The public didn't even have to wait for Halloween this year for its annual dose of racist fraternity parties!
Members of UCLA's Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity are facing criticism after photos surfaced online of a "Kanye Western" themed party. The photos reportedly showed students wearing blackface, do-rags and padding their butts (to look like a Kardashian.)
The blackface allegations come from these photos where partygoers are shown dressing up as "gold diggers" with coal on their faces.
The reaction from students online was swift, sparking outrage on social media and a protest.
UCLA released a statement condemning the party, and said they are investigating the fraternity's actions.
"We remind students that while they are free to celebrate in ways that draw on popular culture, their specific choices can cause harm and pain to fellow members of their community. Put simply: Just because you can do something, does not mean you should," a university spokesperson said.
In an exclusive interview with Vanity Fair, Kanye West turned the 'Kanye for President in 2020' light hearted joke that was going around a few weeks ago into something shockingly close to earnestness.
It's a really long-winded diatribe in which he circles around the questions of a possible presidential run, switching topics and lines of thought like a cake-addled pedagogue.
Still, the interview makes it super clear that it's a possibility for Yeezy.
Question: "Are you still thinking of running in 2020?"
Answer: "Oh, definitely."
Here's some of what Kanye had to say:
When I run for president, I'd prefer not to run against someone. I would be like "I want to work with you." As soon as I heard [Ben] Carson speak, I tried for three weeks to get on the phone with him. I was like this is the most brilliant guy. And I think all the people running right now have something that each of the others needs. But the idea of this separation and this gladiator battle takes away from the main focus that the world needs help and the world needs all the people in a position of power or influence to come together.
He talked about when he first mentioned the prospect at last month's Video Music Awards:
And then as soon as I said that, it was like, "Wait a second, we would really be into that, because actually if you think about it, he's extremely thoughtful. Every time he's ever gotten in trouble, he was really jumping in front of a bullet for someone else. He's probably the most honest celebrity that we have." I didn't approach that because I thought it would be fun. It wasn't like, Oh, let's go rent some jet skis in Hawaii. No, the exact opposite. I sit in clubs and I'm like, Wow, I've got five years before I go and run for office and I've got a lot of research to do, I've got a lot of growing up to do. My dad has two masters degrees. My mom has a PhD, she used to work at Operation PUSH. Somehow the more and more creative I get, the closer and closer I get to who I was as a child. When I was a child, I was holding my mom's hand at Operation PUSH. I think it's time.
He discussed whether he would have to give up his design and his music if the American people voted him in office:
think about that. Because it's so therapeutic for me to sit and work for seven days. We work on the collection year-round, every day to the office, we have an amazing team, but then you have that seven days before the show where you just really, really don't sleep. . . . I have to stay creative. The whole point is to have someone [in office] that's creative, that's around amazing creatives. This is my theory: I think the world can be helped through design, so it's very important that I stay around creative, forward thinkers. It's very important that I continue to design, to be in practice of trying to make the best decisions possible. I hate politics. I'm not a politician at all. I care about the truth and I just care about human beings. I just want everyone to win, that's all I can say, and I think we can. . . .
Good luck, Ye.
With Miley Cyrus hosting the VMAs yesterday, there was no question that this would be one crazy show. But the most shocking moment last night came from Yeezus himself.
After accepting the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, and in classic mic drop fashion, Kanye West informed the world that he plans to run for President in 2020.
"It's about ideas, bro. New ideas. People with ideas. People who believe in truth," he said. "And yes, as you probably could have guessed by this moment, I have decided in 2020 to run for president."
Obviously the Internet freaked out.
I hear Kanye was incoherent, random, and high on his own ego in announcing his run for President. Don't knock it. It works for Trump.— Ramez Naam (@ramez) August 31, 2015
Could it be? Kanye/Swift 2020?
We'd also have to deal with this...so maybe not.
In case you thought Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's second child together was all some enormous Illuminati ruse, now some naked proof exists to the contrary.
Kim took to Instagram (as she does) Aug. 11 to post a selfie (as she does) wherein she threw her clothes aside (as she does) in hopes to squash rumors about her faking this most recent pregnancy.
In her own words:
First they say I'm too skinny so I have to be faking it...Now they say I'm too big so I have to be faking it...SMH! Some days I'm photographed before I eat & look smaller, some days I've just eaten & I look bigger. It's all a part of the process. I think you all know me well enough to know I would document the process if I got a surrogate. Everyone's body is different, every pregnancy is very different! I've learned to love my body at every stage! I'm going to get even bigger & that's beautiful too! I'm blessed to even be pregnant & even luckier to not have preeclampsia as far as I know, so I don't have the swelling issue this time! They also say your body carries a boy different than a girl! Whatever the case may be I'm grateful to God for this miracle & no matter what rumors or comments you throw my way this time they truly don't affect me! #NoFilter #NoPhotoShop #GoodLighting 😜
There's no telling whether this violates the same way-too-strict nudity guidelines that have led to the deletion of many photos and a lot of naked protests.
But hey, it happened, and we have a screen shot.
This may not be the most obvious musical pairing and it may not be the best execution.
I mean, compare these charts:
You have to applaud the range of musicality that Kanye brings to 2015's Glastonbury festival. In that insane looking world of torn flags flying high, you know that Queen is one way to bring everyone together and remember Wanye's World.
Kanye and Freddie 4 ever.