After hearing of Kanye West’s plight, and the fact that he is short some $53 million to pay off his debts, a kind soul started a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds for Kanye. Isn’t it sweet?
With all the drama surrounding Kanye West, including his desperate Twitter plea for Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg to help bail him out, people only want to help, it seems. Or, do they?
According to GQ, shortly before performing on SNL recently, West sent out a plea on Twitter, saying he desperately needs $53 million because his dreams have brought him into debt and that he’s close to seeing the light of day.
I write this to you my brothers while still 53 million dollars in personal debt… Please pray we overcome… This is my true heart…
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 14, 2016
my dreams brought me into debt and I’m close to seeing the light of day…
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 16, 2016
Since then, West has been begging for money from everyone, from Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg to Adidas and his many fans, without success.
Taking pity on his plight, someone named Jeremy Piatt started a GoFundMe page just for Kanye West; but, on closer inspection, it might be some kind of sarcastic joke.
Titled “Get Kanye Out of Debt,” the GoFundMe page is looking to raise enough funds from West’s fans to get the rapper out of financial trouble.
— FOX25 News Boston (@fox25news) February 19, 2016
Started four days ago, the GoFundMe account has managed to raise a princely $5,599 of the required $53 million from 625 people at the time of this writing, so it has a long, long way to go.
Saying, “We must be the Medici family to Kanye,” the page describes West as a “prolific entertainer/fashion icon/celebrity/member of the Kardashian family” whom “needs our help.”
Pointing out that West is unlikely to get any help from Mark Zuckerberg, the description goes on to highlight other recent Kanye West tweets, where the rapper brags of being personally rich and able to buy furs and houses for his family, but that without help, his true genius cannot be realized.
Yes I am personally rich and I can buy furs and houses for my family
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 15, 2016
The GoFundMe description explains how Kanye West has told us time and time again he is the “greatest living artist and greatest artist of all time,” stating “Great artists need to be supported financially to achieve their full potential.”
It then goes on to quote Kanye as saying, “I am Warhol. I am the number one most impactful artist of our generation. I am Shakespeare in the flesh. Walt Disney. Nike. Google. Now who’s gonna be the Medici family and stand up and let me create more!”
— Money (@MONEY) February 18, 2016
However, on closer inspection it doesn’t look like anyone is seriously wanting to help the beleaguered rapper. Scrolling through the various contributors to the fund, it seems most of these generous people are more likely paying $5 to get a little business for themselves. There’s nothing like a bit of cheap advertising.
Lyndsey Wright donated $5 to be able to promote her Etsy page. Justin Clarke is offering people a way to make money from home by personally donating $5 to the cause.
Some are paying $5 towards the “Get Kanye Out of Debt” fund to promote their own GoFundMe pages. Others are looking to get a bit of action on their Instagram or Snapchat accounts.
Huge Flowerree suggested that they take his $5 “and buy an ebook on Amazon about managing your personal funds.”
John Mikail came up with an even better GoFundMe cause, encouraging Piatt to donate any funds he receives to the “kanyedontneedit” GoFundMe campaign, asking him to please write #anythingbutkanye in the comment on that page. Mikail says he is a Christian who will put the much needed funds towards a much better cause.
That GoFundMe page is titled, “Well if Kanye can do it…” and has attracted a princely $15 of the desired $100,000 it is aiming for.
Looks like Kanye West might just have to recoup some of his debt by going ahead with a lawsuit against Pirate Bay for the illegal uploading of Life of Pablo, after fans downloaded the album over 500,000 times recently, as reported by the Inquisitr.
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