​Kanye West Quits Politics Saying ‘I’ve Been Used’

Kanye West's brief foray into politics has been odd, hasn't it? It really wasn't long ago at all that we were all left pretty baffled by his Saturday Night Live pro-Trump speech and when he started wearing 'Make America Great Again' hats.

Well, almost as soon as he started, it seems he's decided to give it a rest - having said he's now 'distancing himself' to 'completely focus' on being creative.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

He explained that he felt he'd been 'used' to spread messages that he doesn't believe in - referencing the ultra-conservative commentator and social media personality Candace Owens, who had claimed Ye had designed the controversial 'Blexit' merchandise, which urged black voters to leave the Democratic Party.

Owens had flown to Uganda with Kanye and wife Kim Kardashian, writing after on Breitbart: "We were overwhelmed with inspiration as soon as we landed in Uganda. There was a real rooted tribal vibe and hora around us.

"That feeling of going back to our homeland, being in Africa - the feeling of family and togetherness that we as a people have moved away from - motivated Kanye and inspired what came to be the Blexit design."

Credit: Candace Owens/Instagram
Credit: Candace Owens/Instagram

It was thought that the rapper had created two different designs for the merchandice: one spelling out 'Blexit', and the other bearing the slogan 'We free'.

But Kanye has now said he 'never wanted any association' with the campaign, and merely introduced Owens to the person who made the logo.

In a rant spread over several tweets, he said: "I support creating jobs and opportunities for people who need them the most, I support prison reform, I support common-sense gun laws that will make our world safer.

"I support those who risk their lives to serve and protect us and I support holding people who misuse their power accountable. I believe in love and compassion for people seeking asylum and parents who are fighting to protect their children from violence and war.

"I would like to thank my family, loved ones, and community for supporting my ACTUAL beliefs and my vision for a better world.

"I introduced Candace to the person who made the logo and they didn't want their name on it so she used mine. I never wanted any association with Blexit. I have nothing to do with it."

He added: "My eyes are now wide open and now realize I've been used to spread messages I don't believe in. I am distancing myself from politics and completely focusing on being creative!!!"

Speaking to TMZ, Kanye later clarified that he felt he was being 'used' specifically by the Blexit movement, and had not mentioned Donald Trump.

Does this mean his days of pro-Trump 'Make America Great Again' rants are over, too? Only time will tell...

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Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist who graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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