Instead of reading his lines during a post Katrina television fundraiser in 2005, rapper Kanye West went on a rant that seemed to show concern focused only on “his” people. As co-host, a visibly disturbed Mike Myers proceeded with reading his monologue when given the chance, and then was visibly shocked along with most viewers to hear Mr. West suddenly proclaim that “George Bush doesn’t care about black people”.
Cut to 2009 when Taylor Swift was named winner of an MTV VMA award over Beyonce. Kanye West suddenly appeared on stage, interrupting the 19 year old’s winning moments, to declare that Beyonce should have won the best video award!
In this one moment he seemed to demonstrate that he doesn’t care about people, their feelings, their rules of conduct, or their opinions. His willingness to disregard a program as carefully laid out and planned as these live TV events are, and to insert his own ideas and conclusions into the mix, was extremely unseemly for anyone over 5 years old. To change the subject, first from raising money for the hurting victims of nature’s fury into a racist rant, and then from one woman’s victorious acclaim into a selfish statement of personal preference, is indeed very childish.
Now to 2010 and Matt Lauer’s recent interview with George Bush. When asked about the incident described above, Bush said that West’s claim against him was “one of the most disgusting moments of his presidency”. I took this to mean that of all the personal attacks and claims made about the President, West’s was the most disgusting, as it was one made without any support in fact
Within a few days of the Bush interview Matt Lauer had Kanye West on the Today show where he challenged West to watch video of Bush’s statement, and respond. After some uncomfortable moments filled with hedging and hawing, Mr. West eventually made a great statement withdrawing his 2005 claim, and saying that “I did not have the grounds to call him a racist,” Even as Kanye West was apologizing, he went on to complain about being interrupted by the playing of the video where he interrupted Swift’s acceptance speech. He pointed out how rude it was of the Today show producer to be so insensitive. The irony, to make an award winning understatement, was overwhelming.
Whew! What a mess we people live with all the time! We react emotionally to events, we overreact to other’s reactions, and we proclaim, declaim, malign, realign, disdain and complain, every day. I pity those who regularly have their typical human utterances immediately broadcast to the masses. Theirs is a tough lot, for we the public are so quick to judge. I am sure that bloggers everywhere would easily find fault with my ramblings, my demeanor, my facial expression, and even the way I trim my nails, if they only knew!
It is enough for me to know that my God knows all there is to know about me. His judgment, whether positive or negative, is the one that counts. I may sit down with Matt Lauer and work to justify my words and actions before my adoring, or loathing, public, but there is no way my spinning can ever turn God’s head from His unerring and true conclusions about who I am and what I deserve.
Kanye West’s recent history, culminating this week in his Tweeted statements about being “abused” by the Today Show because of the way they treated him on the set, brought the following Bible verse to my mind.
Galatians 6: 7-9
7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.
This truth is one that all of us, Kanye West, Matt Lauer, George Bush and Mike Miller, would do well to keep in mind before we make any rash statements on live television. I can’t speak for the rest of the guys, but I will certainly try to be more careful!