Is Kanye West’s Career Too Far Gone?

Myajah Johnson, Opinion Editor

Kanye West, also known as Ye, is quite a  polarizing name. You either love him, or you hate him; there’s really no in-between. Though, it’s safe to say that the Kanye that we all loved back then is not the same Kanye that everyone has grown to hate now.  

It seems that, especially within the past few years, West has been caught in controversy after controversy.

Whether this was him saying “George Bush doesn’t care about black people,” stating that “slavery was a choice,” his frivolous, though entertaining, drama with Pete Davidson, or, better yet, “Skete,” as he says and, not to upset all of the Swifties out there, when he called out Taylor Swift at the VMAs in 2009 claiming that Beyonce deserved the award. 

These are just a few of the many controversies West has been caught in that have raised talks.

Though, it seems like he’s always somehow able to bounce back from these kinds of situations. Despite many people’s anger towards these dramas, you’ll still hear millions praising Ye and expressing their love for him. I mean, how could you not love Kanye?

Recently, however, West has been under more heat than ever before. This all began when he wore a shirt to his Yeezy show during Paris Fashion Week that said “White Lives Matter.” 

Ye said on FoxNews:

“I thought the shirt was a funny shirt, I thought the idea of me wearing it was funny. Because they do. It’s the obvious thing.” 

He wore it in response to the Black Lives Matter movement, and was poking fun at White People wearing “Black Lives Matter” shirts. He is essentially saying that we don’t need them to wear shirts saying that for it to be true; it should be a given.

Though, considering he’s an African-American and most of his demographic is also African-American, you can see how that still sparked confusion and anger within the Black community. 

Adding to that, West has been accused of making several insensitive anti-semitic remarks that have only fueled the fire. He claims that Jewish people control the entertainment media, referring to it as the “red media” and states that that has been the cause of several wrongdoings in the African-American population. He stated that Black people are also Jewish, so therefore he cannot be anti-semitic which was also very provocative.

His comment that George Floyd died due to fentanyl as opposed to former officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on his neck for nine minutes and continuous Instagram and Twitter outbursts have only worsened his case.

It is common knowledge that West suffers from bipolar disorder, but does there come a time when that is no longer an excuse?

As a result of all of this, the empire that Ye has built for himself over the past decade has slowly been deteriorating.

Both Balenciaga, Gap and Adidas have all cut ties with him, so that’s bye-bye to Yeezy’s. Also, his record label–Def Jam, has completely dropped him.

His career has taken a huge blow and he has lost over 2 billion dollars according to an article written by Billboard; he has officially been stripped of his billionaire status.

This begs the question–has Kanye finally reached the point of no return?

Months ago, at the beginning of this year, Ye dropped his Netfilx docu-series Jeen-Yuhs, and it had seemed that a lot of people re-gained or gained respect for West after seeing the hardships that he went through during his humble beginnings.

Was all of that respect gained only to be lost just months later?

More importantly, are we watching the downfall of one the biggest names in entertainment history right before our eyes?