Kanye West has been receiving angry backlash on Twitter for defending Bill Cosby.
The American rapper, 38, took to Twitter Tuesday to declare that Bill Cosby is innocent of the sexual assault charges made against him. Cosby, 78, has been accused of sexual assault by more than 50 women, with the earliest incidents allegedly taking place back in the 1960s.
BILL COSBY INNOCENT !!!!!!!!!!— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 9, 2016
Kanye didn’t care to follow up his tweet with an explanation as to why he is backing Bill Cosby. Nobody knows how West came to his conclusion, and it remains to be seen whether some form of clarification will come from him. It’s very unlikely that it will happen. In fact, his next tweet had nothing to do with Cosby at all: it was an ad for Lebron James’ new Nike sneakers.
Wow this is pretty cool ... good job NIKE team... Lebron is my brother pic.twitter.com/QrzpkRwWAk— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 9, 2016
A large number of social media users have been quick to air their outrage and grievances at Kanye West for defending Bill Cosby.
Comedian Sarah Silverman took to Twitter to knock some sense into West, saying: “Kanye!! You can’t be for real. FIFTY WOMEN. With nothing to gain thanks to a statute of limitations ON RAPE. Oy.”
Kanye!! You can't be for real. FIFTY WOMEN. With nothing to gain thanks to a statute of limitations ON RAPE. Oy. https://t.co/3ekYD43uMs— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) February 9, 2016
Out of all the replies directed at Kanye West’s controversial tweet, the one that got the most retweets and favorites showed a GIF of Tyra Banks appearing livid, with a caption that says, “I was rooting for you, we were all rooting for you! How dare you?!”
Overall, the majority of the responses clearly didn’t approve of Kanye’s tweet, with tweets ranging from the outraged to utter disbelief to the hilarious.
@erikmal [Gwen Stefani “Don’t Speak” voice] “Donnnn’t tweeeeeeet.”— Ryan Hudson (@ry_hudson) February 9, 2016
Kanye West tweeted that Bill Cosby is innocent?— Brosephine Wires (@JoParkerBear) February 9, 2016
This is the last straw.
He just lost my vote in 2020.
Kanye West has been nothing but controversial recently. Barely a week had passed since Kanye West ended his bitter feud with Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose before he posted another Twitter rant claiming that Puma tried to “divide” his family by signing Kylie Jenner. That same day, West made a vague apology tweet directed at Michael Jordan (who doesn’t use Twitter), saying that his “beef was with Mark Parker.” According to Mashable, Mark Parker is Nike’s CEO, and the tweet was meant to be a slam against Nike.
Just when you thought Kanye West was done ranting on Twitter, he posted the tweet defending Bill Cosby, which in true Kardashian tradition, broke the Internet.
There’s no sign that Kanye will let up on his Twitter barrage any time soon, as his latest tweet proved that he wasn’t done taking potshots at Puma.
There are many netizens on Twitter who feel that Kanye West’s Twitter rampage was all part of his publicity stunt for his upcoming album, which he revealed has the initials T.L.O.P. for a title. No one knows for sure what T.L.O.P. stands for, but there were some Twitter users (and a few celebrities) who were eager to hazard a guess.
Maybe it's a children's album. "The Lonely Old Pickle." There's my guess. #TLOP— Jason Isbell (@JasonIsbell) February 9, 2016
Kanye West’s new album is set to drop on Thursday.
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