Kanye West on Ellen: 'What's the point of thinking?'
The rapper gave an impassioned speech about his place in the world while speaking to Ellen DeGeneres
Kanye West has no regrets about his Twitter account.
West appeared on Thursday’s episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where host Ellen DeGeneres questioned the rapper about his prolific social media presence.
“Kim [Kardashian, West’s wife] said there should be a board of directors that goes through your tweets. Like when you have an idea you give them to Kim and a bunch of people and they go ok you can tweet that or no you can not tweet that. Do you think you should have a board of directors?” DeGeneres asked.
“Absolutely not,” West replied.
DeGeneres then asked West if he had ever second thoughts about something he had sent out.
“What’s the point of thinking?” he answered.
West’s comment elicited laughs from both DeGeneres and the Ellen DeGeneres Show crowd, but kicked off an impassioned speech from the 38-year-old about his place in the world and his hopes for the future.
“I feel if I had more resources, I could help more people,” West said, referencing a tweet he had sent to Mark Zuckerberg asking for $1 billion. “I have ideas that can make the human race existence within our hundred years, better. Period. F— the paparazzi and whatever perception of me. Starting with the truth. Start there. Put some dope sh– with it.”
Asked to explain the “dope sh–” by DeGeneres, West said he felt society was in a “renaissance period,” citing 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen and himself as multifaceted artists with varying skills and interests.
“They try to position it through the media in some way that I’m like… whatever your friends might say,” West said of the perceptions that follow him around. “I care about people. I care — my dad lived in homeless shelters less than five years ago. He’s a psych major. My mom was the first black female chair of the english department at Chicago State University. I was raised to do something, to make a difference.”
West — who also commented on the controversy around this year’s Oscars ceremony, where every acting nominee was white for the second year in a row (“I didn’t take the Oscars as a joke”) — then added: “Are you connecting? Picasso is dead. Steve Jobs is dead. Walt Disney is dead. Name somebody living who you can name in the same breath as them. Don’t tell me about being likable. We’ve got 100 years here. We’re one race. The human race. One civilization. We’re a blip in the existence of the universe, and we’re constantly trying to pull each other down. Not doing things to help each other. That’s my point. I’m shaking, talking about it. I know it’s daytime TV, but I feel I can make a difference while I’m here. I feel I can make things better through my skillset. I’m an artist.”
Later in his speech, West said he wanted to bring fashion to the masses as a way to remove bullying from society, citing Michael Jackson’s entry into the music world as an example of what he hoped to accomplish.
“Michael Jackson and Russell Simmons is the reason why I was able to go so far in music,” West said. “There was a time when Michael Jackson couldn’t get his video on MTV because he was considered to be ‘urban.’ The Michael Jackson. So I literally have to be Michael Jackson of apparel in order to break open the doors for everyone who will come after I’m gone. After I’m dead. After they call me ‘Wacko Kanye.’ Isn’t that so funny? That people point fingers at the people who have influenced us the most? They talk the most sh– about the people who cared the most?”
West concluded his speech, with an apology: “I’m sorry, daytime television, I’m sorry for the realness.”
Watch the full segment below.