Kanye continues to divide public opinion


Kanye West at Infowars interview

Music artist Kanye West — now known as Ye — publicly announced his support for Hitler during a recent interview on Alex Jones’ “InfoWars” talkshow.

This isn’t the first time Kanye spoke up about his opinions. According to CNN, Kanye told their staff that he has long been fascinated by Hitler. In addition, a business executive who works for Kanye said the artist created a hostile environment because of his “obsession” with Hitler.

During the “InfoWars” interview Kanye said he believes Hitler brought value.

“I see good things about Hitler,” he said. “Every human being has value that they brought to the table, especially Hitler.”

As the news quickly spread on campus, freshman Elena Konicki had a strong reaction.

“I was very disturbed that in the 21st century, we still have people that are relatively prominent figures, saying that they support Hitler,” she said. “I think that this man is disgusting.”

Freshman Tadi Zivotic agreed.

“I don’t think a normal person would support Hitler. He’s definitely mentally ill for even believing in that,” he said.

But not everyone was surprised by what Kanye had to say.

“I thought he was just doing it for attention, honestly, because it seems like something he would do,” freshman Penelope Maynard said.

While West has put some supporters in a difficult position, English teacher Lynne Bramlett said this news will not affect his supporters.

“I think that his supporters will continue to support him and make excuses for him,” she said. “I believe that because he is irrelevant now, he is doing anything to get attention.”

Konicki, likewise, said she doesn’t believe this will affect his career much.

“I think he’s going to lose a lot of supporters, but I think he is going to gain a lot of publicity, so it’ll even out,” she said.

On the other hand, Bramlett said she wants to believe people will forget about him.

“I would like to think that humanity would prevail and he would become completely inconsequential, but at this point I don’t think that’ll happen,” she said.

By Claire Chen