By now, you’ve no doubt heard about Kayne West’s visit to see Donald Trump in the Oval Office yesterday.
Forget Hurricane Michael ripping through the Florida panhandle, or the tanking U.S. stock market, or the missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi who was reportedly tortured, murdered, and dismembered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul earlier this month. Trump and West had important business to discuss!
Wearing a red Make America Great Again hat, West told Trump the hat made him feel like “Superman” in front of dozens reporters. They also talked about important things like Saturday Night Live and Chinese manufacturing jobs.
Don Lemon called the whole thing “embarrassing” and a “minstrel show”:
I have no animosity for Kanye West. I’m just going to be honest and I may get in a lot of trouble for it. I actually feel bad for him. What I saw was a minstrel show today. Him in front of all these white people, mostly white people, embarrassing himself and embarrassing Americans, but mostly African-Americans, because every one of them is sitting either at home or with their phones, watching this, cringing.
Meanwhile, longtime Kanye West collaborate rapper T.I. took to Instagram to publicly condemn his behavior.
“At one time it was a pleasure to work alongside you… now, I’m ashamed to have ever been associated with you,” he wrote. “I’ve reached my limits. This is my stop, I’m officially DONE!!!!”
Others on Twitter were equally horrified by the spectacle.
Sadly, I just listened to the full Kayne West clip. Him shouting profanities in the Oval Office aside, all that he said about African Americans, welfare and all else was a lie. He’s pushing conspiracy theories. He’s mentally unstable. He’s an embarrassment.
— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) October 11, 2018
How any serious journalist or news outlet could cover this Kanye West nonsense instead of climate change, voter suppression in Georgia or any number of issues that actually matter and not this fucking bullshit pr stunt by a narcissistic pop star I’ll never know. Shameful.
— JGreen, M.P.A. (@jgreenSTPA) October 11, 2018
hell on earth https://t.co/C9qccTbpYC
— Chelsea Peretti (@chelseaperetti) October 11, 2018
Kayne West is beyond cancelled
— Dearly (@ItsDearly) October 11, 2018
And now, the memes…