Last Saturday Kanye West’s progressive fans were shocked and appalled when he proceeded to praise Trump and attack Beyonce during a large concert. The audience was absolutely dismayed that one of their idols had sold out to the Trump administration and failed to endorse Hillary, as Jay Z, Beyonce, Lady Gaga and many other pop stars did. Shortly after, Kanye was hospitalized due to a possible mental breakdown, which could explain his perplexing endorsement of a known racist and misogynist.
After this shock endorsement, fans are leaving Kanye in droves, and the accredited media has thrown him under the bus. Multiple respected media outlets from CNN to the New York Times have delivered hard hitting pieces criticizing him for his endorsement, and MTV has officially denounced him. With these devastating blows to his credibility, it seems unlikely that Kanye’s career will survive, despite his former fame.
This just goes to show what saying kind words about Trump can do to your career as a celebrity. In a matter of minutes, Kanye went from being one of the most adored celebrities in history to universally despised. Jay Z, Beyonce and Lady Gaga however have seen no hit to their popularity after actively campaigning for Hillary. Endorsing a Republican really is a death sentence as a public figure. Let this be a lesson to any other celebrity who is thinking of coming out as a Trump supporter – it’s simply not worth it.