There are not too many names that one can hear and immediately cringe. There are a few, but not a lot. Most of these names are normally names that are attached to political figures or celebrities, and a lot of them are parents. One name we keep hearing is Kanye West. This celebrity dad has been at the very center of so much controversy it seems impossible to pick the worst ones.
A little background on Kanye. West was born on June 8th, 1977 in Atlanta. He may have been born in Atlanta, but he was raised in Chicago. Hence the name for the newest little West baby! Something that may not be widely known is that before he got into the music industry, he briefly attended school for art. He then became a producer for Roc-A-Fella Records and started producing albums for celebrities like Jay-Z and Alicia Keys. He has some friends in high places.
It wasn’t long until West decided to pursue a rapping career of his own, and he released his first album, The College Dropout, in 2004. He has since released numerous albums and has won more than a handful of awards. Sadly, that is not really what he is known for. Kanye is known for his controversial acts and interviews, and it always gets the media talking.
Kanye is an adult and he is free to say and believe what he likes, but he is also a father and his own children will be able to Google one day and we are fearful of what they may find. We can guarantee that they will find the 15 things on this list of the most controversial moments in Kanye’s career and how it got him in big trouble.
15 Kanye Vs. Taylor
Kanye’s biggest and maybe most memorable moment came during a routine award show. On September 13th, 2009 Kanye attended the MTV Video Music Awards. Taylor Swift had won the award for Best Female Video and as she was completing her acceptance speech she was interrupted by an angry Kanye.
He hopped on stage, grabbed the microphone from poor Taylor’s hands and stated that Beyoncé deserved to win the award more, as she had the best music video of all time.
He was removed from the show and he did later issue an apology. West received a lot of celebrity criticism for that act and was even called out by President Barack Obama.
Even with the apology, it wasn’t the last act Kanye had against Taylor Swift. Kanye released a song called “Famous” and in it he sings about how him, and Taylor may still have a chance to be intimate, because he made her famous. This enraged and offended Taylor as well as all of her fans. It is safe to say, the two have a rocky relationship and we do not see any world in which the two of them would pair up to sing a duet anytime soon.
14 "400 Years? That Sounds Like A Choice"
Kanye is no stranger to going on rants that don’t really make sense. He has said some things that leave people scratching their heads and wondering what just happened. He also claims to be misunderstood a lot of the times, which can happen when you tend to speak without thinking and don’t take a moment to collect your thoughts. This means your words can get misunderstood and misconstrued to be something you didn’t mean.
His latest flub has shocked the world, especially considering the colour of Kanye’s skin. It was seen as extremely insensitive and offensive with no ounce of truth in it, and I am sure you all know what I am talking about. I am referring to his comments that he made recently about slavery.
West was in an interview with TMZ, when he made the statement, “When you hear about [it] for 400 years. For 400 years? That sounds like a choice.”
Some have come to his defense and stated that he didn’t meant to say slavery was a choice, but the ability to still be talking about it is. However, this comment negates what thousands of people went through and it should not just be forgotten.
13 No Respect For The Disabled
There are definitely limits everyone has. Whether it be a comedian or just a normal person, we all have places we just won’t go with our comments and jokes. Some call this a person’s filter. That we have the ability to think about something before it comes out of our mouth. West seems to be lacking this basic ability. When Kanye was performing at a concert in Sydney, Australia he reached a moment when he asked his guests to get to their feet. This is quite normal behaviour that is seen at almost every concert on would attend.
This would have been fine if West had stopped there, but he didn’t, because he is Kanye West.
He then demanded the same of his disabled guests who were in attendance. He then went on to make snide remarks to a person who was in a wheelchair.
Celebrities tend to give their fans with special needs a little more attention, posing for pictures and signing autographs, but not Kanye. Kanye apparently does not treat them any differently and expects them to stand for him when they are physically unable. This is one of the most baffling and heartbreaking acts Kanye has ever done.
12 Questionable Wardrobe Choices
I am sure everyone can say that the clothing that celebrities wear is sometimes a little questionable. We always read the articles and look at the pictures of the worst-dressed on the red carpet. This is normally because they are wearing something Lady Gaga-esque, or are just having a wardrobe malfunction. They are not usually wearing something that is offensive to an entire group of people, unless they are Kanye West.
In November 2013, Kanye shocked the world when he started using a Confederate flag on some of his new clothing.
The Confederate flag has been shown to be a symbol of slavery and times full of oppression and prejudice, so it shocked the media when Kanye was incorporating it into his clothing. When Kanye was confronted about this choice by a LA radio station, this is what he stated; “react how you want. Any energy is good energy. You know the Confederate flag represented slavery in a way – that’s my abstract take on what I know about it. So, I made the song ‘New Slaves.’ So, I took the Confederate flag and made it my flag. It’s my flag. Now what are you going to do?”
