October 31 | Amina Shindy
“I will go down as the voice of this generation, of this decade, I will be the loudest voice.” -Kanye
Something that I’m sure everyone has heard about is Kanye West’s intentions of running for presidency in 2020. Notoriously known for being married to Kim Kardashian and designing the famous ‘Yeezy Boost’, Kanye made public his bid for presidency at the 2015 VMAs. This unanticipated announcement had one of two effects on people. The first being it inspired them, and led to them supporting his decision. The second was that the news shocked them and was thus met with immediate criticism and ridicule. The second effect, obviously, was the more common one.
Although there have never been any so-called celebrities as presidents, there’s a first for everything. Our society has a knack for breaking the norms. Humanity never foresaw people landing on the moon, no one ever expected an African-American to be voted into presidency, and nobody imagined that it would ever be possible to communicate instantly with someone living in a different country. Yet he we are, in 2015, with potential colonies of humans going to live on Mars, Barack Obama’s 8-year candidacy coming to an end, and cellphones enabling live video chats between anyone globally.
Kanye is a Grammy-winning rapper and desired producer raised in a middle-class household in Chicago. His mother was an English Professor and his father a renown photographer. Kanye’s passion for music was evident at a young age as he became deeply involved in Chicago’s hip hop scene. How a hip hop artist could have ever gotten the notion of running for presidency is what I believe bewildered and confused the world when he first made his announcement.
I don’t think we should be so quick to laugh at Kanye’s intentions though. If voted in, he may end up being the worst president ever, slacking off and making poor, irrational decisions. On the other hand, he may end up saving lives and working to correct internationally significant issues. There’s no way of telling. I, for one, will support him for his individuality and seemingly impossible quest to achieve presidency.
Whether Kanye is really serious about running for presidency or not, I personally would like to see Mr. West as President. Who knows, he might just turn out to be one of the most interesting, influential, and publicly attuned candidate the White House has ever seen.