Kanye West has endured backlash for the comments he delivers during his his concerts. At the Budweiser Made In America concert in Philadelphia over the weekend, the Chicago rapper-producer said that his work should be respected, not ridiculed.
“People want to make a joke out of how hard we work, you know what I’m saying, whether it’s South Park making a joke a long time ago about us going to the fashion shows, whether it’s MTV recently making a joke…it’s fine, it’s all funny and everything, but don’t distract from my mission,” Kanye West said, according to FADER. “It’s not a joke what we do up here. This music is not a joke. What we do, culturally, is not a joke.”
Kanye West then turned his focus to the subject of race.
“When I was at an all-Black school and people used to pick on the only White girl, that was not a joke,” he said. “So for me, to be in a very publicized interracial relationship [with wife Kim Kardashian], it’s not a joke. It’s something that should be treated with respect. ‘Cause we’re all in this together. You know, they try to make it seem like a self-absorbed thing, but the bottom line is, I want to be able to create more, to create more that can help more people.”
Kanye West’s Budweiser Made In America performance is available in two parts below. Check it out: