespect is appalling. pic.twitter.com/IDVaLA9THG— Brittny Pierre (@sleep2dream) September 27, 2018
I'm really looking forward to never listening to another Kanye album again, Kaepernick sweatshirt with a MAGA hat. my god. pic.twitter.com/sK5wjIASv7— Jordan Zirm (@clevezirm) September 27, 2018
While some commenters saw Kanye's outfit choice as a publicity stunt, arguing that the rapper seems to conveniently engage in controversial behavior just before he releases new projects.
Everything Kanye West does is to promote his music. If you want proof, here he is wearing a MAGA hat and Kaepernick jumper at the same. His album comes out Saturday. Considering he thinks very highly of himself, I'm surprised that he feels he needs to do this to sell music. pic.twitter.com/omfQO77ag7— What You're Going To See (@WhatUrGoinToSee) September 27, 2018
#Kanye speaking today in a #Maga hat and a #Kaepernick sweatshirt. When you try so hard to be different just to promote your new project & for the hell of it, and folks swear that makes you a genius... https://t.co/Zkfo9RnzoV pic.twitter.com/tvSmTbdbgM— YBF CHIC (@TheYBF) September 27, 2018
Kanye, for his part , refused to shy away from the controversy, called his hat the "elephant in the room," and complimented himself on his design skills.
“But it’s my hat, I redesigned it,” he reportedly told those present at the Fader offices.
Germania is a staff writer at Pluralist.