I could not give a single shit.
Anyone who would read that comment and draw the conclusion - based on that comment and not his immense strength as both a lyricist and orator - that Kanye West is somehow “stupid” or not worthy of respect isn’t really worth thinking about.
Books are great, but they are also just one way to absorb and pass along knowledge. What about oral histories? What about songs? What about poetry? What about visual art? What about cinema and television? Journalism? Photojournalism? Jokes? Proverbs? Turns of phrase? Folk art? Craft?
Additionally, the whole criticism of “people who don’t read/own books” is, like grammar policing, pretty fraught because of classism, ableism, Eurocentric/imperialist ideas about intelligence, and so on.
I am lucky if I get the time to fully read five or so books a year. Has your respect for me gone down the toilet?
clambistro sums it up nicely.
Once again feuds have sprung up on my Facebook feed where friends of friends openly hate on Kanye West because of that comment about his not reading books. And it’s a particular kind of hate: the ivory-tower-sumbitch hate.
"Kanye West hurt my feeling about books. So I hate Kanye West. Isn’t that something? Isn’t that a bold statement to make? I really took him down a peg. I mean, I don’t really get to read for pleasure anymore. But the line has to be drawn somewhere so I can suppress my deep-seated fear that I’m of limited intelligence. So I’ll draw it at the black man saying things I disagree with, because who could possibly take him seriously. I don’t. (cf. above, re: bold statements.)"
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