Kanye West attempted to clear up the controversy surrounding comments he recently made about the police and the military.
In case you missed it, the rapper infamously compared himself to police officers and people who serve in the military. Not surprisingly, a lot of people in and out of uniform weren’t exactly thrilled with the guy’s careless remarks.
To set the record straight once and for all, Kanye West sat down with B96’s Stylz and Roman to discuss the comments and the ensuing backlash. In his humble opinion, people have taken his words completely out of context. However, this probably isn’t the apology or retraction some folks were looking for.
“In all the interviews that I’ve been doing recently, there’s so much motivation, inspiration, and insight. And what they’ll do is just take this one sound bite that sounds the most, you know, awkward in a way… I think that yeah, we can compare ourselves to whoever we want to compare ourselves,” the rapper explained.
In addition to explaining how his comments were completely twisted around by the media, Kanye West clarified what he meant by the comparison. In his opinion, the rapper provides a contribution to society that often requires putting himself at risk.
Here’s what West had to say:
“So, when I do the comparison of soldiers or police officers or on a different side, Steve Jobs and Walt Disney. What I’m saying is to not look at it like I’m some celebrity that’s just sitting back and not working and not fighting and not contributing something to society. Like no, this is a contribution. Even just my messaging I put myself at risk [in a way]… So, when I say a soldier or police officer what I’m saying is that I look at that as the highest form of contribution to society.”
Kanye West found himself in the hot seat after he said that releasing music and performing for the masses was as dangerous as “being a police officer or at war or something.”
“Something could happen to you from people not liking you anymore because of your records and you could actually slip on that stage. It’s like we’re walking this tight rope and we’re fighting for creativity and fighting for ideas and fighting for thought,” he said.
The Inquisitr previously reported that West’s comments were recently addressed in an open letter posted to Facebook from Chief David Oliver. In the missive to the rapper, he said that Yeezus should probably try his hand at the armed forces before making such a statement.
What do you think about Kanye West comparing himself to police officers and soldiers?