Why won’t white people let Kanye be great?

The other day, someone forwarded me a petition to have Kanye West banned from the Grammys. I thought to myself, Damn, someone created a petition to have Kanye West banned from the Grammys. Then I took a look at it, and come to find out it’s a petition I started myself, five years ago.

I only ever remember it having about 500 signatures, at the time. Maybe there were more than that. It’s hard to remember. It’s been a while. To think, that was half a decade ago. It’s even going on four years since I started blogging for this site. Time flies when your life is going nowhere.

My petition is up to 2,000 signatures now. Maybe even more than that. It’s been over a week now since I took a look at it, and I notice people were steadily adding their names to it, along with angry comments about what he did to Taylor Swift at the VMAs, weeks after the fact. Cracka-ass crackas aren’t about to forget that shit.

When Kanye pulled his little stunt a few weeks ago, I never would have guessed it would lead to such an intense backlash. Usually, these things are over and done with by the time they’ve shifted from the 24 hour news cycle – which is really more like a 15 minute news cycle these days, with Twitter and what have you.

Someone with the tools and the talent should try to put a dollar amount on the lost revenue as a result of Kanye pulling an ODB at the VMAs. We know the cancellation of his tour with Lady Gaga probably had something to do with the backlash. I heard she’s going out on tour by herself now, and tickets are selling very well. And I read yesterday on Twitter that the TIs pulled the plug on his clothing line, Pastelle. Damn.

The amount of Yellow Tail I drink these days, I probably wouldn’t have put one and two together, if I didn’t read on Sandra Rose just now that Kanye’s clothing line being pulled probably had something to do with people realizing that Kanye is an epic douche. Maybe the clothes just looked retarded, like most of the stuff Kanye wears, but I doubt we’d be hearing about Pastelle getting dropped like a bad habit, if it wasn’t for the problems he’s been having the past few weeks.

These clothing lines seem like such a no brainer. Jay-Z has his own clothing line, and he always kinda looks like one of the kids from my high school’s “resource” department, aka the Lost World. Keep in mind, I mean that in the best way possible. I don’t think you can trust a man that looks too well put together. All of the smartest men I’ve ever met looked at least a little bit “off.”

I know Damon Dash used to make a show of having himself photographed in the offices of Roc-A-Wear, scrutinizing the designs of the various garments, but I seriously doubt he came up with any of that shit on his own. I read in college that most of these designers just buy generic shit and have their logo sewn onto it. All of the money in the fashion business is in licensing.

You’d think Kanye West, of all people, could make a lot of money with his own clothing line. (And by his own clothing line, I of course mean a clothing line secretly owned by the TIs, for which he receives a fee to act as the nominal black proprietor.) He’s as well known as any number of other celebrities with their own clothing lines, and he’s had more influence on fashion than pretty much anyone as of late.

These days, you see so many black kids walking around in faux hawks, extra medium t-shirts, tight jeans and what have you, and it’s obvious they’re just wearing their little sisters’ clothes. Some company could probably come along and make a mint off of these fruits, just like companies made so much money off of grunge wear and extra baggy pants and what have you back in the ’90s. This could have been Kanye’s moment.

I’m not buying for a minute the story that Kanye’s clothing line had to be canceled because the clothes were too gay. Not in 2009. The people who were really putting up the money for it realized Kanye’s name is no longer worth a shit. As mad as white people are about what happened at the VMAs, not to mention the black president, who wants to wear a shirt that says Kanye West on it? You could fuck around and get shot.

I read yesterday that Kanye is supposedly about to spend a month in a Hindu retreat, smoking a hookah and eating house cats or whatever, and I’m assuming this is a matter of the TIs putting him on time out. This reminds me of when Malcolm X had to be put on time out, for saying JFK’s assassination was the devil’s chickens coming home to roost. Who ever heard of a grown man being put on time out?

A month is a long time to be out of the spotlight in this day and age. The TIs must seriously be concerned about whether or not his image can recover. I guess they saw what happened to Michael Vick. He did his year in the joint (a form of time out), but he might never get back in white people’s good graces. Nike tried to cut him a check, but PETA wasn’t having it, so instead he had to do a reality show on BET.

I shudder to think how that BET check compares to that Nike check.

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  • Harmen

    whaddup bol I’m lovin that last line but still some of those clothes weren’t taht bad, nobody hated on ODB when he went on the grammies, “p diddy is good but wu-tang is great!”, if he went up there while another rapper was on there NO white people would hate on him… at all they would just say hes quirky fuckin people with these consumer attitudes piss me off, either way solid post bol

    • geico lizard

      Taylor Swift is hosting Saturday Night Live so basically Kanye is fucked and taylor swift is riding the wave of hate on Mr West.

