During a recent interview, Kanye West attempted to use Arsenio Hall as an example of some type of racism. The clam was completely ridiculous and Arsenio Hall agreed. Before I continue, I just want to say that I find no joy in talking about the moronic and regularly incoherent musings of Kanye West. But loud mouth, known-nothings like him need to called out more often because unfortunately, kids do look up to this dunce.
“I can use my voice but what happens if you don’t buy no other albums?” Kanye told The Breakfast Club in New York City. “Then they can say he was like Arsenio Hall and he was turning up too much and he got fired. But when you got money nobody can fire you.”
Yea… incoherent. Let me translate. Kanye was using Arsenio Hall’s departure from late night television in 1994 as an example of what happens when you speak out too much. And somehow that was tied to racism.
Arsenio addressed Kayne’s comments at this year’s GRAMMY Nomination concert. He bluntly, and humorously, dismissed Kanye saying, “Like usual Kanye’s premise confuses the facts, therefore everything has to be thrown out,”
He went on to say, “At the end of the day he’s a musician and I’m a comedian. We’re not doctors. Nobody works for Johns Hopkins…and I think we take ourselves a little too serious. But that’s something that will straighten itself out with maturity. Because the bottom line is this ‘they gonna do me like Arsenio..’ Yo man, stop makin’ me look like I’m Nat Turner or something. I know what you heard in the barbershop but I just left my show. The white man didn’t do something this time, bruh. Save that for when the white man DOES do something. Don’t muddy the waters of racism with my bullsh*t. It wasn’t racism, it was not a plot. I just left my show…I don’t like to be put in those conversations. Because there is no struggle here. My struggle was in the ghetto of Cleveland. There is no struggle now.”
I love the look on Arsenio’s face when he says “There is no struggle here.” Unlike Kanye, Arsenio is realistic and is highly aware of his own success. He isn’t trying to live in the past, let alone make things up. He so eloquently calls out Kanye for over-using the race card and makes such a valid point! Save it for when someone DOES do something and stop muddying the waters for the sake of making your stupid point. Plain and simple.
Arsenio went on to address the use of the word ‘slave’ in pop culture. He said that Kanye and anyone else in the pop culture world who uses the word is downright disrespectful. Watch the clip of Kanye West’s comments and Arsenio Hall’s awesome response:
Video h/t HipHollywood