John Legend and Kanye West have a long friendship that has hit a slight bump at the start of this year. Shortly after West proclaimed his love for Donald Trump via Twitter, the EGOT winner responded by letting his former music mentor know how dangerous the president's rhetoric is for millions of citizens.
In the end, they agreed not to agree. A new interview with The Wall Street Journal reveals that the legend breaks down because he felt the need to speak publicly to the West.
"Of course I did not agree with some of the things he was saying," Legend admitted, "and I was worried that his saying that he would boost some of the wrong forces, could be really demoralizing to the people watching him and thinking about him as a boss. "
The legend recognizes that West was probably attracted by the "personality" of Trump, the "marketing panic" and the "do not bother". However, wearing the MAGA hat can send the message that one actually supports its policies, which was the main problem for the Jesus Christ Superstar actor.
"My point of view about him is that when you wear that hat, when it looks like you're supporting him, you're also supporting his policies, all his rhetoric and not just the parts you like," Legend said. "I think we should talk about it, because we did not want people to be deceived to follow his line of thought without considering the full ramifications."
At the time of their social media exchange, the "Ordinary People" artist faced the moment with Angela Yee, saying that she did not intend to try to shame West, but only wanted to let him know her enormous impact on culture.
"I was not trying to make him feel bad, I just wanted him to think about what he was saying and what it meant to people, he talks about free thoughts and free thoughts a lot and for him it's okay to think about anything he thinks, but every time that pronounces a sentence and publishes it, has an impact, "said Legend.
The R & B star could simply express his wish; Recently, West has claimed to have talked about politics after being "used to spread messages" in which he does not believe.
My eyes are now wide open and now I realize I've been used to spread messages I do not believe in. I'm distancing myself from politics and I'm concentrating completely on being creative !!!
– you (@kanyewest) October 30, 2018