  • Harmen

    LMAO daaaamn bol that last line was classic ahahahah
    but i digress, past telle had some nice jackets and what not, but damn it shows how far opinion can scare the tall isrealies (who are runnin this rap shit)but nobody hated on ODB when he went up there during the grammies, or 50! its just cuz she was a pretty little white girl if he went up there when a rapper was there white people wouldn’t give a shit. But then again we’d prbly have a vibe awards incident

  • AZ40

    Since grammy’s and awards are the only thing he cares about put his ass on a time out from one of those events and I bet his ass learns how to act in public. To HARMEN we didn’t really have the overhyping of things and sensationalizing of things in the media when ODB did it like we do now especially with how big the interwebs has become over the years and all these entertainment shows

  • Harmen

    (mystikal voice) true true,

  • latino heat

    i guess if you want to read a Bol post you have to get in early. before the powers that be magically make another one of his posts disappear for no reason except they are too damn sensitive i came on here about 1:30 p.m. (west coast time) yesterday and his post was already gone. lighten up XXL. i’m sure whatever Bol said wasn’t that bad.

    anyway good post as usual Bol.

  • General

    A grown ass man put in timeout! Thats exactly what I thought when I heard that he was going to some retreat for a month…

    I just hope they took his Iphone, laptop, and any other means of communicating with the outside world otherwise I’m sure he’ll be hittin up twitter or his blog to vent occassionally…

    And your right about the fact he lost more money from this outburst than most of us will see in our lifetime, lol

    • General

      Oh yeah, and just because Kanye is on timeout I hope that doesn’t mean we won’t be seeing Amber Rose for a while either…

  • kid video

    With all of the “modeling” she been doing I wound’nt be surprised if they broke up in the meanwhile…before the hate starts to spread.

  • sealsaa

    “Kanye’s clothing line being pulled probably had something to do with people realizing that Kanye is an epic douche”

    Amen. I could give two shits about Taylor Swift, i’m just sick of this fruit and his never ending mouth. I hope 50 Cent keeps taking jabs at him.

    • General

      “I hope 50 Cent keeps taking jabs at him.”

      Yeah Kanye don’t want to fuck wit 50 cuz 50 will end his career…oh wait, he already tried that. Maybe next time

  • capcobra

    i believe that smedium look came from jim jones..back when he used to wear the tight thermals with the sleeves pulled up..weezy and kanye jacked him for that look..and now all these kids rocking it….but real niguz don’t wanna wear a brand named “pastelle” anyhow…hell..niguz don’t even wear pastel on easter.

    • $ykotic/Don McCaine

      “niguz don’t even wear pastel on easter.”


      They put ‘Ye on a timeout because he “frightened” Taylor but Asher can exercise his 1st Amendment rights freely.


      • Chilly Willy

        Remember Nipplegate ?

        Janet became outkast (no left foot) while Timberlake, well you know the story.

        Next thing you know, Michael Richards is gon’ host the oscar…..

  • sealsaa

    @ $kyotic

    Difference being, is that this is the second time he’s thrown a temper tantrum at an awards show. As “opinionated” as Asher Roth is, at least his stupidity has been limited to twitter. Its less a matter of what Kanye said as to how he said it. His way of “expressing his opinion” is more akin to that of a 5 year old, and people are tired of that shit.

    • $ykotic/Don McCaine

      sealsaa that was sarcasm.

  • OG Matt Herbz

    Yo, I’ll kill Kanye West AND Asher Roth for the right price…

    …the “right price” being a few hours smoking up and getting my freak on with Trina and Nicky Minaj. Do it for the culture, ladies.

    –OG Matt Herbz–

  • sealsaa

    @ $kyotic

    Oh. Jolly good.

  • Broke Iz A Disease

    Who do ya’ll think buy his albums? WHITE POEPLE

  • $ykotic/Don McCaine

    I’m surprised this post is still up…

  • One900Romello

    I guess M.T.V. still didn’t cut the check. Quite frankly until everybody facebook and so on the incident who was watching. Kanye made the show this year. As if he showed up to the grammy’s some would watch like I wonder if he is gonna spaz. Then there is the famous he wouldn’t do it to Fifty…..who cares Fif being shunned now at the grammy’s as it is. 16 nominations never won. Fif says so other artist get the trophies I get checks. He’s been mizunderstood since. Personally it may not have been the right time for Kanye to express his feelings. But F*** it he did and I love him for that.

  • http://www.mindofq.com Q-Bot

    FINALLY someone says it:

    Kanye acting foolish does not diminish the quality of his work!

  • Worley

    You have to love the Lady Goo Goo ads with this post. Brilliant!!

  • anutha_level

    “who wants to wear a shirt that says Kanye West on it? You could fuck around and get shot.”

    that’s some funny shit…

  • Redd

    Kanye West is a crybaby asshole.

  • Brooklyn

    “And by his own clothing line, I of course mean a clothing line secretly owned by the TIs, for which he receives a fee to act as the nominal black proprietor.”

    that was probably it right there, kanye was probably tired of playing house nigga, so he showed his ass at the vma’s, trying to get his nat turner on, and just like nat he got lynched. not literally, but figuratively speaking. first he’s forced to apologize, then he’s kicked off a tour, then his clothing line is scrapped, then he goes on “vacation” i.e., exile. and y’all notice that his delusional ass comments have ceased in the last few weeks too. but of all the rappers to have a clothing line, it would make the most sense for kanye to have one, he’s actually into that fashion shit for fashion’s sake.