Kanye West Wants Michelle Obama To Stop Classisming Poor Little Kim Kardashian
We have never really “gotten” Kanye West, except for that time he said George Bush doesn’t care about black people, because of how that was awesome, and it was awesome because it was true. But we are really, really not getting Kanye West today. He was speaking to Ryan Seacrest — as you do — about how his fiancee, Kim Kardashian, is the hottest — she is quite hot — and basically started free-associating about how America is classist — it is — because millionaire Kim Kardashian is not on Vogue, but Michelle Obama is on Vogue, and Kanye West will not stand for that kind of oppression against millionaire Kardashians.
“Now for me, what I want to create isn’t about black and white, but the reason why I’m not able to create what I want to create is about being black and is about classism. And that’s that wall when I took [Kim] to the Met Ball and they put it up on Vogue.com and tried to say she wasn’t there because they didn’t want a reality show girl there,” he told Seacrest. He also brought up the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which has decreed Kardashian ineligible for the honor because she’s a reality star.
“And classism has been going on before racism … No, we’re classist. We have our cool table. We got our house in the Hamptons. We got our boat, and we got our ticket to the Met Ball … And there’s no way Kim Kardashian shouldn’t be on the cover of Vogue,” West said. “She’s like the most intriguing woman right now. She’s got Barbara Walters calling her like every day … and collectively we’re the most influential with clothing.”
Where Mr. West is incorrect is in not applying the bell hooks critique of Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In – LIKE WE ALL DO – in trying to grasp the essence of classism. Mr. West is correct that “classism” can be a form of social snub against the “not classy” and Kim Kardashian is kinda not classy. Sorry not sorry. Usually, though, classism refers to that whole entrenched social classes thing where the rich discriminate against the poors and make sure the poors have subpar education and a lack of upward mobility. In other words, although new groups breaching the moats of the country clubs and the walls of the boardroom is important in making more rights and privileges available for the less-privileged as well — which we believe hooks disregarded too much in her Sandberg critique — the true pain and tragedy of classism is usually about a class structure that actively works to keep labor cheap, unions crushed, and undesirables from voting and not so much about whether someone ends up on Vogue.
But yes, Kim Kardashian does not have a Vogue cover. We are sure this is quite painful.
Anything else, Mr. West?
No one is looking at what [President] Obama is wearing.
Incorrect! We pay attention when he wears Dad Jeans 🙁
Michelle Obama cannot Instagram a pic like what my girl Instagrammed the other day.”
Got it. The girl who grew up in inner-city Chicago, went on to Harvard Law, and is a greatly beloved (and beautiful!) First Lady of the United States is oppressing Kim Kardashian by being on Vogue even though she doesn’t even hang her ass out.
So basically, shut up Kanye West is what.