11 Look-A-Like Jesus
So, if we are keeping track, Kanye has offended Taylor Swift and the black community, but he also has offended the Christian community by another weird and bizarre act that got a lot of negative backlash. Kanye, like a lot of rappers, goes by many other names. One of those names is ‘Yeezus’ which seems like it is a play on the biblical figure, Jesus. This could be due to him thinking he is our personal saviour and someone to behold. In October 2013, he went on his Yeezus tour to promote his album. He stated that it would not be a great tour unless he had some special guests attending.
Everyone thought this was fine and was excited to see who the special guests would be, but no one expected what happened next.
When he was performing in Seattle on October 19th, fans and the media were shocked and a little disturbed when he had a look-alike Jesus Christ walk on stage and join him.
A lot of people thought this was in very bad taste and was very disrespectful. Kanye has never stated if he cared that he offended a lot of people with this action, but I am thinking he does not.
10 Medication May Be Responsible For Weird Behavior
Kanye has gone through his share of struggles as well. It is not uncommon for celebrities to live with some mental health issues and have dependency issues. They live a different life than we will ever understand. Kanye opened up about a struggle he faced in 2016.
He stated that he underwent lipo because he was afraid that he was too big for the industry. After the procedure, they had given him medication and he soon became dependant pain medication.
This was noticed because West was sent to a psychiatric hospital in L.A after a number of odd concerts and political rants. West went on social media and ranted his support for President Donald Trump. Many think this was inappropriate and it made Kanye look ignorant. Kanye later stated that his respect for Donald Trump comes from doing the impossible. For accomplishing something that no one thought he could. Kanye has a lot going for him, but these antics are making him infamous instead of famous, and his children are going to have a lot to read on the internet when they are older and start to get curious about their dad’s younger life.
9 Twitter Chaos
Twitter is either loved or hated, it is one of the most popular social media apps that allows people to connect with the world and their favourite celebrities in almost real time. It is the best place to go for updates on traffic, weather and celebrity statuses as everyone always updates their Twitter account. There are some people who really need to have their Twitter account erased, because nothing good or beneficial ever comes from what they send out. The internet is like a web, and once you hit that post button, there is no going back. Even if you delete your tweet, if you are a big celebrity like Kanye, then more than likely millions have already seen it and are talking about it.
Kanye West had quite the active twitter account and he was known for sending out tweets that were anything from random, funny comments to epic rants. He even posted a business plan that included more than 80 individual tweets.
Most of his tweets tend to be in uppercase, which in the internet world means that you are just yelling at people! Twitter is here to stay, so I think we can expect many more outrageous tweets from Mr. West.
8 Felony Charges
It is quite the stereotype that all young rappers must be criminals. This is not a new stereotype, it goes back ages. We know this is not true, but Kanye is not helping this matter because he has been charged with a felony, just maybe not the kind everyone would think. Kanye has always had a tense and hard relationship with the paparazzi, and we get that. He is not the first celebrity to get frustrated and fed up with cameras following him all around. However, this is the life you have chosen, and it is to be expected.
In September 2008, things went a little too far and Kanye found himself in hot water.
Kanye was arrested on felony vandalism charges when he got into a little scuffle with two paparazzi at Los Angeles International Airport and he allegedly damaged their expensive cameras.
I guess that’s one way to make sure they don’t get any pictures of you. Everyone is human, even dads, but most dad’s go out of their way to make sure they don’t get any charges laid on them. Sadly, Kanye’s frustration for the better of him on that day.
7 Insulting Fans And Concert Organizers
Most celebrities would never dream of insulting their fans. Most can not say enough how much they love and thank their fans for all the support they have given them. After all, if there were no fans, they would not have the success they have. Kanye seems to take that all for granted and he caught the headlines again when he proceeded to insult his fans. Kanye has a blog that he adds to and he is known for posting some very strong opinions on these blog entries. This got him a negative reaction at 2008’s Bonnaroo music festival when the entire crowd booed him when he came on stage. He was also late, which did not sit well with the audience.
After this experience, he let loose on his blog and called out the organizers of the event, some of which were fans of his. He stated, “I HAVE A -- LIGHT SHOW DUMB --, IT’S NOT CALLED GLOW IN THE DARK FOR NO REASON SQUID BRAINS.”
Of course, this was all in capitals because that is how Kanye prefers to send text out to the world. This time, he probably really was yelling. Not very professional or kind.
6 Temper Tantrum Because He Felt Snubbed
As parents, we are no strangers to temper tantrums. We know that they happen, and we know the best way to deal with them is usually to just ignore the child and they calm down. Kanye himself has children, and I doubt that little North or Saint has not thrown an epic tantrum yet. In this case, they may have learned this behaviour from their father who is no stranger to throwing adult tantrums. At again another award show that did not go as planned, West was not happy.
