Kanye West's Twitter Feud With Wiz Khalifa Wasn't All Funny — It Was Also Sexist
In less than 24 hours, Kanye West changed the title of his new album from SWISH to WAVES, added a new song to the tracklist, and got in a Twitter feud with Wiz Khalifa that ended with him calling out their mutual ex Amber Rose. That's a lot to take in, so don't be surprised if you're left dazed and confused, wondering how West's feud with Khalifa actually started. It all begins with that album title, WAVES, which Khalifa felt West commandeered from rapper Max B, who even Urban Dictionary has cited as the original "wavy one." But, what you really should be asking is, "What does Amber Rose have to do with all this?"
The truth is, absolutely nothing.
That fact is an important one, since Rose quickly became collateral damage in West's attack on Khalifa, who tweeted "Hit this kk and become yourself" hours after tweeting his distaste for West's new album title. See, West thought "kk" stood for "Kim Kardashian" when in actuality — and not so surprisingly, since this was a tweet from Khalifa — it was actually a reference to weed. Khalifa's own strain of weed, specifically, "Khalifa Kush." But the confusion led west to fly off the handle in a multi-tweet rant that not only included a reference to his song "Gold Digger" as an insult to Rose, but also some pretty slut-shaming language toward her. (Bustle has reached out for comment in response to West's tweets directed at Rose and Khalifa, but has not yet received a response.)
The tone got heated quick, with West going on the defensive for his wife at the expense of Rose, even after Khalifa explained himself. "You let a stripper trap you," West wrote in one tweet (which has since been deleted), before following it up with, "I know you mad every time you look at your child that this girl got you for 18 years. You wouldn’t have a child if it wasn’t for me. You own waves???? I own your child!!!!"
All of these tweets have since been taken down, with West explaining, "What’s sad is I love Wiz and I love all all my brothers and all people. I love the world bottom line and all I want is peace and positive energy." He followed this with a mea culpa: "I’m happy that I now know that KK means weed… please excuse the confusion … now back to #WAVES."
But before we go back to #WAVES, we need to talk about West for a second here, since he did pull out some pretty big guns in his multi-tweet attack to take down Khalifa for some messages that offered up some pretty mild opinions on his career — not his personal life.
Let's assume that Khalifa was actually talking about Kardashian with that "kk" reference. He wasn't, of course, but let's pretend that he was. West's choice to bring Rose and her son with Khalifa into the mix seems to negate this idea that he's defending his wife, Kardashian's, honor. Instead, West was sending a message with his tweet about how he "owns" Khalifa and Rose's child that women are possessions — and that somehow, after all these years since he and Rose broke up, she still belongs to him in some way. In the same breath, though, he has no problem calling her a stripper and publicly shaming her for it, along with her ex. Above all things, this feud once again proves 'Ye's got to move on.
Kanye apologizes to Khalifa and "his brothers," but he doesn't think to apologize to Rose, who's had her own share of problems with not only him, but the Kardashians and Jenners. It's probably why she went on the Twitter defensive shortly after West's last comments and stood up for herself (as she totally had the right to do). But, while some will get a laugh out of Rose's tweets about West's alleged sex preferences, these petty drop-the-mic tweets aren't good for anyone. This doesn't restore Rose's honor, and it doesn't negate the fact that West went after an innocent woman.
As the father of a young girl, Kanye should think twice before he hurls insults that make fun of anyone's sexual history. Especially, since his own wife's past has often unfairly been used to discredit her. One's sexual past should not define them or be up for debate. Also, as the father of a young boy, his Twitter rant sends a misogynistic message about a woman's worth. (Also, there's the fact that Twitter feuds like this don't necessarily make for great parental examples._
If all West really wants is peace and positive energy, then now is as good a time as any for him to start practicing what he tweets.
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