This is what we’re up against.
You know Kanye West, the rapper. (Don’t tell your kids if you don’t because he’s huge. Like HUGE. And amazing – as a rapper, that is. He’s also the one who blurted out that surprising and awesome statement in the middle of a Hurrican Katrina pledge drive that, “George Bush doesn't care about black people.”)
So Kanye West, no stranger to controversy, recently announced that he doesn't like books. This, despite the fact that his late mother was an English professor, and despite the fact THAT HE JUST PUBLISHED A BOOK, hello!
Anyway, in the vein of you-need-to-know-what-you’re-up-against, I thought it would be helpful to let parents know what Kanye says about books (snide comments in brackets are mine):
“I am not a fan of books. I would never want a book’s autograph.” (Hmmm.)
“I am a proud non-reader of books.” (Oxymoron.)
“I like to get information from doing stuff like actually talking to people and living real life.” (You can’t do both?)
"Sometimes people write novels and they just be so wordy and so self-absorbed..." (Isn't your book about your thoughts and sayings? Well, let's hope it's not wordy.)
How to counter Kanye
*If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. Buy your kid his book. It’s actually pretty interesting. Some of the pages are blank, and the rest of them are mostly sayings. Maybe your child will like the book, which is good, or maybe he'll think "well, this is dumb," which also has some merit given the context.
*Point out that Kanye WROTE A BOOK. How can you not like books and then WRITE A BOOK???
*Tell your kids that Kanye also said that his mom, “raised me to be the voice to allow people to think for themselves, to find their own way.” Which means that you don’t have to listen to people who diss reading.
*Point out, once again, that KANYE WROTE A BOOK. He wrote a book! He wrooooote a book.
Here’s Kanye's statement about George Bush. Watch Mike Myers’s face. It is priceless. :40 seconds.
Here's a Reuters article on Kanye dissing reading (and yet, as previously mentioned, publishing a book.)
And here's Kanye West's video for Heartless. I have to admit, I'm a fan. Of his music. And his George Bush statement.