Last week, we took to our TikTok to ask the polarising question that had already caused drama in our Instagram comment section: are you still listening to Ye’s music? As expected, it was the Kanye die-hard fans versus the old fans who have decided to stop listening to his music.
Just to be clear, our TikTok was not intended to attack Kanye West’s music, but rather to shed light on the art versus artist debate after the rapper’s recent anti-sematic spews, amongst other controversies. For @dantejohnson2003, it doesn’t matter what Kanye says or does, as he commented “We luv Ye no matter what”.
He was not alone in this sentiment, shared by @intxrlude who exclaimed “NEVER STOPPED LISTENING” and @glpone who made it a point to let us know that “Yes, [they] have a whole Ye playlist” before adding “Cancel culture is dangerous and needs to stop”. Funnily enough, an account who may or may not be Kanye West (it’s definitely not) called @heyitsmekanyewest_ commented “W” under each comment in support of the artist.
The other side was not as forgiving though, with @bleachatl pointing out that “These comments do not pass the vibe check. At all”. Others admitted to having stopped listening to Ye’s music, including @kkkkjajahaha and @xaianvas who said “I haven’t listened to his music in about a year or more”. @heyitsmekanyewest_ responded to that comment with an “L”.
There is no right or wrong answer to the debate about separating the art from the artist – that is the whole point of a debate. @sail0rsaturnz clearly stated their position by stating “I detach the artist from the art”. What’s important here is to have the conversation and hold Kanye accountable for the things he’s done, such as @tiktoktickety did when they commented “He passed his WLM tees to the homeless in [downtown] LA. They were then attacked by others”, calling Kanye “egotistical”.
Whether or not you still listen to Ye’s music, that’s a personal choice and we are not here to tell you what to do. Instead, we are shedding light on the consequences of Kanye’s recent actions, which have been detrimental to particular communities, and what supporting an artist like that really means.
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