Kanye West and 'Runaway' music film, a review: Arty, sweet, shrewd, sexy. Good music, too.

Kanye West debuted his long-form music film Runaway on Saturday night. It was a dreamy mini-movie with lovely, light imagery and a heavy message — roughly speaking, people aren’t open-minded; they don’t accept what they don’t immediately understand. Take it as a metaphor for how West feels about the acceptance of not necessarily his music, but his public behavior (epitomized by the West-Taylor Swift VMA moment), and you probably wouldn’t be wrong.

It told the story of a phoenix (played by model Selita Ebanks) who falls to Earth in front of West’s car. West, playing a version of himself, tried to introduce her to a world that mystified her, and was mystified by her.

(Warning: clip below contains a few possibly-objectionable words.)

The West-directed Runaway used a heavily-saturated color palette; bright oranges, fiery reds, and lush forest-greens dominated. He lingered over his imagery, frequently slowing down the motion for us to observe the phoenix’s most causal gestures. In one bravura sequence, he included a red-dressed marching band that pulled along a giant papier-mache bust of Michael Jackson in its wake.

West has said that Runaway contains nine songs from his forthcoming album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, and supplies “visuals for all these songs that deserve videos.”

Late in Runaway, the phoenix speaks: “You know what I hate about your world? Anything that is different you try to change, you try to tear it down.” West’s visual and musical sophistication was constantly contrasted with images of the phoenix’s playful innocence, until she finally burst into flames and ascended back “to my world,” as she put it, leaving West’s character desperate, running down the road after her, left alone.

Runaway aired simultaneously on MTV, MTV2, and BET; each channel inserted their commericals into Runaway in a cruelly abrupt manner that marred the flow of West’s film.

In an interview that aired immediately after Runaway, West referred to Fellini and Kubrick as influences, and the languidly assured tracking shots and framing in some scenes bore out those influences. He also said the phoenix’s crash paralleled the “crash of my career.” Sometimes it’s best for an artist to just let the work speak for itself.

Given how controversial West’s every artistic gesture seems to have become, I have a feeling we’ll be in for a round of dismissals of Runaway as a pretentious piece. Instead, it deserves to be seen as a carefully modulated art-film made by a man on a mission.

Did you watch Runaway? What did you think?

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  • Whatever!!

    I seriously hate this man. He is a egotistical racist pig. Sorry do not see what was so great about his “film.” All he wants is attention.

    • ha

      Did you watch?

      • Larry David

        I’ve recently been diagnosed with schizophrenia, which explains a lot.

      • FromChicago

        I watched 6 minutes and kept thinking, wtf? is he trying to convey. The music is passable, but the video and the music don’t go together and I can’t understand a d**mn thing he’s saying.

    • Larry David

      Mmmmm. Stanley Kubrick.

    • nono

      Larry David is the most racist person on this site, for anyone who doesn’t know. Don’t you have a Klan meeting to attend?

    • Larry David

      Kanye is a pretty good rapper and a great producer. He can be self absorbed at times, but over all I think we should focus on the music and not give in to his public shenanigans that take away from his talent.

    • lule

      calm urself-he said stanley kubrick was an influence not that he is as good as stanley kubrick.and if u didnt see the story in there u just obviously didnt get it-kinda making the point of the movie w ur reaction *kanye shrug*

      • John

        Stop being a hater, he says himself “if you can do better than me, do it”… this is so simple….

    • Karina Abigail Martinez

      did you even watch it ??? hes amazing stop being a asshole. let me toast to you!

      • Toni

        Let me toast to you…… ha!! that was funny…

      • Tinisee Mua

        this video is to me an EPIC long-formed music video. He is just doing what other great artist have done i.e. Micheal Jackson. It tells a story and gives a message. All these comments that are so negative just need to stop. Kanye’s vision was shown loud and clear…and to the haters i believe to toast was for you guys.

    • Miss Talk

      SMH to all those haters…Usually, when people DON’T CARE about someone, they are not interested in anything related to him.Well, looks like Hate and Love are “the same old difference”, because Kanye haters are even running the first comment race like real fans would do.
      Anyway, I loved the video. Kanye is a genius. And in this business, HE IS the one who is not afraid to take a stand (The dinner scene will probably keep (white) people talking for 10 years). And I loved the song with Rihanna and the last one too.
      Album of the year 2012? That’s MY beautiful fantasy.

