Wednesday, October 24, 2018

The bromantic adventures of Kanye, Lydon and Trump

Posted By on Wed, Oct 24, 2018 at 1:00 AM

click to enlarge Kanye continues to mystify. - OVIDIU HRUBARU / SHUTTERSTOCK.COM
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I’m sure that, in some parallel universe, Kanye means well.

In that world, he doesn’t bum-rush the stage to tell a 19-year-old musician that she doesn’t deserve the award she’s accepting, or tell his Twitter followers that it’s time to abolish the 13th Amendment. For all we know, their Kanye may even be coherent.

No such luck here in Bizarro World, where the rapper otherwise known as Yeezy, Evel Kanyevel and Swag King Cole delivered an Oct. 11 Oval Office soliloquy that must be seen — all 10 minutes of it — to be believed.

“There’s infinite amounts of universe, and there’s alternate universes,” declared Kanye early on, before moving on to the subject of his MAGA hat. “There was something about when I put this hat on that made me feel like Superman,” he told an uncharacteristically quiet Trump. “You made us Superman. That’s my favorite superhero. You made a Superman cape for me.”

The hip-hop impresario was clearly on a roll, slamming his fists on Trump’s desk, leaping up to show Donald and Jared his GIF of a hydrogen-powered airplane, and generally exhibiting the “dragon energy” that he famously said he shares with the president.

Through it all, Trump stared across his desk, trying to look thoughtful, or possibly keep a straight face, and appearing generally confused about how to respond.

“I’ll tell you what, that was pretty impressive,” Trump said after the monologue came to a close. “What do you do after that?”

Well, if you’re former Sex Pistols and Public Image Ltd leader John Lydon, you don a crimson “Make America Great Again” T-shirt and lean out of a hotel window, scowling at the paparazzi. Engaging in his own bit of political theater last week, the crooner once known as Johnny Rotten looked to be twice as heavy as he was back in his punk-rock years, as though he’d lingered too long on the set of his Country Life Butter commercials.

Ultimately, Lydon’s role, like Kanye’s, is to play the contrarian. He’s condemned Trump and his Republican cohorts as “a crazy loony monster party,” while at other times sounding a note of empathy.

“In many ways,” Lydon said in a recent interview, “his disruptiveness has been creative.”

Or, perhaps, destructive. It all depends on what universe you happen to be in.

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