Trevor Noah Backs Kanye West Amid Public Backlash

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| LAST UPDATE 08/23/2022

By Zuzanna Krause
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Remember when Ye was kicked off Instagram earlier this year for the myriad of wild posts and comments he made on the platform? Well, one of those many comments was directed right toward the Daily Show host, Trevor Noah. But fast forward a few months, Noah is supporting Kanye West through all the public backlash he's experiencing. Here's why...

For those that need a refresher on the whole Ye Instagram debacle, let us quickly explain. The artist was first suspended for 24 hours after violating the platform's policies on all things harassment and bullying. Later, he was completely banned from the 'gram. His posts had been primarily directed toward Kim Kardashian's ex-beau, Pete Davidson. Still, the Donda singer also dropped racial slurs towards Trevor Noah, which is what evidently got him kicked off. Ye then re-appeared on the platform to mourn the fake death of Davidson after his split with Kim, writing, "SKETE DAVIDSON DEAD AT AGE 28." And well, the Internet went wild. The post was deleted shortly, but everyone and their mothers have a screenshot somewhere on their phones. No?

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Anyways, back to Trevor Noah. The talk show host opened up in a chat with Variety for its Awards Circuit podcast about why he spoke out on Ye's harassment of Kim and Pete. "I've just become more comfortable speaking my mind in situations where I feel like the mob forgets that we're dealing with human beings," he noted. True. The comedian pointed out that humans are a "paradox," and it's possible to "love people who we hate" and "hate people who we love" when an artist's creativity and behaviors are intertwined. Noah told the outlet he feels people are getting "very comfortable discarding human beings, immediately tossing them away and making them irredeemable characters." Cancel culture?

The Daily Show host made it clear to Variety that he never said to "cancel" Kanye but instead said "counsel" the artist, following the events from earlier this year. Noah added there were moments where he said, "'Man, Kanye, you, you're going off the rails here.'" And that despite everything, he can "still say that, 'I care for you as a human being, that's, that's why I'm speaking out.'" He concluded the conversation by saying he's "not going to not care for you [Ye]," but instead will speak his mind on the subject, hoping to help. Stay tuned while this saga continues.

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