Could Yeezy really be on his way to the top job?
Well, now we’ve heard it all. He’s compared himself to the Beatles, to Jesus and even Picasso, but last night at the VMA awards he announced his most ambitious gambit yet; presumably inspired by the likes of Ronald Reagan (actor-turned-president) and Arnold Schwarzenegger, he has decided to run for office as the leader of the free world.
Yes, in some mad dystopian future President Yeezy could be literally running the world. All lunacy aside, he would have a hard time winning around anyone who wouldn’t gravitate to him automatically, and it is hard to imagine a situation in which he would win over the hearts and minds of the American people with strong, concise debate. It is nigh on impossible, saying that, to even place him on the political spectrum; would he stand for republicans or democrats, or as an independent? He has vocally advocated support for Hillary Clinton this time around, so it is hard to imagine that he would depose her, but it is equally difficult to place him with the Republicans given his outspoken views on corporate greed over the last few years.
The truth is that this whole situation will probably blow over. There are far too many obstacles in the way for someone who has never been in politics, or even been vocal on political issues, to sweep in and take the position no matter what celebrity status they had before. But can we really imagine Kanye West deciding the fates of thousands of lives? Dealing with terrorist threats and ethical situations? Engaging in mutually respectful diplomacy around the world? Perhaps. I don’t put much faith in it myself.
If, however, he spends the next five years acquiring influential friends and advisors, debating on the hot-button issues of the day, and working on the marginals, he will at least have a chance at the top job. Just look at Donald Trump. Stranger things have happened.