While accepting his Video Vanguard Award at the VMAs on Sunday, Kanye West gave a very long, extremely Kanye speech/TED talk about artists, millennials, and some other stuff, and made this announcement: “I have decided, in 2020, to run for president.” Are you so shocked? It’s not like he’s the first college dropout to seek the highest office in the land.
Elsewhere in the speech, Kanye sort of apologized for his pattern of interrupting people at awards shows and admitted that he still thinks about the first time he met Taylor Swift at the 2009 VMAs. “I think if I had to do it all again, what would I have done?” he said, noting that he sometimes thinks about it while shopping for groceries. “Would I have worn a leather shirt? Would I have drank half a bottle of Hennessy and gave the rest of it to the audience?” For those of you wondering if Kanye’s lengthy speech tonight was at all drug-induced, he confirmed that it was. “I rolled up a little something,” he said. “I knocked the edge off.”
Despite accepting his trophy from Taylor Swift (who now describes him as a “friend”), Kanye admitted that he still does not understand awards shows and feels passionately about protecting the rights and opinions of artists. “I will die for the art; for what I believe in,” he said. “And the art ain’t always gonna be polite.”