Kanye West, “Yeezus”, that rapper dude with the plate in his chin, definitely turned heads when he brought out a man, dressed as “Jesus”, for his first tour stop in Seattle. Now we all know that Kanye always has something up his sleeve whether it be musically or geared toward fashion. I remember hearing the term “Yeezus” when he originally dropped the single from his latest album. My reaction: wait what!? I posted an image from the show on Instagram to find out what people thought about this.
As you can see it wasn’t received very well, but people did take notice which is brillant from a marketing aspect (it’s the student in me). West stopped by Bay Area radio station WilD 94.9 to shed some light on the controversy surrounding his decision.
“On bringing “Jesus” out on stage during his “Yeezus” tour
I had a friend of mine that’s a pastor there as we started discussing how we wanted to deliver it. My girl even asked afterward, ‘Hmmm, is that weird if he just comes on stage?’ No, we do plays all the time where people play Jesus. What’s awesome about Christianity is that we’re allowed to portray God. We are allowed to draw images of him, we’re allowed to make movies about him. Other religions, you’re not allowed to do that. So that’s what’s really awesome about Christianity. That’s one of the awesome things.[…]Michelangelo did it.
It’s a painting. It’s a sculpture. It’s a moving opera. It’s a play. I’m not even gonna do any comparisons with that because God knows where my heart is at.[…]I’ma tell you one thing. One of the things I wanted to get across with that message is that you can have a relationship with Jesus, that you can talk to Jesus. This is my literal…in the same way as someone can have ‘Jesus is my homeboy,’ that is the way I would express it. In the way I create it is that you can have a relationship with Jesus. You can talk to him.
On being a Christian & wanting to be like Jesus
The reason it was funny to say ‘white Jesus’ is whether it’s a portrayal of what your image of something is. You know, all that matters is what you see and how you believe in you and how you love your family. That’s my opinion. The real opinions are in the Bible. This is my opinion and message for what I’m dealing with right now.[…]It’s funny because you hear the term ‘black Jesus’ all the time, but you never hear the term ‘white Jesus.’ It’s just some Kanye West s–t really. The same way Will Ferrell gets up and he performs his stuff, I’m a performance artist. I’m a believer. Anytime that word ‘Jesus’ can be used more in our lives, I believe it’s a good thing. So even if it’s a title Yeezus…when I say this about my heroes, people wanna be like Mike, I want to be like Christ. I keep it five years old at all times. I think people have had all these boundaries of people’s opinions that hold them back to what they honestly want to create, so the biggest form about me having any form of portrayal of Jesus is I wanted to do it.”
What do you think? Too much or expressing himself completely as an artist?
If you didn’t see the image posted on my Instagram page take a look below for the performance.
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