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OPINION: Kanye West deserves the same treatment as Alex Jones

by Mike Creef, Staff Writer
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It’s really a sad thing when you see one of the people you have admired for so long have such a dramatic and self-inflicted fall from grace. For some right-wing extremists, I’m sure that love for Alex Jones took a hit as the conspiracy radio host has lost case after case in court while begging for money from his followers. For the culture, Kanye West was someone that we have grown with and loved over the last 20 years, and at times had to put up with his seemingly harmless publicity stunts.

But long gone are the days of giving Kanye a free pass for the hurtful and hateful things he does and says.

In fact, it’s time he starts being held financially responsible for his words.

Now before some of you go “WhAt AbOuT fReEdOm Of SpEeCh,” I’m not implying that Kanye West doesn’t have the freedom to say whatever the hell he wants. In fact, he’s displayed that freedom freely over the last 20 years. What I AM implying is that just because you have the freedom to do something doesn’t mean it absolves you of the consequences from doing it.

Case in point, Alex Jones. Jones has the freedom to share whatever ignorant conspiracy theory he wants, and quite frankly, he has operated and benefited financially from that freedom for years. He has “f*cked around” for the better part of the last decade, pushing the narrative that the Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax on his radio show Infowars.

Jones’ freedom of speech caused emotional distress to Sandy Hook families with many of them receiving death threats, harassment, and even being forced to move, all because of Infowars supporters. While the families of Sandy Hook were suffering, Jones was raking in hundreds of millions of dollars and saw his net worth grow to near $200 million.

It’s time to drop Kanye

But now, Jones is in the “finding out” stage of his ignorant freedom of speech experiment. A Connecticut jury recently ordered him to pay nearly $1 BILLION to the Sandy Hook families for defamation, slander, and emotional distress damages. 

And it’s probably time Kanye starts “finding out” after he’s “f*cked around” for years with ignorant statement after ignorant statement.

There is a responsibility that comes with having a large following and influence. Your words carry more weight than most because die-hard supporters will take those words as gospel and run with them, many times further than the original author intended.

It’s why the January 6 insurrection happened (although let’s be honest, Trump definitely intended for that to happen). Appealing to the least intelligent with statements that stoke rage and anger will almost always have violent consequences.

Now, the friends and family of George Floyd are dealing with the same bullshit that those of Sandy Hook had to deal with, all because Kanye West wants to claim he’s “free thinking”.

It’s not “free thinking” when you say ignorant statements like “George Floyd died from fentanyl” or “the officer’s knee wasn’t even on his neck like that”, both statements that are categorically incorrect and have been disproven by multiple experts. 

It’s not “free thinking” when you wear a “White lives matter” shirt, which is an unoriginal and obvious slap in the face to the “Black lives matter” movement. All that does is give fuel to the White supremacists who’ll say “see, we’re justified in our actions because here’s a Black celebrity echoing our ignorance”.

Luckily, companies like Adidas have “placed their partnership under review” with Kanye because of his ignorant speech. And the family of George Floyd is considering legal action against Kanye for spreading false and hurtful information about his death.

Hopefully for all the “finding out” Alex Jones has been doing this past year it will give others with a large platform who spew hateful and ignorant false information some reservation. They should understand that there could very well be financial ramifications for their words.

They have the freedom of speech to say what they want, but as they are finding out, they’re not free from the consequences of their speech.

5 comments

Blackie October 17, 2022 - 4:21 pm

I personally believe Ye is getting his head clear and changing.

It looks weird from a distance only because Ye is not conforming to the limits and expectations of others. When you are going through a period of change you make missteps, go out on a tangent, make a fool of yourself etc.

Ye is not a fool.

I believe Ye is a man with courage. Social media cancelled Ye. Ye went out and bought Parlor, his own social network. He didn’t whine and engage with the woke and let them have the upper hand. He walked away and became his own upper hand.

The world is changing and people across races and ethnicity are seeing the damage that academia and the democratic party have caused with wokeness and cancel culture. Ye is not going to be a victim, he is going to have success with Parlor because he has influence. I think Parlor may become a rally point for Black nonconformists, rebels and free thinkers.

The more cancel culture is directed at people who do not follow the (white) progressive orthodoxy, the more people will find ways to marginalize the woke. Twitter began purging and censoring those whom were not aligned with their ideology. Result? Truth Social, gab, GETTR, and Parlor, that’s what. Rumble and several other video hosting sites have sprang up in response to the Soviet mindset of google’s YouTube. Cancel culture has worked for the woke until now.

People are walking away and Ye is one of them.

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shadowrangler (@shadowrangler) October 29, 2022 - 11:04 am

“Woke” is a term that nobody who uses ever describe as its no more than a generic word to justify racism, misogny and other crappy ideas that make the world a crap place to live in.

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mikecreefbwstimes October 17, 2022 - 5:05 pm

@Blackie I hate to break it to you, but Kanye got played by Candace Owens and the massive grifter she his over the last month…her husband is the CEO of Parlor (which is a dead social media platform that barely gets 1 million viewers per month) and she finessed Kanye into buying a dead animal haha…so no, Parlor is not going to be a rally point for Black people, just like how it wasn’t a rally point for conservatives.

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MsVee October 18, 2022 - 9:42 pm

September 2, 2005, Kanye West said, ‘George Bush doesn’t care about black people’. October 18, 2022, I ask what about you Kanye?

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Mr. Theodore J King October 21, 2022 - 2:01 pm

“It’s not ‘free thinking’ when you wear a “White lives matter” shirt, which is an unoriginal and obvious slap in the face to the “Black lives matter” movement. All that does is give fuel to the White supremacists who’ll say “see, we’re justified in our actions because here’s a Black celebrity echoing our ignorance”

For this website to write incendiary crap everyday, like the quote above, while calling for lawsuits against others who say crazy things is rich! Be careful. You might find yourself in court one day.
Didn’t you all call former Tulsa County DA TIm Harris a “white supremacist” last spring when he was running for Tulsa School Board?

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