      • Rilar

        You are a walking marketing statistic who likes derivative corporate crap. It’s obvious you have no intellectual curiosity and that you lack the basic common sense required to be ashamed of yourself.

      • Brett

        “The dinner scene will probably keep (white) people talking for 10 years.” Boy, I’d sure like a peek inside your head to figure out what THAT means, and why you don’t think it’s both fatuous and racist.

      • Maz

        Rilar and Brett, I’d like to see Toby Keith or Taylor Swift or whoever the fck you two listen to make something half as intellectual or creative as this film while at the same time consistently putting out music that relates to almost everyone who listens to it. GTFO Kanye’s sack haters

      • B

        Rilar, you idiot, if it’s spoonfed corporate crap, why are you feeding into it by even responding here. It’s out there for people to accept or reject, not forced down our throats, and obviously by being here you got drawn in… good job Kanye. Go back and listen to your “independent non-corporate” music like, let’s say… Michael Buble??

      • Toni

        Absolutely…. if the dinner scene were reversed I’m sure there wouldn’t be a comment…. BTW a white woman came up with the concept for the dinner scene… people are so brainless

      • Sam

        Understand that the BLACK man that asked West whether or not he recognized that his date was a bird is the same douchebag that West is referring to in Runaway. How could that be racist if he’s bashing one of his own race?

      • Taylor

        I agree with you Miss Talk, this video and what Kanye is doing is pretty amazing. He’s putting himself out there and truly making his own vision come to life. This video is making people feel angry, mystified, charmed, confused, every emotion just like a true artist and not a run of the mill mainstream rapper would. His album is more than a rap album, it’s a musical experience that people will hate, love, and disect for years to come.

    • kp

      a self indulgent, adolescent mess

      • @kp

        Community fan?

      • B

        Welcome to the music industry, you dumbass.

    • FromChicago

      It’s only 2 minutes out of 35 how can anyone judge whether it’s good or bad. Looks like a winner to me.

    • Brett

      If Stanley Kubrick was an influence, he must have been an incredibly subtle one. So subtle as to escape even the slightest notice.

      • FArouet

        I can kind of see it in possibly his use of colors as themes. Kanye’s attention to colors, especially in the dinner scene was Kubrick-esqe (like in The Shining or 2001: A Space Odyssey). Also, the camera tracking techniques looked similar.

    • Agolds

      Your just ignorant to the fact that kanye west has created an art masterpiece and you arent willing to accept that he is one of the greatest musical influences on this generation today. Runaway was incredible and any intellectual with a good taste in music,art, and film would enjoy it

    • annie

      It doesn’t matter if he was a ignorant, It doesn’t matter about the Taylor Swift thing and it doesn’t matter if he is trying to get attention or not. But it certainly got my attention and my tear-ducts. The video was pure talent and talent is what people need and what most people lack. If you can’t match up to him in talent, it doesn’t matter whether if he’s a jerk, you’re wasting your breathe. Besides, isn’t getting attention what stars are suppose to do? It’s the center of their career.

    • mike

      Black people can’t be racst. Only the majority race can be racist since thy have the power in this country.

      • SteveStrifeX

        That doesn’t make a lot of sense. I’m white and I personally have zero power or influence. By your reasoning, that means I can say as many negative things as I want about other races and not be racist. Try to think a little sometime

      • goodevelina@gmail.com

        if u tried to sound smart, hmm well it didnt quite work out

      • B

        If you read racism into that scene with white servants and a whole table full of black people, race is first and foremost on your mind and your obviously offended by conceived role reversal. Therefore, he probably got the response he wanted by a more ignorant demographic… good job, Kanye!

      • NIck

        African Americans are the Majority race in America now… but in no way is Kayne being racist this is mix of several songs on his new record, so there is not a story line, it’s just a mixture of art, which is beautiful, intelligent, and new, and that’s why Kayne is a genius

      • Neutral

        How is African American the Majority (majority) race in America? There is (without looking up statistics) about a 14% African American population.

        Good note SteveStrifeX

        My first impression of the white/black was solely contrast for color palette. Now that everyone is arguing about it being racist/not racist I lost interest in this video.

