At a DONDA listening party on Friday (27th August) in front of a makeshift version of Kanye’s childhood house, DaBaby and Marilyn Manson joined West, or Ye.
This has sparked outrage within multiple communities.
Last month, DaBaby showed his true colours by randomly going on a extremely homophobic rant. You can read more about this here.
The rapper said very defamatory comments about people with HIV/AIDS, then went on to give a one of the of the most infamous non-apologies ever.
Manson has multiple allegations of grooming and abuse against him, and has since become absent from the music world.
You could argue, both musicians have been the “victim” of the new phenomena of “cancel culture”. Both musicians could definitely be classed as “controversial”.
Kanye himself has been caught in controversy more than once. From stealing the stage from Taylor Swift at the 2009 VMA’s, to claiming slavery “sounds like a choice”.
The involvement of Manson and DaBaby leaves a bitter taste when thinking about DONDA.
It also massively questions who in Kanye’s team is allowing him to do these things?
Maybe his team are too exhausted to challenge the self declared ‘god’ on his controversial artistic choices, maybe Kanye really doesn’t care about homophobia and rape victims.
Even though Manson denies the allegations against him, Kanye’s inclusion of him on the album just seems like a pathetic attempt to glamorise ‘controversy’.
Many celebrities have spoken out about the flaws in cancel culture, which definitely exists, as if they believe the inclusion of a homophobe and a possible rapist would end someone’s career.
The script seems to have been flipped, and a certain level of controversy is now sometimes seen as ‘cool’.
The inclusion of DaBaby and Manson also makes a wider statement to how serious the music industry and music fans take crimes against women and LGBTQ+ people.
Known abuser and controversial artist Chris Brown was lead to believe he would also appear on the album.
Brown has been accused of abuse against women multiple times.
It beg’s the question, why was Brown left out? Does it have anything to do with the multiple allegations against him?
“Kanye a whole hoe,” Brown wrote in a since-deleted Instagram story.
In November, to celebrate Brown being “20 years in the game”, Kanye gifted him a $120,000 SHERP ATV.
The letter read “You’ve overcome so many hurdles and obstacles, you deserve the recognition for all the hard work you’ve put in”
Are the “hurdles and obstacles” he’s referring to the many accusations of abuse?
Nevertheless, the irony of the album named for his mother featuring so many men that have hurt women can’t be ignored.
Kanye West is not a visionary, or a master at his craft, he is a rape apologist and a homophobe and no amount of gospel music can counteract that.
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