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Kanye West Doesn’t Care About Black People

Somehow it says a lot about Kanye that he premiered his new video for “Love Lockdown” on Ellen. ELLEN! Next thing you know Lindsay will be listening to Kanye West.

If I was a lot smarter than I am, I would probably have something to say about how weird and unsettling it is that Kanye West features decontextualized figures of native African culture as so much aesthetic decoration in his sparse, modern apartment. I would talk about what a complicated and weird statement he is making by associating Africans with Sub Zero refrigerators, as if somehow his blackness was a tasteful curio picked out by his interior decorator. I wish I was smart enough to talk about that. Oh well.