If you thought Kanye West's pledge to run for President was just a stunt, think again...
Kanye West made headlines at the MTV VMAs in August when he used his acceptance speech to announce he planned to run for President of the United States in 2020. Cue eye rolls, Twitter quips and general disbelief all-round.
As our blog writer pointed out at the time, the thing about Kanye is, you never know if his escapades are one big life’s mission to inflate his already gargantuan ego, or if he’s just having a laugh with us all – but it turns out he was actually being serious. Uh-oh!
Asked by Vanity Fair magazine if he meant what he’d said, the rapper replied: ‘Oh, definitely,” adding that the public response to his declaration had been largely positive.
‘As soon as I said that, it was like, ‘Wait a second, we would really be into that, because actually if you think about it, he’s extremely thoughtful. Every time he’s ever gotten in trouble, he was really jumping in front of a bullet for someone else. He’s probably the most honest celebrity that we have.’’
‘I didn’t approach that because I thought it would be fun. It wasn’t like, Oh, let’s go rent some jet skis in Hawaii. No, the exact opposite. I sit in clubs and I’m like, Wow, I’ve got five years before I go and run for office and I’ve got a lot of research to do, I’ve got a lot of growing up to do.’
You said it, Kanye.
So what important issues are playing on the rapper-turned-fashion-designer’s mind right now? Terrorism? Climate change? Achieving peace in the Middle East?
Erm, no. He’s actually got sweatshirts on the brain. Yes, SWEATSHIRTS.
‘I think sweatshirts are the way of the future,’ he told the magazine. ‘And we worked so hard on our development of our actual sweatshirts … Sweatshirts are f***ing important.
‘That might sound like the funniest quote ever. How can you say all this stuff about running for president in 2020 and then say sweatshirts are important? But they are. Just mark my words. Mark my words like Mark Twain.’