        And no one will have a video like Thriller. Thriller had no boring points as compared to Kanye’s was boring at times. (and amazing at others)

      • ckneala

        as a black female…yes black people can be racist…1. The belief that race accounts for differences in human character or ability and that a particular race is superior to others.
        2. Discrimination or prejudice based on race….2nd we need to be more of one …our history has made us nothing but separate and judge…and look the world is always the same …i would hate for something bad to happen to know we all as a a human race need to band together…all of our bloods are red

    • West may not be far off . . .

      “It absolutely had no story. He thought he was being artsy and all but it was pretentious.” That’s an apt description of a lot of Kubric films.

    • Toni

      How could you hate someone you don’t even know… your an idiot!

      • Toni

        B… you’re are so on point

    • Orlando Terry

      Good job kanye west.The vidoe was work of genius.Some

    • John

      Ah, believe me, he is a great man, but it’s just that you people of this society are so hypocrite and such hater that he was obligated to change…. He got to adapt himself to you hater…… and then u are not even between the last thing he care about……. So just relax!!!!!

  • Bells

    I laughed my head off when he said he was a “soldier of culture.” What the hell is that? I just think of it as someone being weird to get attention. Freak!

    • Larry David

      Geez, I can’t help but admire a guy like Kanye! He speaks his mind, hardly even apologizes, and has one heck of a rear end, to boot! Oh, and the diamond chompers? Yeah, baby, yeah. Rawr.

  • b,

    KANYE IS THE MAN!!!! HE PUTS ME IN A TRANCE, HE CAN DO NO WRONG

  • YET, U WATCHED

    See name

  • Stupid!

    I wish he had committed suicide. I hate his ugly black ass!

    • Gabrielle

      You’re one of the reasons he made this video. Never in the history of pop culture has a man been so unafraid, so brash, so love, and yet so hated. People like to give Kanye so much hell for Taylor Swift. Why? Because he was a black man that stole the spotlight from a young white woman. Even with his “George Bush hates black people” comment, Kanye West has never misspoken. That man has always just said what MILLIONS of people had already thought long before it left his lips. Ask black people what they think about Fmr. President George W. Bush, and you’ll see Kanye told it correctly. Ask people about Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” video, a video that was unprecedentedly watched, remade, and smashed up on YouTube, and you will again see, Kanye told the truth. That video WAS one of the greatest of all time, even if from a pure social outlook. He has been a soldier of culture. Trying to speak for so many people, including his fans. I agree that at times, his comments are not timed appropriately and spoken in the wrong situations, but definitely not false. I think he has had a hand, if not single handedly, in taking Hip-Hop to another level. I am extremely proud of him. I will use Kanye as an example to my children that you make mistakes, you have to get back up and hold your head high! I am so proud of Mr. West!

      • L

        Very well said Gabrielle!

      • SaraS

        I agree with a lot of what you said, but people hated what he did to Taylor NOT because she was white and he was black. It was the last douchebag straw. He’d been acting like a jerk for years.
        I just don’t see him as a NICE guy, which means I don’t like him, which means I don’t buy his music.

      • Dave

        He was acting like a jerk long before the Taylor Swift incident. It’s just that none of his antics before were as highly publicized or scrutinized. Always complaining about awards he doesn’t win, to the point where he once even stormed the stage at one show and interrupted the winners to b**** about why his video didn’t win when it had Pamela Anderson in it. I love some of his music, it’s great. But the man is an arrogant crybaby who values meaningless awards way too much. He should be happy he’s alive, with a great career dong what he likes, with millions of fans. But apparently, it’s not enough for him. He needs a little gold statue.

      • Mike

        I agree! He IS actually a nice guy. He’s just made some mistakes….as have a lot of us lol

      • u

        I agree with SaraS and Dave. Kanye is responsible for the bad PR that surrounds. He is extremely lucky to be as successful as he is, yet instead of realizing that, he’d rather make it his life’s ambition to have everyone worship him like a god. Pathetic.

      • Matt

        @dave havn’t you heard his G.O.O.D fridays track from last week? “i figured out i’m not a nice guy…”

      • Rilar

        I feel bad for you. You honestly believe you’re contributing something to the world, when in reality you hold back the entirety of civilization by failing to die in your sleep each night. What a gigantic waste of organs your parents must have been.

