They’re still bros… or so we thought! Ever since Kanye West went on his Twitter tirade expressing his love for President Donald Trump, he’s not only lost a lot of followers, but he’s also received backlash from fans and friends — including John Legend, who is a very vocal liberal. Last week, Kanye and John clashed over their differing political views on social media, and it appears that their arguement isn’t over just yet.
Kanye shared more of John’s tweets on April 30, part of which read, “Abraham Lincoln was indeed a Republican. They love bringing that up to deflect from the fact that now Republicans have become the party of the Confederacy,” John wrote. “They defend the confederate flag and and oppose civil rights advances almost uniformly.” Read the tweets below for all the details.
Unfortuantely, it looked like the duo had made amends over the weekend. Kanye took to Instagram on Saturday, April 28 to share a selfie with John to prove that they’re still friends.
“1…2…3…selfie,” the 40-year-old wrote in the caption of the photo, adding a raised hands emoji. The photo was taken during a baby shower in honor of the upcoming arrival of baby No. 2 for John and his wife, model Chrissy Teigen.
All of the political drama initially started when Kanye shared a screenshot of a text message exchange between him and the “All of Me” singer on Twitter. “Hey it’s JL. I hope you’ll reconsider aligning yourself with Trump. You’re way too powerful and influential to endorse who he is and what he stands for,” John wrote to Kanye. “As you know, what you say really means something to your fans. They are loyal to you and respect your opinion. So many people who love you feel so betrayed right now because they know the harm that Trump’s policies cause, especially to people of color. Don’t let this be part of your legacy. You’re the greatest artist of our generation.”
And Kanye being Kanye, he spit back, “I love you, John, and I appreciate your thoughts. You bringing up my fans or my legacy is a tactic based on fear used to manipulate my free thought.”
Ye admitted that he shared the texts for one reason — to show that even though people around him might disagree, he’s still going to stand his ground. He went on to tell his fans they shouldn’t let peer pressure manipulate them into thinking a certain way. And while Kanye has a point — on some level — John continued on.
I tweeted the John text to show that there are people around me that disagree with me and voice their opinion. I respect everyone’s opinion but I stand my ground.
— ye (@kanyewest) April 26, 2018
“Think freely. Think with empathy and context too,” John explained. “Your words and actions have consequences. Much love.” Oh yeah, and since Kanye was sharing their conversation, John jokingly mentioned, “Let me add that I have a new single out, haha.”
Bottom line, John may not not have been able to stop Kanye from changing his political views, but he did get some free promo for his new single, “A Good Night,” featuring Bloodpop. (And yes, it’s a jam.)
Fortunately for fans, though, the back and forth banter between John and Kanye didn’t just stop with John and Kanye — their wives, Chrissy and Kim Kardashian, respectively, also got involved. Chrissy tweeted at Kim, “Are we still doing dinner Friday night or no? Lol.” Kim responded, “Yes, but maybe no phones.”
Kanye started his Twitter spree on April 25 when he preached about free thinking and being able to express his own opinion. And while he may have publicly and very openly supported President Trump, he made sure to mention he doesn’t agree with everything he does because he doesn’t agree with everything anyone does — only himself. And, to be honest, this is the most Kanye thing Kanye has said in a long time.
my wife just called me and she wanted me to make this clear to everyone. I don’t agree with everything Trump does. I don’t agree 100% with anyone but myself.
— ye (@kanyewest) April 25, 2018
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