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Ye vs. Skeet

If you are on social media, stay updated on pop culture, or simply don’t live under a rock, I’m sure you have heard news of the whole Kanye West debacle and if you haven’t, stick around to get informed. If you’re a fan of pop culture, music, drama, or the man himself, Ye, buckle in. 

The musician famously known as Kanye West, who now goes by Ye, recently stirred up some drama via Instagram with a string of unworldly posts. If you’ve seen the posts you might be thinking to yourself, “What the actual f**k is going on?” There isn’t one clear answer to this question, but there are many layers to dissect in this situation that makes it all so captivating. 

While the intentions behind his posts remain unclear, the obvious trigger of them seems to be Ye’s divorce from his ex-wife, Kim Kardashian, and her new relationship with Saturday Night Live star, Pete Davidson. It appears the stir-up first started when Ye took to Instagram to air out his divorce drama in a post saying, “SINCE THIS IS MY FIRST DIVORCE I NEED TO KNOW WHAT I SHOULD DO ABOUT MY DAUGHTER BEING PUT ON TIK TOK AGAINST MY WILL?” This was the first of many angry, targeted, and just… strange posts that left everyone thinking, “Uhhhhhh alrighty then.” Kim responded to his post with poise via an Instagram story that said, “Kanye’s constant attacks on me in interviews and on social media is actually more hurtful than any TikTok North might create. As the parent who is the main provider and caregiver for our children, I am doing my best to protect our daughter while also allowing her to express her creativity in the medium that she wishes with adult supervision – because it brings her happiness.” Well done Kim, but you have to wonder if she’s in on it. The Kardashian family are notorious for their PR stunts so one can’t help but question if something like this is being used to their advantage. Though, there are a few details that indicate the Kardashians probably aren’t behind this. Kim’s response seemed eerily authentic and it’s doubtful she’d want to attract any negative attention to her children. But still, you can’t help but wonder.

 After the first post, Ye went on a rampage, making many other posts that center around the topics including an internet rivalry he has created with Pete Davidson (or as Ye calls him, “Skeet’’) , Kim Kardashian, and a slew of other celebrities he has dragged into this mess. The posts have varied from personal texts between him and Kim, memes of Pete Davidson, criticisms of the SNL cast, paragraphs about his devotion to god, distrust of the media, lots of angry paragraphs IN ALL CAPS, call outs of other celebrities, and the most iconic post of all, Ye holding up a notepad with the words, “I am not hacked” written on it. There is a clear emotional instability detected throughout these posts as he seems to be bouncing back and forth between angry and almost remorseful. Going from posting harassments to Kim one day to posting a picture of a truckful of roses that he supposedly delivered to her the next. 

  One of multiple celebrities that fell victim to Ye’s wrath was singer and rapper Kid Cudi, who has collaborated with Ye on past projects. Ye made a post to Kid Cudi telling him that because of Cudi’s association with Pete Davidson, he would not be invited to have a feature on his next album. Cudi responded with the not so remorseful statement, “Too bad I don’t wanna be on ur album u f**king dinosaur hahaha. Everyone knows I’ve been the best thing about ur albums since I met u. Ima pray u for [sic] brother.” 

 It is difficult to create an accurate timeline of everything he has posted since the start of the situation because he continuously deletes his posts. Since I don’t feel I can create a perfectly accurate  timeline, I thought I would throw out some honorable mentions to his favorite posts of mine. 

One posts states, “UPON MY WIFE’S REQUEST PLEASE NOBODY DO ANYTHING PHYSICAL TO SKETE I’M GOING TO HANDLE THE SITUATION MYSELF,” and features a photo of a man holding another man in a chokehold. Lovely.

Another post is a picture of Pete Davidson, who appears to be eating popcorn. The caption reads, “NO YOU WILL NEVER MEET MY CHILDREN.” I didn’t realize eating popcorn makes you a danger to children. Noted.

Perhaps the most iconic post of all, which I previously referenced, is a picture of Ye holding up a notepad that says “My account is not hacked, 2/13/22.” The picture has since been photoshopped many times to change the writing on the notepad.

Overall, it is confusing trying to decipher exactly what his intentions are in doing all of this. Is he just a man struggling with a difficult divorce? Does he need mental health assistance? Is this all some kind of PR stunt? Is he hacked? Just kidding, I think we all know the answer to that one. Why does all of this seem so insane and worth copious amounts of attention? Because it’s something unfamiliar to the public; an incredibly respected musician and a-list celebrity, airing out personal drama for all to see. 

Typically celebrity drama is depicted through the lens of the paparazzi and left up to the media to interpret, but in this case we are getting a first person account. It feels like a reality glitch. And I believe that is partially Ye’s intention. Ye is known for intentionally creating shock value in his music, art, and personality. A frequent message he sends in his art is to question society. Ye, in a 2018 interview with Jimmy Kimmel said, “They keep us so focused on history that we start to believe that it actually repeats itself and we become overly traditional and we can’t advance as a race of beings… and sometimes you just have to be fearless enough to break the f**king simulation.” This leaves one to wonder if Ye’s string of posts is simply a part of his art, and intended to defy societal norms.

We know Kanye likes to stir up trouble, whether it’s taking the microphone from Taylor Swift at the VMAs, lighting people on fire for performance art, or refusing to get his white Yeezy 350s dirty. Is his string of posts just a form of performance art? Are they genuine? At the end of the day, the only true answer to all our questions is it’s just Kanye being Kanye.

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