With Donald Trump having troubles with finding talent to perform at his inauguration, you’d think he would’ve turned to his new “pal” Kanye West. Well, Tom Barrack, a spokesperson for president-elect’s inauguration committee and Trump’s BFF, told CNN West was not invited to perform at the former Celebrity Apprentice host’s celebration because ’Ye’s music wasn’t right for the “typically and traditionally American event.”
You read that correctly. Despite Kanye being born in the Midwest, uses a style of music, hip-hop, that was invented in the United States, created an anthem called “Made in America,” and will be the subject of a class at Washington University in St. Louis called “Politics of Kanye West: Black Genius and Sonic Aesthetics,” somehow he isn’t “traditionally” fit to perform at an event celebrating the U.S. president.
“We haven’t asked him,” Barrack told OutFront’s Erin Burnett. “He considers himself a friend of the President-elect, but it’s not the venue. The venue we have for entertainment is filled out, it’s perfect, it’s going to be typically and traditionally American, and Kanye is a great guy but we just haven’t asked him to perform. We move on with our agenda.”
Can someone define “traditionally American” please? One would think after West’s viral meeting with the president-elect last month would’ve secured him stage time, but Trump will be Trump.
Twitter is outraged over the incident, and shared with us how they really feel in 140 characters or less.
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) January 19, 2017
— Luke O'Neil (@lukeoneil47) January 19, 2017
— اليعاقبة السود (@TheReelAnderson) January 19, 2017
I didn't know Kanye West wasn't "American" https://t.co/2kUSkB277O
— California ❤️ (@k2rey) January 19, 2017
— DM (@dmsr89) January 19, 2017
— Angela Rye! (@angela_rye) January 19, 2017
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