      • You Mad?

        @Rilar

        You mad? Youre a joke.

      • Brett

        Wow, Gabrielle, you sure know how to gush. You also need to brush up on pop culture history, considering the number of artists whose memory you just trashed by elevating Kanye above them.

      • dru

        Gabrielle: “Never in the history of pop culture has a man been so unafraid, so brash, so love, and yet so hated.” you obviously have a naive and very limited knowledge of pop culture, art and history.

      • Giggles

        Really your children, make sure to remind them to also have sex with a phoniex

      • wes

        Correction, you THINK he never misspoke, but he has numerous times.

        If I said that Obama didn’t care about white people because of his poor reaction to the snow storms years ago, then I would be speaking truth to power, but Kanye said that about Bush based on nothing and then WRONGFULLY stole the award from Taylor Swift.

      • Hanna

        Supamum and Natasha:I agree with both of you. As I was surfing the bserolhoge, I left a harsh comment on someone’s blog because they were complaining about the looting. They couldn’t understand why people couldn’t wait for help…nicely. How conveninent of this person to forget that these people had been waiting for help for days without outside communication: no TV’s, cell phones or internet. Oh, and don’t let me forget to mention without WATER, FOOD, AND MEDICAL ATTENTION!! There was no leadership or law enforcement. This equals anarchy, the total deterioration of soceity. No one was telling them that help was coming…someday. I also explained that if I had been in the same situation, I would have looted to feed my 7 kids, without a second thought. (And I am a law abiding citizen.) There are people that will follow their political parties blindly and disregard the blatant evidence of their parties’ deliberate decisions that cause harm. I cannot and will not do so. We all have the same blood running through our veins. We all deserve respect, dignity and humane treatment, regardless of our: income, race, religion or political party. It seems that there are many people that cannot do this. They have become cultish in their political beliefs. I am: a human being, a woman, a Christian and a mother. These people describe themselves as their party first, forgetting that humans make the world go round not the donkeys and the elephants. I was unaware of the Aussie’s that were stranded. I hope that they are able to escape the disaster area and return home safely as soon as possible. Unfortuantely, it seems that they also have been caught in the middle of politics. Ticklebug:I am glad that I was able to help you see things in a different perspective…csc5502d:I visited your blog. I too was ostracized and alienated due to prejudice. But unlike you, it has given me empathy and compassion. You are being fueled by your anger and feelings of injustice and “victimhood”. You say that you are not racist, but you spewed alot of venom towards the black community. Before you throw some poison my way, suffice it to say, I am not black, but I have been treated with the same racism. I know how it feels to live and deal with White America. My children attend a school that consists of 94% caucasian. They have lived here since they were 4,3,2, and 8 mos. and the other two were born here. They are still called racial slurs on an everyday basis. They have learned that not everyone has the ability to see a human being, some see color or other ethnic traits. Still, they do not cause others the same pain. They do not continue to perpetuate the racial divide that is eminent in America. And for that I thank God.

    • kaloalo

      you really shouldn’t wish anyone would commit suicide – i think your comment speaks for your character

      i frankly don’t care about what he did – he’s a music artist and i like some of his songs so i listen to them
      and taylor swift may be a great role model and a nice girl but i don’t like her music so i don’t listen to it
      it’s as plain and simple as that to me

      • Minds like beds

        Well, this is what I saw:
        A choppy storyline, bad acting, and a beautiful vision. I love Kanye, and I think he still has a long way to go, as with any artist. I think the fact that people are getting so worked up speaks volumes to the intended purpose of the video.

        To those saying that Kanye is the most daring, innovative (among other adjectives) artist to come along, please do some research (*ahem,* Michael Jackson). But to write him off completely as a failure? You clearly already had your mind made up about him before even giving the man a chance. He’s trying. I mean, he’s brining the image of a phoenix into the realm of hip hop. I’m not calling that or him a genius, I’m not calling him an avant-garde artist, and I’m not calling him an egotistical fool. But he has an amazing eye for the aesthetically pleasing, and I prefer that to candy-paint Cadillacs and romp-shaking any day.

