The point at which celebrity meets politics has reached its cusp regarding Kanye West, and his political motivations as of recent. Of course, the election was held earlier in the week, and while Kanye West can’t win due to his lack of campaigning and proper legal requirements involved with running in a presidential race. His spirits have continued to expand as the election drew closer and up until the point in which it eventually came to a close. West joined The Joe Rogan Experience podcast last week, to articulate that “I believe my calling is to be the leader of the free world,” as he stated in a conversation with Joe Rogan. West spoke about a lot of things during the extended interview, not really allowing much room for Rogan to ask questions or speak at all. But, his political ideologies took center stage.
West surely was busy in the weeks that led up to the election. West shared how to write in his name for presidential candidacy on ballots all over social media the week before November 3rd. As well as appearing on Joe Rogan’s podcast to promote himself. In doing so, he also mentioned that he wouldn’t mind running for the governor of California if that was indeed the path he’s meant to take. Which has caused quite a bit of conversation as a result. And it seems like as West continues his arch into politics, more celebrities like himself are disapproving of his ventures.
Recently, Jennifer Aniston posted on Instagram to show that she voted but to also sway people from casting a vote for Kanye West in the election that occurred this past Tuesday. Her caption read:
“#IVOTED for @joebiden and @kamalaharris. I dropped my ballot off, and I did it early 👏🏼 I voted for them because right now this country is more divided than ever. Right now, a few men in power are deciding what women can and can’t do with their own bodies. Our current President has decided that racism is a non-issue. He has repeatedly and publicly ignored science… too many people have died.
I urge you to really consider who is going to be most affected by this election if we stay on the track we’re on right now… your daughters, the LGBTQ+ community, our Black brothers and sisters, the elderly with health conditions, and your future kids and grandkids (who will be tasked with saving a planet that our leadership refuses to believe is hurting). ⠀
This whole thing isn’t about one candidate or one single issue, it’s about the future of this country and of the world. Vote for equal human rights, for love, and decency. ⠀
PS – It’s not funny to vote for Kanye. I don’t know how else to say it. Please be responsible 🙏🏼”
Many others like Katy Perry, John Legend, and Anthony Anderson pled with their followers and fans to not treat the election like a game, which in many cases hinted to the plea to withhold your vote for West and choose another candidate. But, I think the number of people who came out of the woodwork, so to speak, to sway voters from choosing West on their ballots is very telling of how the American people have begun to see celebrities in politics. As Trump showed us, the celebrity in the White House wasn’t all that great of an idea depending on your political standing, of course. An experienced politician who knows how to get the job done will always be better suited for the position. And part of West must have known that. But, his tenacity to promote himself is something to be admired. So, regardless of where you stand and how you voted, it’s likely that the conversation of celebrities in politics has touched your atmosphere, and left you with an opinion, or two. But, I’d say if you are intrigued by West’s persona at all, then I’d give the Kanye West interview with Joe Rogan a listen. It reaches far beyond politics, and into the mind of Kanye West-whether, it’s something you admire or fear.
Forbes described the interview in-depth but ultimately said it best with this quote, “That combination of confidence, ambition, and emotional vulnerability will spark empathy in certain people, while others will dismiss the podcast as three hours of verbal diarrhea. I wouldn’t be surprised if West managed to build a Trump-esque personality cult during his next presidential run. I wouldn’t call it informative, but Rogan’s podcast offered a more honest insight into the mind of Kanye West than any other interview I’ve seen.”