I don’t know Kanye West personally, so I’m answering this in my capacity as a behavioral analyst.
Kanye West is an entertainer – an extremely successful one.
The genre of music he writes and performs is Rap/Hip-Hop, and the lyrics for that genre are misandrist/misogynistic.
When Beyoncé sings a misandrist Girl Power anthem, she is labeled a Feminist icon, when Kanye sings something he gets labeled a misogynist.
He himself addresses this:
“I definitely think generally rap is misogynistic,” he said, after a pause. “Not that that “s justifying the culture.
There was a time when we had Afrocentric rap, and everybody was more like how Common is – “my queen ” and all that. So let “s take that to the idea of a black male in America, not getting a job, or getting fucked with at his job, or getting fucked with by the cops or being looked down upon by this lady at Starbucks. And he goes home to his girl … and this guy is like … you just scream at the person that “s the closest to you.”
Taken from that perspective, his lyrics can be understood as a man venting his emotions to be understood – something women do.
The core of Kanye’s lyrical (and apparently personal) frustration is:
Why is it acceptable for women to express their feelings and not for men?
Mr. West has also shown that he is not a misogynist in public. He constantly dotes over his wife, he famously interrupted Taylor Swift’s award acceptance (not because Ms. swift was a woman, just because she wasn’t who he felt should have won), and there are any number of other examples where Mr. West has shown that he is a self-aware, emotional human who happens to have strong opinions about particular people.
As far as his “Twitter outbursts”, knowing that Mr. West and his wife are masters of promotion (especially on social media – how many times was their wedding picture retweeted on Instagram?) I would caution people against believing that “the Real Kanye” is their author.
Piers Morgan is more of an enigma. I am only familiar with his online persona, which is basically someone whose salary is tied to television ratings.
I first became aware of him as a judge on a television talent show, where he filled the “mean, opinionated but ultimately fair” judge role. Ratings were high.
Now he’s on a cable news channel and I presume he says similar things to guests to ensure his show stays on the air.
Like Mr. West, Mr. Morgan is an entertainer. He is performing for a specific subset of the overall culture. This group is one most likely to react to certain buzzwords, and will tune in to his show to find out what he has to say about the subject.
As for his actual feelings on Mr. West, they probably wouldn’t be interesting enough for click bait.
Another thing to keep in mind – people can have strong, dissenting opinions that are not actually “something”ist.
Generalities and stereotypes are only useful for quick categorization on a macro level – when you get to the actual micro level (i.e., a single human), you need to actually take the time to analyze their behavior without using such broad strokes (like “misogynist”).
Originally Posted: https://www.quora.com/Is-Piers-Morgan-right-to-call-Kanye-West-an-“offensive-misogynist-brat”
Originally Posted On: 2016-02-20