Sunday, September 04, 2005

Kan ye Dig It?

In all the fuss about his most recent bout of televised paranoia, people seem to have forgotten that this isn't the first time Kanye West shared his opinion with the world on live TV:
The concept of AIDS alone -- my parents always told me ... that it's just a man-made disease in the first place that was placed in Africa just like crack was placed in the black community to break up the Black Panther party.
Well, if his parents say it, it must be true...

Whether you're here to defend or debunk West, why not give some money to those in need (and have this guy double it for you)?


Blogger Raymond's Edge said...

I didn't get to see this, I heard about this. Bizarre. Why can't celebrities keep their traps shut during these fundraisers and award shows. By saying Bush doesn't care about black people, he pissed off half the country, which would have donated money. I'm sure republicans still donated money, but, people got to think before they speak…AR…

September 04, 2005 4:33 AM  
Blogger LOQuent said...

T.A.R. : Why would one man speaking his mind--regardless of the consequences-- affect anyone donating money to fellow americans in serious need? I've never understood the concept behind finding blame in something to not do a damn thing about it. You have the right to submerge yourself into the bliss that is ignorance in thinking that color did NOT play a factor in the government's lack of a response to this event (fact: they did drop the ball) but if you would not help out you don't deserve a place with in the system that protects your right to be as ignorant as possible. It's just that simple.

September 04, 2005 6:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe Mike Myers is wiping away a tear that Kanye made him shed.
loquent - I wanted to take back my donation after Kanye's bleeding heart soiled my TV screen. I'm so sick of the "help me more" mentallity.

September 05, 2005 7:44 PM  
Blogger The Pop Culture Petri Dish said...

I'd like to take this opportunity to point out that the reader comments on this blog in no way reflect the opinions of The Pop Culture Petri Dish (except for the ones posted by me). However, I'm not about to censor comments I find offensive (unless they're SPAM). They do reflect the opinions of real people and I believe it is important to be aware of as many viewpoints as possible. Feel free to disagree... with anything.

September 05, 2005 11:17 PM  
Blogger LOQuent said...

anon: help me more? where did that come from? who asked for handouts? you can honestly state that there was enough done for the victims of the hurricane?

if your donation could be affected by one man expressing his opinions on live tv you miss the concept of 'free expression.'

regarding my initial statement - not only did you do exactly what i was questioning you added more bliss to it. *shaking head*

September 06, 2005 4:06 PM  
Anonymous Conservitive Minded said...


I don't believe that Kanye's comments actually changed anyone's mind about the money that they would donate. People that are willing to donate usually ignore the comments from both sides of the extreme.

Most of the damage done to the fundraising effort was (in my opinion) done by the mainstream media. He summed it up correctly saying that the blacks were shown as "looters" while the whites were shown as "looking for food". Although with the sheer amount of donations I think his impact was nil.

However thinking that the Government
(and I assume you meant the Federal
Government) intentionally reacted slowly because of race is outright foolishness. It perpetuates the race problem.

Feel free to attack the Mayor for failing to force a mandatory evacuation until 20 hours before the storm. The city's evacuation code calls out that they need 72 hours for a complete evacuation. Fault him for failing to provide buses to the masses that needed to evacuate. Did you see all the busses under water on TV?

Lets also jump onto the Governor for being so STUPID as to wait 24 hours before putting the National Guard in place and then she did it without a "clear cut" objective.

Both of these people were members of the State and Local Government. And to make you happy one democrat and one republican.

Now about FEMA. Do you know what FEMA was actually created to do? They are under the Homeland Security division of the Federal Government and intended to assist in coordinating the efforts of the State and Local Government after the disaster. When there is inaction at the local level then FEMA has no ability to do anything. They have no military to command. How many members do you think that department has?

Let's also focus for a bit on the FACT that Katrina's destruction covered 90,000 square miles (five states). Why should all the media focus on New Orleans? Because ongoing tragedy makes a better story than aftermath and cleanup.

I do think it was a racist story on the television but only because they made it about the crime and violence. Did you follow up and find out that most of the rape and murders that were supposed to be occurring every few minutes still haven't been reported to the police.

I think that the race story in this tragedy is that people from all backgrounds are trying to come together and help one another as AMERICANS. The people who have "agendas" are trying to use this for political advantage. I knew it would get down to politics eventually even 9/11 did, but the people who are benefiting from the segregation in America didn't even wait until we could finish cleaning up the mess.

The Family from New Orleans that my Church is hosting is neither Democrat or Republican. We are helping because they are American. Faith without works is dead.

For the Anonymous poster, Your not helping anything.

Oh by the way did you hear the President last night? Jobs will be coming to New Orleans. Anyone who wants to work will be entitled to work for their money. More importantly the Mayor said today that his city is now crime and drug free and he wants any displaced citizen to know that when they return they will be expected to keep it that way. What the devil intends for harm, God will turn to good.

September 16, 2005 10:03 PM  

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