In our modern years of hip-hip, the artist whose acclaimed the most weight in the political arena has to be Kanye West. From being dubbed the title of creating the “most disgusting moment” of a former President’s term; to being called a “jackass” by the most prolific President we’ve had in years, West has made a name for himself in politics without being necessarily political.
Author, political commentator, and host of her self-titled show, Melissa Harris-Perry threw together a panel of judges yesterday for what became an interesting battle of words. Using anonymous quotes from Newt Gingrich and Kanye West, the panel was to judge based off knowledge and educated guessing which quote belonged to whom. More than the entertainment of it all, the factors that came in to play–particularly on the quotes incorrectly guessed–proved three things to me without a doubt. And these revelations of course, came from the realization of one thing: Would our country benefit as either component as leader? The answer? No.
And this comes from a huge Kanye fan. As much as j’adore Kanye’s musical talents, creative artistry and style, his passion makes for great debates and even greater entertainment, but would be a disaster in the Oval Office. Through my initial following of the Republican debates, (i really just can’t take any more on my psyche), very similar can be said of Gingrich. Gingrich is provocative in his debates because he speaks on what he believes as fact. And most of his followers–who may not wholeheartedly agree–have succumbed to his passionate antics. Once, even going so far as giving him a standing ovation for one of the most racist, uninformed comments made throughout his campaign.
But I’m not here to Newt-bash (today). Instead, I’d like to present to you the top three similarities between Newt Gingrich and Kanye West, which are both scary and awkwardly tantalizing at the same time.
1. both have openly discussed their past relationship mistakes
Kanye West has created several great pieces of art about his ex-experiences. From “808s & Heartbreak” to “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,” Ye hasn’t been the one to keep his feelings bottled up. And he’s caught a bit..of..slack for it, too.
But undoubtedly, Newt Gingrich has had it handed to him the worst; with justifiable cause. With two marriages under his belt, and currently smothered in his third, his sudden change of heart has made front-page news. Not only did he convert to Catholicism after his second divorce–which does not condone the breaking of vows–but he also married the woman he cheated on his second wife for; his staffer on Capitol Hill. To make matters even more juicy (or disgusting), his explanation of the matter was nothing short of self-centered:
“There’s no question at times of my life, partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country, that I worked far too hard and things happened in my life that were not appropriate.” – CatholicVote.org
Nothing can be more inappropriate than the image of Newt with any woman, though. Am I right?
2. both believe they can change the world with their popularity
Newt Gingrich once stated that his personal ambition will help alter the state of our current planet. That was back in 1985 and no one had any idea of what the hell he meant then; today in 2012, we’re still not 100% sure but we’ve gained a bit more clarity. He’s always had this genius plan of living on the Moon, and the reason why it’s so repetitive in his speech now is because he believes the time has come. Well, more power to you, Newt!
Kanye West, on the other hand, has a different idea of using his popularity power for good. He wants to “help simplify and aesthetically improve everything we see hear, touch, taste and feel.” During his early January 2012 rant, he revealed via his Twitter page about his future plans for his company, DONDA, named in memory of his now deceased mother. “DONDA will be comprised of over 22 divisions with a goal to make products and experiences that people want and can afford.” The idea is extraordinarily ambitious, but heart-warming in its mission. Even so, it seems a bit too much for one man. While his tweets sought for a group of like-minded folk with creatively driven minds, it’s damn sure not impossible, but definitely appears to be a case of over-shooting the rainbow. Starting small and building to encompass the entire dream is the best way to go. And it’s very possible that he may be doing just that. Overall, he definitely sparked more than one brain; maybe that’s the power only one man needs afterall.
3. both have accumulated a long list of “haters” for their antics
Kanye West and Newt Gingrich have yet to recover from a few of their antics in the past. West, for one, may never recover with the Pro-Bush community for his speech during the Hurricane Katrina fiasco and telethon; or with the country community for the national shut-down of so-called sweetheart Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech.
And Newt Gingrich has a handful of unfavorables on his side. I don’t really see any reconciliation with the Black community aware of his “janitorial” position (other than the sad and unforgivable Herman Cain); or in conjunction with the Latino community for his ‘Asians are smarter than minorities‘ idiocy.
Even as the two are similar, we must thank all of the appropriate factors that they are also different.Either way, I think we have enough information to know why neither would make a great President. It’s just a troubling sight to see that one–and most disturbingly the most worrisome one–has an actual shot at being so.
For more similarities on the two, check out the inspirational video below for this piece and drop us a line about your position on the two… I wonder how the two would make out as running mates? Where is Dave Chappelle when you need him?