As Twitchy reported over the weekend, Turning Point USA’s Candace Owens was caught on video shutting down a Black Lives Matter protester at a speech at UCLA, saying that she preferred blacks to have a victor mentality and not a victim mentality. Later that day, rapper Kanye West tweeted this, sending the Left into a frenzy.
I love the way Candace Owens thinks
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 21, 2018
Not only that: West also reposted a video by “far-right” “Dilbert” creator Scott Adams. As ridiculous as it is to call Adams “far-right,” it’s even more ridiculous to call West an “alt-right darling,” but that’s what Molly Roberts did in The Washington Post on Tuesday.
Opinion: Kanye West, alt-right darling https://t.co/AKXkI0RwBA
— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) April 24, 2018
Kanye West was having a great weekend, until he wasn’t. One moment, the rapper-producer-entrepreneur was dispensing pearls of pseudo-philosophy on Twitter to the retweets of adoring observers. The next, many of those same admirers had turned to denouncing him instead. Oh, and he had become an alt-right darling. Whatever West is going through at the moment, the response to his Twitter spree reveals more about the people who have fled from him — and those who’ve flocked to him, too.
West’s fortunes reversed when he expressed his admiration on Saturday for red-pill YouTuber Candace Owens, an African American Donald Trump supporter known for, among other things, referring to Black Lives Matter protesters as “whiny toddlers, pretending to be oppressed for attention.”
So how, exactly, is Kanye West “alt-right”? And how did his fortunes reverse, exactly? His fans are still fans; the only ones who seem butthurt are the handful of journalists writing about it.
— Tyler Ness (@tylerjness) April 24, 2018
— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) April 24, 2018
You did it: you published a piece beyond satire.
— Razor (@hale_razor) April 24, 2018
I legit couldn't stop laughing the whole time I read this ? https://t.co/yKI53CAlL4
— Alex Sage (@sage_alex) April 24, 2018
"Anyone who disagrees with us is alt-right" https://t.co/2sxjkD1WdS
— Ben McDonald (@Bmac0507) April 24, 2018
When you throw "alt-right" around like Halloween candy it loses its true meaning. Smh. https://t.co/PxEGJPzEL5
— Brett Vogt (@brettvogt7) April 24, 2018
I thought the alt-right were white supremacist nazis. ?
Did they change again?
We need a tracker. https://t.co/FmH5uvO2of
— Chad Felix Greene (@chadfelixg) April 24, 2018
Washington Post either doesn't know what "alt right" means, or they just don't want to be taken seriously anymore. https://t.co/EdWBTmYM5U
— Ken Webster Jr (@ProducerKen) April 24, 2018
I'm willing to believe this headline is just for clicks. That said, not remotely surprised to see corporate media smearing any non-progressive as "alt-right." The label is quickly losing all meaning with such indiscriminate application. https://t.co/nYffwqJpEr
— Jackie Danicki (@veryjackie) April 24, 2018
Everyone you disagree with is the Alt Right…good grief you people are pathetic…in case you haven't noticed the Alt Right can't get 20 people to an event that is highly promoted by the MSM https://t.co/CxZWus6qCr
— ?? yvonne burton (@_YvonneBurton) April 24, 2018
I mean nothing says “icon for legions of Richard Spencer fans” like one of the most culturally influential Black men alive, right? https://t.co/ycFBhnSvsv
— Tiana Lowe (@TianaTheFirst) April 24, 2018
— Lex Corvus ♔ (@LexCorvus) April 24, 2018
White nationalism sure has changed over the years https://t.co/Z0ecbFNR1z
— Post-Liberal Bot (@post_liberal) April 24, 2018
"Everybody on the right of Bernie Sanders is alt-right" is a better title. https://t.co/spOVJW5OJi
— Khang Q. Ngo (@YouKhangDoIt) April 24, 2018
— Joy Villa (@Joy_Villa) April 24, 2018
If you think any different than liberals, they will put a negative label on you. Kanye said he likes the way a Candice Owens thinks, a free thinking black woman, and now he’s alt Right. There are no longer free thinkers in the Democratic Party https://t.co/qoCfPmY0h8
— Eric Eason (@eaglescout_eric) April 24, 2018
Kanye encourages free speech and free thought. Media crucifies him, unwittingly proving his point. https://t.co/TPgZ8G6rT1
— devin parker (@NotDevinParker) April 24, 2018
Ahhhh there it is. Every complex variable that makes up this complicated cultural conflict – neatly packaged in an simplistic label. The alt right has been dead, but that doesn’t matter to this author https://t.co/RZzCeZdzX0
— Nahum Gald (@nahumGald) April 24, 2018
Delete your account. https://t.co/QHvGEfuHMQ
— Luis Dollar (@luisdollar09) April 24, 2018
'Good WORK.' Scott Adams DROPPED BuzzFeed for their investigative FAIL calling him a men's rights activist https://t.co/LE6aLEESyD
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) April 23, 2018