Culture

Trevor Noah Says Kanye West Shouldn’t Be Cancelled

Trevor Noah has denied asking The Recording Academy to ban Kanye West from performing at the upcoming 64th Annual Grammy Awards.

Kanye West has been suspended from performing at the upcoming Grammy Awards after using racial slurs directed towards Trevor Noah on Instagram. However, Noah issued a tweet on Sunday responding to news of the Grammy ban, stating that he “said counsel Kanye not cancel Kanye.”

A representative for Ye has alleged that being barred from performing at the ceremony comes from his “concerning online behavior”, considering that the rapper-producer aimed at Noah last week on Instagram, replacing the lyrics to spiritual “Kumbaya” with a racial slur as a caption. Following the post, the 44-year-old was suspended from the platform for 24 hours, flagged for hate speech, harassment and bullying.

The post came after Noah addressed Ye’s marriage to Kim Kardashian during a segment The Daily Show last Tuesday.

“You may not feel sorry for Kim because she’s rich and famous,” Noah said. “But what she’s going through is terrifying to watch and shines a spotlight on what so many women go through when they choose to leave.”
Noah also related Ye’s situation with Kardashian to witnessing his mother, Patricia, being abused when he was a child.
“As a society, we have to ask ourselves questions. Do we wish to stand by and watch a car crash when we thought we saw it coming?” Noah asked on The Daily Show.
Following Ye’s post, Noah wrote a lengthy comment with concern about the DONDA 2 rapper’s behavior, according to TheWrap.
“You’re an indelible part of my life Ye. Which is why it breaks my heart to see you like this,” Noah continued. “I don’t care if you support Trump and I don’t care if you roast Pete. I do however care when I see you on a path that’s dangerously close to peril and pain.”
Trevor Noah will host the 64th Annual Grammy Awards, which airs Sunday, April 3rd a 8 PM ET/5 PM PT.
Jaelani Turner-Williams

Jaelani Turner-Williams is a contributing news writer for Okayplayer with bylines at Billboard, MTV News, NYLON, Recording Academy and more. Read her mind on Twitter at @hernameisjae.

Share
Published by
Jaelani Turner-Williams

Recent Posts

Mother of Shanquella Robinson Slams FBI For Delayed Charges

Salamondra Robinson, mother of the late Shanquella Robinson spoke to The Independent about the FBI's… Read More

December 2, 2022

6 New Hip-Hop & R&B Albums You Should Be Listening To (Week of December 2)

Babyface Ray, Yungeen Ace, and RINI share projects on this New Music Friday. Curren$y also… Read More

December 2, 2022

‘Moonlight,’ ‘Get Out’ & More Ranked in ‘Sight & Sound”s 100 Greatest Films of All-Time

In a new poll including 1,639 critics, Sight & Sound has ranked the 100 greatest films of… Read More

December 2, 2022

Famous Psychic Miss Cleo is Getting a Documentary; Watch the First Trailer Here

HBO Max reintroduces pay-per-call psychic reader Miss Cleo in a new documentary about her life,… Read More

December 2, 2022

First Look Friday: Atlanta Rapper Tony Shhnow Wants to Take You on a Trip

For the last First Look Friday of 2022, we talk to Tony Shhnow about relating… Read More

December 2, 2022

A Posthumous Appearance From Takeoff Appears on the New Metro Boomin Album

Late Migos and Unc & Phew member Takeoff is featured on "Feel the Fiyaaaah" with… Read More

December 2, 2022