Those tuning in to the 2015 MTV VMAs saw their fair share of action. From Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus to Nicki Minaj, the award show boasted a host of big ticket names and even a little drama (we’re looking at you, Miley and Nicki).
But no one expected things to get political. Yes, ladies and gentleman, Kanye West is allegedly running for president.
While accepting the award show’s highest honor, as presented by Taylor Swift, Kanye West gave a rambling and, at times, confusing 10-minute acceptance speech. His speech covered a plethora of topics, ranging from baseball bats to grocery shopping. At one point, Mr. West even admitted that he “rolled up a little something” prior to his speech.
As he wrapped up, he dropped the political bomb on the star-studded audience.
“And yes, as you probably could’ve guessed in this moment, I’ve decided in 2020 to run for president,” West said to the cheering crowd.
Now that West has dropped the presidential bomb, what can we expect from him in the coming years? Was this not-so-small tidbit a premeditated part of his speech, or was the announcement simply a response to the audience member who audibly yelled “Kanye for president” during his speech?
Either way, it’s not the first time that a celebrity has stepped into the running for presidency.
Donald Trump, the real estate tycoon and reality television host, is chugging away in the primaries as the Republican presidential candidate. Sans his extremely strong right-wing opinions, Trump has zero political experience; even so, his campaign is running smoothly in many red states.
Considering the viral fame that Kanye has repeatedly earned on social media sites, it seems his reputation alone could add validity to his potential 2020 running.
After all, in 2012, 30% of voters reported that social media sites played a role in encouraging them to vote for either President Obama or Mitt Romney.
Kanye West, the king of hip hop, Tumblr memes, and husband of Kim Kardashian, should have no problem garnering social media attention.