Blog

Ben Shapiro: ‘Kooky’ Kanye West Proves ‘People Are Tired of Identity Politics’

Michael Morris | May 4, 2018 | 2:28pm EDT
Font Size
Host of "The Ben Shapiro Show" and Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Wire Ben Shapiro (left) and President Donald J. Trump and Kanye West (right) (Screenshots)

On the after show of his daily Facebook Live podcast “The Ben Shapiro Show” Thursday, host and Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Wire Ben Shapiro suggested that “kooky” Kanye West’s tweets prove that “people are tired of identity politics.”

“I’m not saying, again, Kanye West is a conservative thought leader, because I don’t think he is,” stated Ben Shapiro during his after show on Thursday. “I’m not saying that Kanye West knows that much about politics, because I don’t think he does. I’m not saying that Kanye West ain’t kooky, because I think that Kanye West is a pretty kooky guy. But Kanye West, a major cultural figure, standing up and saying, ‘Listen, you don’t have to think the way the left wants you to think,’ is breaking down a significant barrier for a lot of people.

Later in his show, Shapiro continued, “I think people are tired of the identity politics. I think people are bored with the identity politics. I think people want to have conversations. I’m seeing it in my own life.”

Ben Shapiro’s comments came after Reuters released a poll results that showed black male approval of President Donald J. Trump doubled in a week’s time between April 22 and April 29.

Below is a transcript of Shapiro’s remarks from his after show on Thursday:

“I’m not saying, again, Kanye West is a conservative thought leader, because I don’t think he is,” stated Ben Shapiro during his after show on Thursday. “I’m not saying that Kanye West knows that much about politics, because I don’t think he does. I’m not saying that Kanye West ain’t kooky, because I think that Kanye West is a pretty kooky guy. But Kanye West, a major cultural figure, standing up and saying, ‘Listen, you don’t have to think the way the left wants you to think,’ is breaking down a significant barrier for a lot of people.

“And as Eric, my friend Eric Weinstein – who, I will correct this, is a, he’s a Harvard theoretical mathematician – when he said that there are a lot of people whose preferences are being hidden by the prevailing political ortho[doxy], politically correct orthodoxy, and that Kanye had shattered that politically correct orthodoxy or at least cracked the wall, I think there’s a lot of truth to that. And the polls are showing it.

“I think people are tired of the identity politics. I think people are bored with the identity politics. I think people want to have conversations. I’m seeing it in my own life. I’m seeing it in my own life.

“People who I would not have been able to have conversations with three years ago suddenly are interested in talking seriously about political issues that afflict the country because they are tired of being boxed into this area where if you talk to somebody who is just a mainstream conservative that somehow makes you bad.

 

“Now, I’m not a person who believes that all views are created equally valid or equally useful or that everybody has to talk with everybody, but I do think that it’s important that for people who have mainstream views to talk to each other and not consider each other evil or bad or terrible. That is a useful thing, and not only a useful thing, a necessary thing if we hope the country survives. I think, increasingly, that’s happening.

“Something is changing. You can feel it in the air. You can feel it in the air. You can feel that there’s a whole group, particularly of young people, who are tired of the pat answers being given by parties on all sides. They’re tired of the tribalism. They’re tired of the idea on the right that everything that President Trump does ever is wonderful and great. But they’re much more tired on the left of the idea that everything that they say has to be boxed into a particular group identity.

“Now, I don’t want to harp on Kanye West too much, but I do think that what we’re watching right now is something really, really important. And I think that it’s important to note it as it happens.

“I don’t think that everybody in the black community is going to suddenly agree with Kanye West about taxes or certainly about his comments on slavery. I don’t think everybody in the black community is going to agree with Candace Owens. But I do think that when people see major political figures, major cultural figures saying, ‘Listen, I can have a conversation with anybody, and you’re allowed to.

“I think that’s breaking the mold. It’s changing things, and that’s having a marked impact insofar as our elections. Pretty incredible stuff.”

donate
mrc merch