Kanye West has fully embraced his identity as a Donald Trump supporter, it seems, and keeps drawing the ire and attention of social media users with his “new ideas.”
Kanye appeared on “TMZ” for an interview in which he made some incendiary comments about slavery. “When you hear about slavery for 400 years … For 400 years? That sounds like a choice,” Kanye said. “You were there for 400 years and it’s all of y’all. It’s like we’re mentally imprisoned.”
Social media users immediately (and hilariously) latched onto the comments, and Kanye took to Twitter as well, to double-down on the comments.
“The reason why I brought up the 400 years point is because we can’t be mentally imprisoned for another 400 years,” Kanye wrote in a tweet. “We need free thought now. Even the statement was an example of free thought It (sic) was just an idea.”
“Once again I am being attacked for presenting new ideas,” Kanye wrote in another tweet. Of course, many Twitter users pointed out that the idea of slavery being a choice wasn’t really a new idea, but one long held by white supremacists to, uh, justify slavery.
Even better, though, were the memes that Kanye’s quote spawned. Twitter users immediately began imagining who else might say something like, “Once again I am being attacked for presenting new ideas.” Pretty much the first person everyone landed on? Thanos (Josh Brolin), the big purple supervillain from the freshly released “Avengers: Infinity War.”
Thanos’ big idea, it should be noted, was killing half the population of the universe because then the other half wouldn’t have to suffer because of competition for limited resources.
Here are a few of the other hilarious uses of the phrase, used by some of movies’ greatest villains, and to justify some pretty controversial choices (such as a choice of pizza toppings that divides the nation).
— Eleven-ThirtyEight (@eleventhirtyate) May 2, 2018
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” villain Kylo Ren definitely falls into the “angry about being attacked for new ideas” camp.
Thanos, of course, can’t go anywhere without being ambushed by a group of superfolk. So much for the tolerant universe.
Psycho Frank Booth (Dennis Hopper) of “Blue Velvet” was always just trying to be heard.
Sid of “Toy Story” just wanted to see what would happen if you melted toys to make some new and exciting horrifying hybrids.
— Gus Ramírez (@SegunGus) May 2, 2018
Walter Sobchak (John Goodman) of “The Big Lebowski” watched his buddies die face-down in the muck in ‘Nam to defend Kanye’s right to share his new ideas.
once again I am being attacked for presenting new ideas pic.twitter.com/ZprYapjmEw
— Max Kashevsky (@MaxKashevsky) May 2, 2018
Hey, maybe we should hear out Davros of “Dr. Who” on his plan to let killer robotic Daleks conquer the universe.
Hawaiian pizza does not deserve this shabby treatment.
Look, Randall Flagg (Jamey Sheridan) might be extremely evil in “The Stand” but they’re just ideas, man.
"Once again I am being attacked for presenting new ideas" pic.twitter.com/yiB0rdXZI0
— Mystery VFX Super (@MysteryVFXSuper) May 2, 2018
Saruman (Christopher Lee) just wanted his Uruk-Hai in “The Lord of the Rings” to taste man-flesh and bring him the halflings, but would anyone engage in a reasonable debate with him? Of course not.
"once again I am being attacked for presenting new ideas" pic.twitter.com/Ago0b6eVUC
— TheRealMattC (@TheRealMattC) May 2, 2018
David (Michael Fassbender) had a great set of “new ideas” in “Alien: Covenant” — create the galaxy’s greatest killing machine by using humans as unwilling hosts for its parasitic gestation cycle.
Once again I am being attacked for presenting new ideas pic.twitter.com/7eOwaLmUNV
— Raul Torres (@uz88) May 2, 2018
Dr. Heiter (Dieter Laser) just wanted to try making a new kind of human in “Human Centipede.” Jeez.
Mugatu (Will Ferrell) was famously attacked by Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller) merely for wanting to increase the literacy rate among ants in “Zoolander.”
The Chatterer cenobite of “Hellraiser” only wants to explain some of the ideas that have taken off in Hell.
Julius Caesar, after all, was just asking questions.