Trevor Noah reflects on his viral segment on Kanye West on the daily program.
Beginning in November of last year, West began making a series of passionate public statements about his hopes of rekindling his relationship with Kim Kardashian, who filed for divorce from the rapper in February 2021.
Over time, West’s statements became more and more frequent, apparently prompted by Kardashian’s blossoming romance with saturday night live star Pete Davidson.
Before long, West ended up taking his frustrations to Instagram, where he began publicly harassing both Kardashian and Davidson by sharing posts about them, some of which contained leaked text messages.
Concern for the rapper peaked in early March when, just one day after a judge declared Kardashian legally single, he released a music video for his song “Eazy,” which featured him kidnapping and beheading a version of Davidson. in plasticine
On March 15, at the height of West’s problematic online behavior, Noah discussed the issue in a segment on the daily programurging viewers to take the matter more seriously.
Noah, who grew up in an abusive home, began by noting that West’s behavior “transcended” tabloid fodder, saying that it “touches on something that is more sensitive and more serious than people would like to admit.”
“You might not feel sorry for Kim because she’s rich and famous… whatever she is, you hate her,” Noah said. “But what is happening is terrifying to watch, and highlights what so many women go through when they choose to leave. [toxic relationships].”
He continued: “What we’re seeing here is one of the most powerful women, one of the richest women in the world unable to get her ex to stop texting her, to stop chasing her, to stop harassing her.”
During the nine-minute segment, Noah emphasized that he was not intending to villainize West, but rather to encourage the audience to think a little more about what was going on.
“I do understand that art can be a therapy. But I also understand that therapy can be therapy,” she said, referring to the music video for “Eazy” released earlier that month. “With Kanye, we don’t know how to feel. We don’t know how to worry.”
“I’m not saying Kanye is just a bad boy. Please, but as a society, we have to ask ourselves questions,” she continued, urging viewers to approach such situations with nuance and compassion.
“Do we want to stand by and watch a car accident when we thought we saw it coming? Or do we at least want to say ‘Hey, slow down, let’s put all our hazards on because there’s a storm going on right now?’” she asked.
The segment quickly went viral and currently has 2.5 million views on Twitter and another 3 million on YouTube, and it wasn’t long before West issued a response on Instagram, calling Noah a racial slur.
The response violated Instagram’s policies on hate speech, bullying, and harassment, and as a result, West was banned from the platform for 24 hours on March 17.
Days later, a representative for West confirmed that his unannounced performance had been removed from the Grammy ceremony, which Noah hosted, due to his “concerning online behavior.”
Now him daily program the host is reflecting on his decision to speak out against West, admitting that he felt compelled to use his platform.
“I feel more comfortable speaking my mind in situations where I feel like the mob forgets that we’re dealing with human beings,” Noah shared during an appearance on the Variety show. Awards Circuit Podcast earlier this week.
“It’s easy to sit on the sidelines, see a train wreck coming and say nothing about it,” he said. “And then after the train goes off the tracks, we’re like, ‘Oh, I saw that coming!’ Well, then why didn’t you say anything?
“Especially if you have some kind of platform, you have some kind of obligation to tell a truth,” he added. “You know, see something and say something.”
Noah went on to say that his call to discuss West’s behavior also came from a place of love and understanding, clarifying that he has been a fan of his work for a long time.
“Kanye West is someone who has an indelible mark on my life. His music has literally taken me through different periods of my journey,” he said. “But then there are also times where I’m like, ‘man, Kanye, you, you’re going off the rails here.’ But I can still say that I care about you as a human being, that’s why I’m speaking up. I’m not going to stop caring about you, I’m not going to suddenly hate you.
“I also understand that human beings are a paradox,” Noah said. “We can love the people we hate, we can hate the people we love. Human beings as a whole are a complicated paradox. And because of that, I don’t like living in a world where we constantly dispose of human beings like garbage.”
He concluded by reflecting on the importance of holding each other accountable, even when it can be difficult.
“If you like me, or if you like someone in your life, I hope you have the ability to say to that person, ‘Hey, I think what you’re doing here is wrong. I think it may be going in a dangerous direction. And I’m telling you because I like you. I don’t write you off as a person,'” Noah said, before hinting that he hopes West can redeem himself in the public eye.
“I think we’ve become very comfortable writing off human beings, throwing them out immediately and turning them into irredeemable characters,” he said, in an apparent reference to “cancel culture.” “I think we should all have a chance to redeem ourselves. All of us should have a chance at redemption.”
West has kept a relatively low profile since his Instagram ban in March, making only a few public appearances in the months since.
The Yeezy designer found himself at the center of discussions earlier this month after he mocked Davidson in a since-deleted Instagram post marking his split from Kardashian.
A fake New York Times headline shared by the rapper read: “SKETE DAVIDSON DEAD AT 28” – “Skete” is the nickname he uses in reference to Davidson.
Since then, reports have claimed that the SNL Star has been in “trauma therapy,” “largely” because of West’s “threatening posts” during February and March.
“The attention and negativity coming from Kanye and his antics is a trigger for [Pete]and has had to seek help,” a source told People on August 8. “In the future, she just wants to focus on her career.”
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