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Is Kanye Cancelled? Celebrities further denounce ‘Ye’ after SNL rant

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Is Kanye Cancelled? Celebrities further denounce ‘Ye’ after SNL rant

West accused SNL of bullying for wearing his MAGA hat.

West accused SNL of bullying for wearing his MAGA hat.

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West accused SNL of bullying for wearing his MAGA hat.

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West accused SNL of bullying for wearing his MAGA hat.

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Kanye West is no stranger to controversy. The rapper and fashion designer has been making headlines for his public rants for the past decade. Yet over the last year, it seems West’s outbursts have become more and more combative. Following his recent “Saturday Night Live” (“SNL”) performance on Sept. 29, the rapper reportedly went on a belligerent rant after the show went off the air, accusing the “SNL” staff of bullying him for wearing a MAGA hat and leaving the audience stunned until he was booed off the stage.

Numerous celebrities who were at 30 Rock that night have since spoken out about what happened when the cameras turned off. CNN’s Don Lemon recounts West saying, “If I was concerned about racism, I would have moved out of America a long time ago.”

“SNL” cast member Kenan Thompson was not on stage when Kanye went on his political rant, but said on “Late Night with Seth Meyers”: “We’re all entitled to our opinion, I don’t know if that’s the moment necessarily to hold people hostage like that,” referring to West calling the cast back on stage with him while he made his political speech and accused them of bullying him.

A-list celebrities like Chris Evans and Lana Del Rey also spoke out against West. Del Rey responded to West’s Instagram post, “Your support of [Trump] is a loss for the culture.”

Del Rey was the wedding singer for West and Kim Kardashian’s wedding.

Following the “SNL” rant, West posted a photo of himself wearing a MAGA hat on Twitter and claimed that the United States should abolish the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery.

“We will no longer outsource to other countries. We build factories here in America and create jobs. We will provide jobs for all who are free from prisons as we abolish the 13th amendment,” West tweeted.

West later defended his 13th Amendment tweet by tweeting, “The 13th Amendment is slavery in disguise, meaning it never ended. We are the solution that heals.”

This isn’t the first instance of West being accused of being problematic. West has been very open in his support for President Trump, something that his fans have had a hard time dealing with. This past Spring, the rapper went on a similar political rant on Twitter, claiming that slavery was a choice. For many, this was the last straw.

The real question is, how has this affected business for the rapper and fashion designer? Following his previous Twitter rant in the Spring, West reportedly lost nine million followers in one day after tweeting that slavery was a choice. This time around, there has been a significant increase in signatures on a petition for Adidas to cut ties with West.

Yet his previous album sales did not suffer as poorly as some had hoped. His recent EP, “Ye,” which came out this past summer, earned the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart.

While cancel culture seems to be a real thing on social media, is Kanye really “cancelled”? Or are people still secretly listening to music behind closed doors?

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Morgan Hunnicutt, Reporter

I am Morgan Hunnicutt— English Writing and Rhetoric major with a Journalism and Digital Media minor and a staff writer at Hilltop Views. In addition...

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