Last Night Was Mad Real: Kanye on Kimmel
In case you missed Kanye West on Jimmy Kimmel last night, let me google that for you. Kanye brought several ounces of the truth last night, and all twitter jokes aside my favorite moment of realness came when he said:
“I’m gonna use my platform, every platform to stand up and say: I want to make something. I want to make the next Ralph Lauren.
People don’t stand up and protect their dreams.
People are too scared of getting spoofed. Thinking of a creative person at school, you think of them all the way in the back of class, sketching, or maybe getting beat up[…] This is the reason why I did this, because creatives have been beat up my entire life. And there’s moments where I stood up to drug dealers in Chicago and said, ‘You can’t have my publishing! Come and kill me.
Do whatever you’re gonna do. But you’re not gonna bully me. You’re not gonna stop me.
Because my mother made me believe in myself!’ No matter how many people tell me, ‘stop believing in yourself, stop saying what can you do, stop affirming what you’re going to do and then completing that in real life, that’s the improper way to do it.’
I refuse to follow those rules that society has set up, the way they control people with low self-esteem with improper information, with branding, with marketing. I refuse to follow those rules. It’s about truth, it’s about info, awesomeness.”
The real minorities in this world are not black guys, curvy women, or immigrants. The real minority is Howard Rourke, the Fearless Individual. The real minority are those who live and speak what they believe all of the time – regardless of a doubting and mocking majority.
Though the fearless may be outnumbered they ultimately have more strength.