I know Ronald Reagan kicked it all off in the 80s by switching Hollywood life for a period in the Oval Office, but now I’m starting to wonder if we’ll ever have an actual politician running for office again.
And the latest celeb to make a play for the presidency is none other than Mr. Kardashian himself, Kanye West, who held his first US Presidential campaign rally in Charleston, South Carolina last night, with it proving to be even more mental than you might have first thought.
West appeared with “2020” shaved into the back of his head and wore a protective security vest, and addressed the gathered crowd without a microphone, so he had to repeatedly tell them to be quiet in order to hear the questions.
He also doubled down on a number of controversial issues, talking openly about abortion and saying ‘there would have been no Kanye West’ without his mum because his dad wanted to abort him.
Check how it went down below:
He also tearfully admitted that he “almost” aborted his daughter North West, 7, with wife Kim Kardashian, 39, in 2012.
“I almost killed my daughter…My girlfriend called me screaming, crying. I’m a rapper. And she said I’m pregnant. She was crying,” he explained, noting that he was in Paris at the time. “Even if my wife were to divorce me after this speech, she brought North into this world, when I did not want to,” he said.
I called my wife and she said, ‘We’re gonna have this baby.’ I said, ‘We’re gonna have this child. I know people that are 50 years old that didn’t have children, that have never been able to experience the level of joy that I experienced having a child.
However he then added that he believes abortion should remain legal, but there should be financial support for struggling new mothers – suggesting that “everybody that has a baby gets a million dollars”.
“The only thing that can free us is by obeying the rules that were given to us for a promised land,” he said. “Abortion should be legal because guess what? The law is not by God anyway, so what is legality?”
He then gave an impromptu monologue about 19th century abolitionist Harriet Tubman – a hugely respected American abolitionist who freed enslaved Black Americans via an Underground Railroad system.
‘Harriet Tubman never actually freed the slaves, she just had the slaves go work for other white people,’ he said, a statement which prompted groans from the audience and led some people to walk out.
It comes just two weeks after Kanye’s surprise announcement on the Fourth of July that he was running for president, and at this rate, with the way the world is going in 2020, I honestly wouldn’t bet against him.
There’s loads of videos of prominent people back in 2016 scoffing at the idea of Donald Trump getting into the White House, and look how that turned out.
Never underestimate the power of a narcissistic celebrity.
Charismatic, witty, charming, engaging - four things Joshua Rogers will never be. Thankfully, he’s a semi-competent editor, who, after graduating university with two mostly pointless degrees, joined The Hook two years ago. He subsequently honed his writing skills over several features and investigative pieces, arguably letting The Hook audience in on way too much of his personal life.