Kanye West was enraged earlier this year when Daily Show host Trevor Noah called out his harassment of Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson. Trevor has now spoken out about why he felt compelled to speak out about Ye’s online behavior.
While speaking to Variety, Noah explained why he spoke about Kanye’s concerning comments about the relationship, then later criticized the Grammys when Ye’s appearance was canceled.
“I said counsel Kanye, not cancel Kanye. I’ve just become more comfortable speaking my mind in situations where I feel like the mob forgets that we’re dealing with human beings.”
“It’s easy to stand on the sidelines, see a train crash coming and say nothing about it. And then after the train crashes off the tracks, we say, ‘Oh, I saw that coming!’ Well, then why didn’t you say anything? Especially if you have some sort of platform, you have some sort of obligation to speak a truth. You know, see something and say something.”
Trevor went on to say that humans are a “paradox,” and that it is entirely possible to “love people who we hate” and “hate people who we love” when an artist’s behavior and creative output conflict. “I don’t like to live in a world where we constantly discard human beings like pieces of trash. Kanye West is somebody who has an indelible impression on my life,” Noah continued.
“His music has literally taken me through different periods of my journey, But then there are also moments where I go, like, ‘Man, Kanye, you, you’re going off the rails here.’ But I can still say that, ‘I care for you as a human being, that’s, that’s why I’m speaking out. I’m not going to not care for you, I’m not going to hate you all of a sudden.’ That’s how I try and see the world, that’s how I would hope people would see me.”
Noah expressed his hope that everyone, at some point in their lives, will have the courage to confront someone they care about when they are engaging in dangerous behavior. “I think we have gotten very comfortable discarding human beings, immediately tossing them away and making them irredeemable characters,” he said.
“When in fact I think all of us should be afforded the opportunity to redeem ourselves. All of us should have an opportunity at redemption.”
Kanye didn’t take Noah’s criticism well earlier this year, and he responded by hurling racial slurs at the Daily Show host, which led to West’s suspension from Instagram. To get the latest updates, keep an eye on Thirsty.
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