Hear his inspiring words.
On the premiere of Caitlyn Jenner’s new TV show, I Am Cait, Kanye West steps up in a big way.
Kanye West often makes headlines for his controversial, outspoken perspective of the world and society. Never one to hold back, people have been debating for almost a decade now as to whether he does or doesn’t have a point with the issues he often addresses.
The public reaction to Caitlyn Jenner coming out as transgender has been largely positive and Kanye West will, by default, continue the positive publicity once people see his acceptance of her and open admiration for her bravery.
Check out the meeting below:
Jenner notes that while she and West have never previously been close, Kanye was a key factor in helping Jenner’s stepdaughter Kim Kardashian understand what Caitlyn was going through and experiencing.
Jenner told Diane Sawyer back in April:
According to Jenner, West told his wife: “Look, I can be married to the most beautiful woman in the world, and I am. I can have the most beautiful little daughter in the world, and I have that. But I’m nothing if I can’t be me; if I can’t be true to myself, they don’t mean anything.”
West echoed that same sentiment in the above clip, telling Jenner:
“I think this is one of the strongest things that has happened in our existence as human beings, who are so controlled by perception. You couldn’t have been up against more. Your daughter’s a supermodel, you’re a celebrity, every type of thing and you were still like “F**k everybody, this is who I am”.
Regardless of your opinion of West, this is a pretty significant statement for him to make. As one of the most powerful and influential figures in the entertainment industry, the things celebrities of Kanye’s level say do help to normalize issues such as gender identity awareness and equal rights. Hip-hop is unfortunately still infamous for harbouring strongly bigoted views (Eminem, anyone?) and Kanye taking a stand by supporting a family member publicly and without hesitation can only be a step toward genuine progress.