Kanye West (pictured here looking like he’s having a tough time evicting a difficult doodie) and Bret Easton Ellis recently recorded a podcast in which they engaged in an hour-long conversation/circle-jerk about film, fashion, and creativity, and it’s just as insanely delusional as you would imagine a podcast starring Kanye West could be. Complex has transcribed a few of the better parts, including this truly WTF comment on slavery (those prone to SMDH Syndrome should be advised that the following passage is very long and could seriously aggravate their condition):
“I felt like the main character [in Twelve Years a Slave]. And what I’m dealing with even as a mega-popular rich celebrity, you know, ‘Fuck you, who do you think you are to complain about anything?’ situation that I’m in. In the past when I’ve dealt with attempting to create in other fields, or attempting to create in clothing. I’ve kind of been on this campaign that started with, ironically, my song, ‘New Slaves.’ Where I was sitting in Paris and dealing with all of these companies that I had promoted, and I saw my friends promote it. And the reason, literally, why they would sell on Barneys’ floors is because me and Jay Z and everyone wore it. It’d be something that maybe I kind of discovered four years before then me and Don C started putting it on-trend.
Then you start doing more research and say, ‘Hey, I want to be a part of the creative conversation and be able to make money off of that also.’ They stop you right there and say, ‘You can’t be a part of that conversation,’ or they’ll give you a one-off. At Louis Vuitton I did one shoe. At Nike I did two shoes but they spread them apart over four years and they had the most impact possible. I kind of saw that side of what it was, as a creative, to be free, the parallel to the main character in Twelve Years a Slave. When it was taken away from me, it felt like what it felt like as a creative to be enslaved.”
Since it’s impossible for you to see my reaction, I’ll use the gif which most accurately represents my feelings. Take it away, Donna Meagle!
WHAT. THE. FUCK, YOU GUYS?!? Is Kanye West out of his goddamned mind?!? I literally have no words. He just compared designing a single shoe for Louis Vuitton with American Slavery. Do we have to wait till he puts on a ratty wig before we realize he’s fucking insane? It doesn’t really end there, though. Kanye also pulled the bug up his butt and flicked it at Zappos:
“I got into this giant argument with the head of Zappos, that he’s trying to tell me what I needed to focus on. Meanwhile he sells all this shit product to everybody, and his whole thing is based off of selling shit product.”
Zappos, proving they’re deserving of all your high-fives today, responded to Kanye’s slam with this picture on Facebook:
The only thing that would have made this picture 100% accurate is if there was a bottle of Kim Kardashian’s perfume floating in the bowl (on sale now at Zappos!)