The Desperation of Kanye West

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This is an outrage. Kanye West needs to stop self-medicating because he’s gone over the edge with this one.

However, West is really a distraction from the central issue. Kanye West is just a flash-in-the-pan, flavor-of-the-month rapper enjoying his fifteen minutes of fame. And desperately doing whatever his room-temperature IQ handlers tell him will extend that window of notoriety.

No, the real issue is Rolling Stone. Don’t hold your breath waiting for them to mock Mohammed or Buddha on their cover. They think they can get away with mocking Jesus.

But maybe, on second thought, that is the Good News. . . it’s all about Jesus, always.

Cross-posted at FRCblog.com.

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10 Responses

  1. RC says:

    What part of this image is the outrage to you? I think it’s just plain goofy, but I guess in my mind I think people detract from the image of Jesus all day long in the things that they say (such as the countless times I hear the Lord’s name used inappropriatly) or when I see people with their T-shirts and hats that goofily proclaim Jesus (aka “Jesus is my homeboy” shirts, or hats that say “Truckin’ for Jesus.”

    I guess I see this more as the sort of thing that Kanye West is doing to stir up controversy…becuase he knows it will & he seems to LOVE controversy.

    –RC of strangeculture.blogspot.com

  2. Pat Patterson says:

    I wouldn’t worry too much as it’s not as if the readers of Rolling Stone understand the visual reference or understand words with more than two syllables. Deep thinkers need not apply.

  3. MacStansbury says:

    This is the same guy who gave us the song “Jesus walks”, a song that had little to do with the teachings of Christ.

    the controversy he’s creating is solely to create a buzz. just a marketing technique. too bad his product isn’t worth consuming.

  4. progressive conservative says:

    Wow Pat, what a deep comment. So insightful. Oh and witty too. I’m curios. Do the same characteristics apply to people who watched James Caviezel pose in the same fashion as Kanye West?

  5. Stacy says:

    While the cover is obviously provacative (which was their goal I believe), I don’t really think it mocks Jesus.

    And your point about Buddha, etc. Why would they use buddha? Most people aren’t buddhists and neither is Kayne West- I believe he’s a christian and I think that’s why they used the image of Jesus.

    I look at it from the perspective of trying to promote dialogue rather than assuming the worst immediately and having a knee-jerk “oh, they are slamming the christians again” attitude. Whether you like Kayne West (and I personally dont) and/or the Rolling Stone cover, it has achieved one thing- reasoned discourse like the one we are having. And is that really such a bad thing?

    But then again, I am not one of those people who think there is a war against christianity. I am a christian and if anything, I am aware that our government and our society basically holds christianity up as the predominant national relgion, albeit unofficially.

  6. Jack Yoest says:

    Maker Mocking Marketing

    John LennonOn March 4, 1966, John Lennon said the Beatles were “more popular than Jesus.” The Passion of Kanye West In January 2006, Kanye West thinks he is Jesus. What has changed? And what does this mean for marketing…

  7. Pat Patterson says:

    I’m trying to remember the difference between an actor portraying Jesus and a rapper who thinks he’s Jesus. So yes I would say that there is an obvious difference between Kayne West and Caviezel. I would assume that the people who saw The Passion did so with the strong suspicion that an actor was portraying Jesus while the readers of Rolling Stone would make the assumption that Kayne West sees himself as Jesus. I think it would be obvious which audience is the more delusional.

  8. Kathleen says:

    It’s pretty funny to hear that Kanye West’s thorny hat is “an outrage” … from a woman who posts online pictures of herself dressing up as the Virgin Mary.

  9. Matt B. says:

    So Kanye poses as Jesus…. *yawn* What rapper hasn’t done that? To be truly controversial, he should have posed as Mohammed with machine gun in hand and a Koran in the other.

    Kathleen: The outrage (I believe) stems from the fact that Jesus is both fully God and fully human. Mary, the mother of Jesus, never claimed to be equal to God – the Catholics did that for her.

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