      • Minds like beds

        that wasn’t supposed to be a reply, just a comment in general lol…

      • Truth

        Look, I didn’t like what he did to Taylor Swift. But he is who he is. His mistakes are his doing. Taking his life is God. In the end he will be judged by God. Who among us can judge him anyway? No ones perfect. This is his art. Let him express. IF YOU DON’T LIKE IT DON’T LISTEN OR WATCH IT. OVER ALL DON’T WISH A PERSON DEAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • B

      Good point about the suicide, Stupid! or is it Taylor??? hmmmm

    • Truth

      Look, I didn’t like what he did to Taylor Swift. But he is who he is. His mistakes are his doing. Taking his life is God. In the end he will be judged by God. Who among us can judge him anyway? No ones perfect. This is his art. Let him express. IF YOU DON’T LIKE IT DON’T LISTEN OR WATCH IT. OVER ALL DON’T WISH A PERSON DEAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Casey Colt

    An absolutely incredible piece of cinema and work of art. Looks like this album might be able to wipe the slate of 808 & Fartbreak however I’m feeling that even. The cinematography is incredibe. Goddamn these women can dance. The black power symbolism is off the chart. Kanye West IS all that as he sais but dig this people, do as thou wilt. Infamy stands the same as fame in that its still influence which amounts to power. Look at what this film is as an expression of emotion through film and music and how they corelate instead of bashing his ego, which in essence is the driving spirit of this film.. I f—ing love it.

  • Kanye ROCKS

    You guys are all haters kanye is a BEAST dont hate on wat u cant achieve

  • My 3 Cents

    I just watched. Love him or hate him, Kanye is fascinating on screen. There is currently no other musical artist out there that captures your attention quite like him. With that said, what I LOVE about this piece is that he had actual DANCERS instead of strippers “dancing” and LOTS of visual social commentary about America– that some people will never get. What pulled me out were moments like that turkey and Selita’s reaction to it and those shoes Kanye had on when he was lying down (ummm, yeah). While, it would have been interesting to see this video directed by someone other than Kanye, I still think he did FAR, FAR better than those who can’t and won’t use a third of his imagination or one video, let alone 9. BRAVO KANYE!! Still a fan. Keep pushing that artistic envelope.

    • Dave

      I also enjoy his music and find it entertaining, but let’s ease up on the superlatives. There are plenty of other musical artists who can capture attention and fascinate audiences just as much as Kanye, if not more. He is not the be-all end-all of musical artistry.

      • My 3 Cents

        Dave, my posts says “currently”. I don’t think Kanye is the ONLY artist who can do this – but right now there aren’t any others stepping up to the plate and doing it. I welcome it from anyone– if they want to– and applaud anyone willing to step out the box and do it. If this were say: Lady Gaga, Rhinna… even Taylor Swift – I’d say the same thing. I think everyone needs to be challenged and I feel like Kanye just threw down the gauntlet. Michael Jackson did it with Thriller and Kanye’s doing it with Runaway. I’m sure when Thriller came out there were people who didn’t “get it” – but we can look back on it and say it definitely impacted the visual landscape of music. Whether you agree or not- it’s my opinion and I choose to acknowledge the impact now rather than later.

      • Dave

        There are other artists currently doing creative things, maybe just not in the realm of Top 40. When you say Kanye is the only artist currently shaking things up, it makes you sound naive and ignorant to how many people in music are pushing the envelope. And I don’t mean any offense by that, I’m just saying. Expand your musical awareness.

      • Macjr82

        @Dave. In the interview, Kanye recognized that there are other people out there pushing boundaries, that he kinds of does what he does for them, b/c most of them don’t have the stage or power to bring it to the masses. The example he used was how at VMAs he was supposed to Power, but he had the “power” to say no, I’m doing runaway and bringing my artist on stage with me.

      • jones

        Like who?

    • Rilar

      Yes, Kanye is so brave and edgy. In a way totally scripted by his corporate masters, which you have swallowed whole because you aren’t nearly intelligent enough to know better. Look at you, posting about Kanye West’s shoes. Constructing a whole long, misspelled, grammatically atrocious rant; basically as an announcement to a bunch of strangers that your parents were related prior to marriage. You got dealt a bad hand, and as a result you like whatever crap you’re spoon-fed. Explore or die, would you please?

