Kirsters Baish| During an interview with TMZ’s Harvey Levin on Tuesday, Rap icon Kanye West described former President Barack Obama as the “opioids” of the black community. During the interview, West stated, “Obama was our opioids. It made us feel like everything was good.”
He has a point. Obama was a bandaid for the black community. Much like the high one gets when taking opioids, the black community felt great thinking that someone was representing them. It was a feeling that they had never experienced before. West explained that African Americans held Obama in such a high regard that he actually began to alienate himself from the lower class.
Later in the interview, West stated that he sees a perception of Obama that the mainstream media and Hollywood elitists created. This perception made African American men all feel like they had to be this perfect version of themselves in order to be successful.
“This perfect idea of a superhero with Obama, or Michael Jordan — I want to show people that it is ok to screw up, and you still can make it through things,” he stated.
Kanye explained that he had been receiving constant text messages and emails from friends, berating him for supporting Trump, yelling at him about all of the things that Trump has done. He reminded these Trump haters that Obama had done a lot of the same things.
“Black people have a tendency to focus and march when a white person kills a black person or wears a hat, but when it’s 700 kids being killed in Chicago it’s O.K. … There’s been more focus and more marches about whites killing blacks than kids in Chicago killing each other,” he reminded.
West confessed that he had developed an addiction to opioids after getting liposuction plastic surgery when he was prescribed painkillers as part of his recovery.
Fox News reports:
West’s revelation is perhaps even more shocking since his mother, Donda West, died after undergoing various plastic surgery procedures including liposuction.
West, 40, says he got the surgery to look good so that the gossip site wouldn’t make fun of him. He says he was prescribed pills for recovery, which he then developed an addiction to. The star said that two days before he was hospitalized for a mental breakdown, he was taking two pills per day. He claims that after his hospital stint, the amount of pills he was consuming jumped to seven pills per day.
Take a look at the controversial clip containing part of the interview below: