Is Kanye Forgiven for “Slavery is a choice” and His Trump Endorsements, White House Meetings, Failed Presidential Run?

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And so here is “Donda,” a PR spectacle for the summer of 2021.

It’s a hit, and it’s pretty good, the tracks are excellent, highly listenable and accessible.

But now: how short are memories?

It was only a year ago that Kanye West was running for president, supporting Donald Trump, meeting him in the Oval Office.

It was May 2018 when Kanye announced that “slavery is a choice.”

Everyone was outraged as Kanye melted down, carried on, ranted on Twitter like a loony toon.

Is all forgiven? Do we forgive and forget and just move on? “Donda” will be a referendum on short term memory loss.

Stay tuned…


Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the writer and co-producer of “Only the Strong Survive,” a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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