Kanye West, Marilyn Manson, and Justin Bieber recently made a strange trifecta at one of Kanye’s recent worship services. Fans wondered why Ye would associate himself with such a poison name as Manson. Now, Kanye has explained his reasoning.
Talking to the Drink Champs podcast, the rapper had a lot to say about his relationship with controversial artists. He said the #MeToo movement classifies the definition of sexual assault incorrectly.
“All the #MeToo… like, when I sit next to DaBaby and Marilyn Manson … for five songs, you know, it’s like they can’t cancel a song. They’ll hit you with the accusations or somebody who you was with 10 years ago. And also, there’s women who’ve been through very serious things, pulled in alleys against they will – that’s different than a hug, but it’s classified as the same thing. It’s power and politics. You know, power-hungry maniacs and just, control. This is Nineteen Eighty-Four mind control that we in. And mob mentality.”
It sounds like Kanye is saying that the #MeToo movement is about usurping some type of power somehow. In reality, Kanye West has never experienced what it’s like to be a woman who has been sexually assaulted. It’s a tone-deaf take on a very sensitive subject.
Marilyn Manson has been accused by several women of sexual abuse dating as far back as 2018. Actress Evan Rachel Wood testified that Manson raped her while promoting the Sexual Assault Survivor’s Bill Act in 2016. Wood kept his name secret for years but named him as her abuser in 2021.
Kanye West equates these allegations to an unwanted hug. Maybe Manson told Kanye a different story than his accusers and Kanye believed it. Reaching out to people who are struggling is admirable. Given his comments, Kanye is out for something different entirely.
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