Kanye West has been shocking and horrifying everyone with his support of Donald Trump, his extremely messed up statements about slavery and racism in general, and his absolutely wild tweets. No one is exactly sure what's happening over in Calabasas, but it's seemingly not good.
Twitter user and @Snowcone96 has a theory. If you get through the whole thing, you'll either be completely on board or horrified by the lengths fans are going to in order to excuse Kanye's behavior.
He starts by introducing us to artist Tremaine Emory who @Snowcone96 seems to believe is one of the few people in on an elaborate performance art piece by West:
Then @Snowcone96 shares tweets form Kanye about certain specific artists, suggesting they're alluding to the current "project" that Kanye is doing.
5. So let’s start with the first two images involving David Hammons. After Kanye tweeted these images, Tremaine quote tweeted them with this emoji: ♠️. I believe this is referring to Hammons work which aimed to “turn racist cliches (spade) on its head.” pic.twitter.com/HF0Qaqjcxd— Snowcone (@Snowcone965) May 2, 2018
6. As for the other two images of Joseph Beuys- the image Kanye tweeted was from an art installation Beuys did in 1974 called I Like America and America Likes Me, where he locked himself into a room with a coyote for 3 days.— Snowcone (@Snowcone965) May 2, 2018
Especially this piece by Joseph Beuys, where he locked himself in a room with a coyote (someone please call animal protection service on the past). But in Kanye's piece (that @Snowcone96 is imagining) the coyote is racism?
8. I believe Kanye is doing a modern take on Beuys piece with the coyote. He’s embraced what might be considered the coyote of today. Gotten close to it. Trump, Candace Owens, Alt Right. Maybe he sees this as a better chance to “tame” the coyote than more traditional methods.— Snowcone (@Snowcone965) May 2, 2018
10. To me, there are two clues that are most important. The first one is this tweet from Kanye. This picture, posted six days after the others, again shows Beuys, Hammons, and now introduces what appears to be a drawing of Andy Kaufman. pic.twitter.com/Yr26mtdnOe— Snowcone (@Snowcone965) May 2, 2018
Kanye has also referenced Andy Kaufman, who is known as a subversive comedian whose work often went to such uncomfortable places he'd be booed off stage. Kaufman was really more of a performance artist than a comedian. Lord knows, a lot of what Kanye has been doing is extremely uncomfortable, but there's no proof any of it is a performance. Unless you believe @Snowcone96:
11. Anyone that’s even a little familiar with Andy Kaufman knows that he was a performance artist who would put himself in uncomfortable situations in wide view of the public eye, and rarely, if ever, break character. Check out Man on The Moon or Jim and Andy on Netflix.— Snowcone (@Snowcone965) May 2, 2018
12. So why is this important? 1, it shows that Beuys and Hammons are still on Kanye’s mind. 2, Kanye refers to it as his mood board. 3. Maybe most importantly, he had to purposefully add Andy Kaufman into the picture, but in a somewhat subtle way.— Snowcone (@Snowcone965) May 2, 2018
13. Maybe having a picture or a book on Andy would be too obvious. A rough drawing with only his first name is obviously more subtle. So in this picture you have a performance artist who tamed a wild creature by showing it love and compassion,— Snowcone (@Snowcone965) May 2, 2018
14. an artist who took a racist symbol (♠️) and flipped it to give it new meaning, and a performance artist who wrestled women, and generally acted insane in the public eye, and rarely broke character.— Snowcone (@Snowcone965) May 2, 2018
16. Maybe I’m reaching here, but I think ♠️ represents the MAGA hat, a symbol of perceived racism. 🤹🏾♂️ could represent Kanye pulling a trick, or maybe juggling a lot of things. 🤠 represents taming the coyote, and 🤼♂️ represents Kaufman.— Snowcone (@Snowcone965) May 2, 2018
There are also references in Kanye's tweets to "the prestige," which is also the name of a film. In the film, the prestige is pulling off a magic trick so incredible no one can figure out how you do it. Both Kanye and Emory have been making references to the movie, it seems, and Emory has also mentioned Kaufman.
18. Another quick note on “The Prestige”- this is something Tremaine has tweeted a few times. He tweeted it 45 minutes after the infamous picture of Kanye in the MAGA hat.— Snowcone (@Snowcone965) May 2, 2018
19. In the movie (idk if it’s true or not) the prestige is the reveal to the illusion. You take an ordinary thing (Kanye’s usual stance) make it something extraordinary (supporting trump) and then the prestige turns it back into something ordinary. Is the album his prestige?— Snowcone (@Snowcone965) May 2, 2018
It's all ART. ART!! But @Snowcone96 has no idea why or what the ultimate purpose is, nor does he seem to have a clue as to why Kanye would be sowing so much hurt and discord to promote some art idea.
21. So my theory is this: Kanye (most likely with help from Tremaine and/or others) is in the middle of a performance art piece. What is the overall goal of it? Idk. Maybe holding a mirror up to the world and forcing us to talk about some things. Maybe the album will explain.— Snowcone (@Snowcone965) May 2, 2018
22. Or I could be completely wrong and looking way too much into this. But I don’t think I am. Is it such a stretch to think one of the greatest artists of our time (imo) who has had a hand in music, shoes, real estate, fashion, etc, would try his hand in performance art?— Snowcone (@Snowcone965) May 2, 2018
Also, his ideas are ripped off from Reddit:
24. One more thing- this isn’t something we’ve never seen before. A lot of people thought Joaquin Phoenix had lost his mind when he quit acting and started rapping. Remember that Letterman interview? Turns out it was all performance art for I’m Still Here. pic.twitter.com/ZG7as1pw1K— Snowcone (@Snowcone965) May 2, 2018
That's okay. Kanye's new album would have to be absolutely transcendent to cut through this mess, and in my opinion, Kaufman is overrated.