Trump’s wholehearted embrace of rapper Kanye West is one of the smartest political moves he has ever made. West is a hugely important defector from the leftist stronghold of showbiz. CNN, CNBC et al. are dissing him with all of the nastiness they can summon, but only because they know how much influence he wields over tens of millions of Americans. Kanye has always been a maverick and seems truly not to care what others think of him. Sitting with Trump in the White House has guaranteed him ostracism from the World of Cool, and that is why breaking ranks so sharply with his radicalized cohort took courage and conviction. But Kanye himself is capable of single-handedly re-defining cool and of bending it in new directions, even those as seemingly outrageous as flirting with GOP politicians. Anyone who would bet against this hasn’t followed the remarkable trajectory of Kanye’s career.
The White House meeting was no mere koffee klatch either, since it focused on issues that have violently polarized America. Kanye was there to talk about prison reform and ‘stop-and-frisk’. For his part Trump declared he was ‘open to anything’, a promise that will doubtless ring true to most Americans, particularly his enemies. A few more high-level defections like this one and the left-tilting entertainment/news complex could be back on its heels. Kanye has made it possible for other popular-culture heavyweights to come out of the closet and do the unthinkable — i.e., literally hug a Republican, and share politically charged ideas with one. This sounds so startling that we shouldn’t be surprised if it eventually becomes fashionable. If so, might we hope to see the following in the future?
- SNL breaks a four-decade drought of humorlessness with a razor-sharp skit lampooning the Clintons
- Matt Damon does a wicked impersonation of Christine Blasey Ford at her little-girliest
- Joy Behar and Maxine Waters shut the f**k up
- Colin Kaepernick stands erect for the national anthem
- The New York Times and the Washington Post endorse school vouchers
- Women start confessing on the op-ed pages that they actually prefer manly men
- The Oscar Awards show ratchets down the rancid jeremiad so that ordinary folks can watch it again
- CNN and MSNBC abandon Russiagate and get back to real news, most particularly the biggest scandal ever: criminal collusion between the FBI, Obama, the Justice Department and the Clintons
- Black Lives Matter and law enforcers reach a truce that leads to a reduction in gang violence