      • My 3 Cents

        Oh Rilar – you seem to have so much anger and it’s all so misguided and mis-directed. If Kanye has corporate masters– then don’t we all? IF we are to go by your conspiracy-theorist thinking. So wouldn’t that make you just as guilty as what you make him out to be? Explore or die…?? I mean really — are you 10? Or are you a envious musician who wishes he were in Kanye’s shoes??? You know the ones I said I didn’t care for. :-)

      • David

        Wow Rilar, it’s one thing to vocalize your opinion of an artist, or your opinion on someone else’s opinion, but I think you’re going a bit too far.

        Would you please take your pretentious and arrogant self out of here and stop making a damn fool of yourself?

        Please keep it above the waist or get the f— out.

      • SoComVoce

        All Too Funny … Keep Going Rilar ..

      • jones

        Why are you so angry? if you hate kanye and his supporters so much why even take part in any activity that has anything to do him ?

        P.S.
        Talking about someones family you don’t even know and then telling them to commit suicide is not really a good argument

      • YesSir

        Hmmm… It appears that you are not correct sir. First of all, if you are going to criticize the grammar of someone else, get your own grammar correct. You have misused semicolons in your article (a sure sign that you were simply trying to impress everyone with knowledge, Kurt Vonnegut once said that no one should use semicolons) as well as several misspelled words. Therefore sir, I would suggest that you shut up until you learn how to criticize. For it is quite obvious that you tried to blow our minds with your fantastic knowledge, and utterly failed. Thank you.

  • moon

    I realy do not get the whole artistic crap people have been going on about lately. I just don’t get it. When I see crap like that I just see crap. If I want to be entertained I would watch a real movie or just go to a concert. This whole “soldier of culture” is just stupid! Sorry kanye, you failed.

    • My 3 Cents

      How did he fail if you just took the time to actually post a comment? I always thought a “failure” wasn’t worth the time to think about them, let alone post an opinion on them. You don’t have to like what someone does, but it’s obvious you’re curious enough about it watch it and decide it’s “crap”. So, let’s be real and say you like it enough not to like it. :-)

      • Rilar

        If you say you dislike something, that must mean you like it! Because it reinforces my own poor taste to say so! People can’t possibly be bagging on the man because he’s a talentless hack, because that would mean I line up and exert time and money on talentless hacks! No, rather than evaluate my life and the fluff that fills it, which is all my tiny brain can handle, it would be better to just accuse everyone of secretly sharing my proclivity for fake bullshit.

        Seriously, dude? Seriously? You have poor taste in music and you’re not intelligent. It happens. What you need to do now is own it and quit projecting your immense shortcomings onto other people.

      • My 3 Cents

        Ummm…Rilar, I am not a “dude”. So the only thing you reinforce is how “sexist” and narrow-minded your own thinking is. With that said, I continue to stand by my original response. If you think someone “failed” why waste your time or energy commenting?? Sure this is your right – but just because a right exists you do have the OPTION not to use it. Now, if you have CONSTRUCTIVE things you’d like to bring to the conversation– other than WEAK personal attempts to shoot down my intellect (which you wouldn’t even come close to knowing…even on a GOOD day)– then I suggest you share them or re-read what I wrote, and this time TRY to comprehend it BEFORE forming thoughts that emphasize how little understanding you truly do have.

    • B

      You didn’t see it. You probably have no interest in seeing it, we know. It’s good you put your 2 cents here. But still you took time to post your opinion on a 3 second snippet you probably saw on TV or maybe even just his picture in the article pissed you off. Your strong opinion just supports the fact that Kanye is a presence like or not, so eat it. Good job, Kanye!

  • ha

    Thought the “film” was bizarre, but loved the music. Real great stuff there. I still don’t know if I like Kanye as a person, but the guy makes some ace music. Can’t deny him that.

  • Solomon M.

    Why is everyone STILL hating on Kanye West? He is a good musician. Im not saying that he is not egotistical, but let him be!

  • ESCO

    How exactly is he a racist? I love how so many white people have nothing else to say but call him racist, and then others call him racist names. You guys obviously have a lot going wrong in your lives to channel your hatred towards Kanye. You mad? Most definitely lol.

    • Casey Colt

      In all fairness the servants at his dinner party were white. The black KKK parade and the video for Power as well as the lyrics.. completely Black Power not necessarily racist.. but probably a little HA HA whatever I’m down with it.

