Kanye West has made a prolific return to Twitter this past week, offering an assortment of advice for young creatives, details of his upcoming projects, and miscellaneous Kanye-isms. However, one such musing from the artist is causing a spat of controversy. In a tweet from Saturday, West endorses far-right figure Candace Owens, citing he “love[s] the way [she] thinks.”
I love the way Candace Owens thinks
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 21, 2018
As reported in The Washington Post, Owens is an activist currently serving as the communications director for Turning Point USA, specializing in “urban engagement.” The organization is a nonprofit aimed at delivering far-right ideology on university campuses around the country – and one very-much aligned with the Trump administration.
Owens has drawn vocal criticism for her stance on the Black Lives Matter movement. In a tweet posted just last week, she described their activists as “a bunch of whiny toddlers, pretending to be oppressed for attention.” She has written frequently on the subject, publishing a piece in 2016 arguing that “Black men getting shot by police isn’t about racism” and defending these positions on conservative media outlets such as the program Infowars. Regarding her shout-out from Kanye West, Owens expressed her elation and the need for the pair to work together to “help wake up the black community.”
I’m freaking out. @kanyewest ….please take a meeting with me. I tell every single person that everything that I have been inspired to do, was written in your music.
I am my own biggest fan, because you made it okay. I need you to help wake up the black community. https://t.co/Uz1nB9K0Oz
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) April 21, 2018
Echoing Kanye’s visit to Trump Tower shortly after the 2016 presidential election, his endorsement of Owens has elicited outrage from fans and pundits alike. Many have cited the extreme reversal in opinion from Kanye’s infamous takedown that President George W. Bush “doesn’t care about black people” in 2004 to now aligning himself with an activist openly condemning the Black Lives Matter movement. See a few fan reactions below.
I'm not surprised Kanye "loves the way Candace Owens thinks," especially after he ran to Trump Tower to genuflect before his king. pic.twitter.com/QESAif5RNX
— Britni Danielle (@BritniDWrites) April 21, 2018
Candace Owens has proven to be anti-Black, anti-LGBTQ and fact-hating.
(Honestly, there are so many more descriptors.)
For Kanye to align himself with her is messy and dangerous.
— Raquel Willis (@RaquelWillis_) April 21, 2018
You gotta understand that Kanye West choosing to empower Candace Owens instead of anybody else is problematic because Owens is just a black Ann Coulter trying to get paid to be a contrarian. She doesn’t deserve our attention.
— Andreas Hale (@AndreasHale) April 22, 2018
YEEZY GET OUT! pic.twitter.com/96p4brosIp
— Thomas Q. Jones (@ThomasJonesRB) April 21, 2018
As of press time, Kanye West has yet to address or elaborate on his stance on Candace Owens.
In less troubling Kanye news, it has been announced that a Nas album he produced is arriving in June. Get the scoop on that here.