Kanye West is on the receiving end of a ton of heavy criticism after coming out in support of Donald Trump. Thursday night, the rapper stopped his concert several times to express his support for Trump and his debate style. He also talked about how his show brought voters from both sides together and that fans who voted for either candidate were safe at his show.
However, the biggest blow came right after he told the audience, "I didn't vote but if I did, I would have voted for Trump" and the audience broke out in "boos" for West. That backlash has only continued Friday as news of West's statements make the rounds around the internet. Of course, the immediate reaction for some was to crack jokes.
Kanye: "Jay finally got it thru my head not to run my mouth—"— Complex Music (@ComplexMusic) November 18, 2016
Also Kanye: "I would've voted for Trump" pic.twitter.com/scRDvNK6hj
So this is probably why Jay and Bey don't let Blue Ivy play with Nore— Logan Murdock (@loganmmurdock) November 18, 2016
Jay: ...haha & I just wanna congratulate my brother Kanye!— Ol' QWERTY Bastard (@TheDiLLon1) November 18, 2016
Ye: I support Trump & racism is over
Jay: ...did I say brother, I meant coworker pic.twitter.com/yGrtEJ76Ff
808s and Red States. pic.twitter.com/1AsDSfDFyY— It's Wigs (@singerboi3890) November 18, 2016
It's a sad day. pic.twitter.com/C5g0IdVUnL— visit my site. (@kashmirVIII) November 18, 2016
I miss the old kanye— Jon the Don 💯 (@big_jon4) November 18, 2016
The black and bold kanye
The smokin kush kanye
The anti bush kanye
Not donald trump Kanye
Other reactions, like from Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson, critiqued the rapper's comments.
Kanye is Kanye.— deray mckesson (@deray) November 18, 2016
Are we letting him get away with it? I'm just not sure he's listening to us anymore. https://t.co/OboeZjSjiN— deray mckesson (@deray) November 18, 2016
Besides one of Kanye's close friends sitting down and talking to him, I'm not sure what else can be done to influence his views.— deray mckesson (@deray) November 18, 2016
We all loved Kanye's music back in the beginning -- the honesty, the bravado, the self-critiques. And he's so different in content now.— deray mckesson (@deray) November 18, 2016
But this isn't the first time he's said statements that don't quite make sense to us. If anything I want to know who is calling Kanye today?— deray mckesson (@deray) November 18, 2016
I've not given up on Kanye quite yet. I think he's immensely talented. But I am at a loss re: what will change his mind besides a friend.— deray mckesson (@deray) November 18, 2016
A number of reactions include people saying they are going to boycott the rapper.
I'm a huge Kanye West fan & I've defended a lot of his bullshit throughout the years. But him supporting Trump... yeah he on his own.— LEGEND (@ChriStylezz) November 18, 2016
Haven't Kanye rocked with Kanye for awhile now.. Talented but he's become the total opposite of what he was when he first came out..— Scatterbrained1 (@_Clyphd) November 18, 2016
Last night Kanye West said Trump is a fucking genius if you needed another reason to question his sanity #BoycottKanye— Maritza (@futieton) November 18, 2016
Kanye please don't make me boycott you I have tickets to your NYE show ;_;— Saltz (@SALTZ__) November 18, 2016
I ALMOST bought a tix to the Pablo tour @kanyewest --- glad i didn't. My kanye concert boycott continues...— Jiggy Storyteller (@TJLBowden) November 18, 2016
I have the power to let power go. #boycottkanye pic.twitter.com/KxFfn1eiGT— THEO (@TeddyKGB) November 18, 2016
Kanye loves sensationalism and wants influence, things he shares with Trump. Can't say i'm surprised.— LONNY (@BALDHEADEDSLICK) November 18, 2016
Meanwhile, some wondered how long an actual boycott of Kanye would even last.
wonder how many people are going to actually boycott Kanye and his music instead of making a couple jokes then acting like it never happened— Ferdy G. (@ferdddaws) November 18, 2016
Yall gonna boycott Kanye for supporting a racist then tweet your thanksgiving plates during a well known racist holiday lmaoooo— Chimney Smoke (@SouloJunior) November 18, 2016