Kanye was up for 5 MTV VMA’s and he lost every single one of them. This would make most upset or disappointed, but they would not throw a fit over this. To add salt to injury, Kanye was also not selected to perform for the event either, this really sent him over the edge.
The show had let other stars such as Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears perform, and West was highly offended. He then proceeded to throw a fit and threatened to never attend the awards again.
This does not seem like a mature attitude that we would expect from a grown man, much less a father.
5 Crashed Another Award Acceptance Speech
If you haven’t already noticed a trend, I’ll point it out to you: Kanye does not like to lose. Does anyone really like to lose? No, not really. However, we know that we won’t always win and while it is not fun to lose we suck it up and work harder next time. No big deal. It seems to not be a big deal unless you are Kanye West as we have yet another incident where Kanye lost and did not handle it well. In November 2006, at the MTV Europe Music Awards, he interrupted yet another acceptance speech.
He lost out on the Best Video win to an artist Justice vs. Simian. Justice vs. Simian had just won best video for their single “We Are Your Friends.” It had beaten Kanye’s music video for “Touch The Sky.”
Kanye was upset that he had lost, and it didn’t take him long to hop on stage and interrupt the acceptance speech. He sated that his video clearly should have won because “it cost a million dollars, and Pamela Anderson was in it.”
We didn’t know that those were two of the guidelines that someone had to have in order to win best video! Thank goodness we have Kanye to set us all straight.
4 Thinks Of Himself As Jesus
When we look at celebrities, we expect them to have an air of confidence about them. It would be hard not too, when you have thousands of people screaming your name and buying your merchandise. It would be even harder to not have this all go to your head and to remain humble. It seems like Kanye doesn’t even try to remain humble, he seems to eat it all up. This has left him with a very swollen head and maybe some misconstrued conceptions of himself.
In February 2006, Kanye posed as Jesus Christ on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, and this was just a year after his controversial and theatrical performs of “Jesus Walks” at the Grammys.
You would think he would have calmed down on the Jesus antics, but not Kanye. Kanye seems to think that he is something that is next to Godly, and this upset a lot of people. This cover move was so controversial that it lost him some money, as he stated, “I can’t even get endorsements not. The ones that might have been open to me when I was just a cute kid in a Polo.” Sorry Kanye.
3 Comparing Himself To …
We all like to look for someone to compare ourselves too, usually an idol or someone that we admire. We aspire to be like these people, and so we compare a lot of what we do and how we act to that particular person. Not a lot of us compare ourselves to the villains of history. In August of 2011, West was struggling with a negative perception that the public had of him due to his actions up until this point. Instead of attempting to make it all better, he ended up making it much worse. At the UK’s Big Chill film festival, West had some words for the audience.
He told them, “I walk through the hotel and I walk down the street and people look at me like I’m insane, like I’m Hitler.” This comparison made international headlines, and for obvious reasons. No one would ever think to compare themselves to Hitler, the dictator who ran Germany and became the spotlight for WW2. In fact, most would consider it a great insult to be compared to Hitler. We have to wonder what Kanye was thinking, but it is starting to become clear that he just doesn’t think before he speaks.
2 Censored Album Cover
Censorship is always prevalent in the media, it has to be. There are certain things that some people do not want to see, and things they definitely do not want their children to see. Being a father himself, you would think Kanye would understand that, but he doesn’t. Kanye West released his album “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” and he opened up a world of trouble for himself.
Kanye sent out a tweet stating, “Banned in the USA!!! They don’t want me chilling on the couch with my phoenix.” This was due to fears of his album cover art being censored.
There was also debate on whether his music video for his single “Monster” should also be censored. The video depicted Kanye West in bed with two lifeless women, along with many other controversial images. As parents, we try our hardest to censor what our children are viewing and watching, but it can be hard, and we count on other censorship forms out there to help us out. Kanye has a lot of views on censorship, but none of these thoughts seem to be about how it is a good idea to shelter our children for just a little while.
1 Pregnancy Announcement
Every parent has their own way to announce their pregnancy, and celebrities seem to always go over the top when they announce to the world that they are expecting. Kanye West is married to Kim Kardashian, which is common knowledge unless people have been living in a remote cabin for years. It was only a matter of time until the pair were going to announce the arrival of their first child. The moment came in December of 2012. Kanye decided to announce the news at his show in Atlantic City on December 31. He has received some backlash for this, and not because of getting a Kardashian pregnant, but because of how he chose to word the announcement.
During a break in the rapper’s concert, he made a little announcement. He encouraged the crowd to “make some noise” for his “baby mama.”
It was definitely not the sweetest announcement, and many were shocked at his term ‘baby mama’. Thinking that it was not an appropriate title when it came to refer to his wife who was carrying their first child.
Kim would go on to deliver their first child, North, and we don’t need to mention how the media loved to discuss that name choice.