  • college dropout

    Ok..this is your chance to show how limited..how ignorant and how simple minded your taste is. Especially if you say you don’t get this piece. How limited could you possibly be to watch this and not have the sense to know that it’s just pure art? If you don’t get it …then it went waaaay over your head. Stick to Soulja Boy…this is not meant for you..but to me? It’s Brilliant!..Oh..my bad..the word Brilliant is probably not in your vocabulary either!

    • Toni

      @college dropout… I agree.. some people just reject what they don’t understand or can’t conceive…. unfortunately we have to the share the earth with these people…

      • Aman

        Supamum and Natasha:I agree with both of you. As I was surfing the blesrghooe, I left a harsh comment on someone’s blog because they were complaining about the looting. They couldn’t understand why people couldn’t wait for help…nicely. How conveninent of this person to forget that these people had been waiting for help for days without outside communication: no TV’s, cell phones or internet. Oh, and don’t let me forget to mention without WATER, FOOD, AND MEDICAL ATTENTION!! There was no leadership or law enforcement. This equals anarchy, the total deterioration of soceity. No one was telling them that help was coming…someday. I also explained that if I had been in the same situation, I would have looted to feed my 7 kids, without a second thought. (And I am a law abiding citizen.) There are people that will follow their political parties blindly and disregard the blatant evidence of their parties’ deliberate decisions that cause harm. I cannot and will not do so. We all have the same blood running through our veins. We all deserve respect, dignity and humane treatment, regardless of our: income, race, religion or political party. It seems that there are many people that cannot do this. They have become cultish in their political beliefs. I am: a human being, a woman, a Christian and a mother. These people describe themselves as their party first, forgetting that humans make the world go round not the donkeys and the elephants. I was unaware of the Aussie’s that were stranded. I hope that they are able to escape the disaster area and return home safely as soon as possible. Unfortuantely, it seems that they also have been caught in the middle of politics. Ticklebug:I am glad that I was able to help you see things in a different perspective…csc5502d:I visited your blog. I too was ostracized and alienated due to prejudice. But unlike you, it has given me empathy and compassion. You are being fueled by your anger and feelings of injustice and “victimhood”. You say that you are not racist, but you spewed alot of venom towards the black community. Before you throw some poison my way, suffice it to say, I am not black, but I have been treated with the same racism. I know how it feels to live and deal with White America. My children attend a school that consists of 94% caucasian. They have lived here since they were 4,3,2, and 8 mos. and the other two were born here. They are still called racial slurs on an everyday basis. They have learned that not everyone has the ability to see a human being, some see color or other ethnic traits. Still, they do not cause others the same pain. They do not continue to perpetuate the racial divide that is eminent in America. And for that I thank God.

  • Tommy

    Are Taylor fans racist!! this isn’t the first blog where I saw racist comments directed at Kanye,lol its like who cares if yu like him as a person I’m sure it doesn’t bother him since he isn’t aware of your existance at the end of the day he was wrong for the way he interrupted that young lady’s speech, but he wasn’t wrong in his opinion Taylor did not deserve that award it was in bad taste to give her a music award when she cannot sing on key to save her life and the video wasn;t reall that appealing at all. Secondly I’m glad that Knaye is exposing america fro what it is a racist country that does not accept thigns that are against the norm. Knaye you are the greatest rapper of our generation and will be the greatest of all time whenu are done.

  • jaypop

    First of all kanye did a great job directing the video himself. Thats a bold move to take in his career considering he never had formal expreience as a film maker. Next, I read comments saying this video sucked, kill kanye, I love kanye, he is the best, he will be a roll model to my children. If I was Kanye, after reading all these comments, I would lay back on my comfy sofa and just enjoy my success, because this movie done exactly what it was supposed to do. It drew deep down emotions from people. Everyone had so many negative thoughts when watching that minifilm especially towards kanye. But at the end of the film, your perception of Kanye did change. In a way, this film helped draw out negative criticisms and released them. That’s what I believe Kanye would have wished to accomplish through this piece. and it is a Masterpiece.

    • Erin

      A masterpiece? Really? You must have pretty low standards if this is your idea of great work. Wow.

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