The seventh sign of the apocalypse has arrived. It is not Hurricane Michael, nor is it reports that a rising tide due to global warming will wash us away sooner than expected. And it isn't the black-is-white absurdity of #HimToo.
It's a triangulation of illogical events that would give the "Twilight Zone's" Rod Serling reason to pause: an urban rapper shilling for David Duke's party of choice while a country-rooted pop star advises Middle America to vote blue. Meanwhile, the POTUS is busily talking about the two as our divided nation threatens to split apart over whatever he says next.
Longtime rivals Kanye West and Taylor Swift, forever connected by West's attention-seeking interruption of Swift's 2009 MTV Video Music Awards acceptance speech, not to mention his crude references to her in song, again shared headlines this week.
But this is not your standard "Entertainment Tonight" fare. Or maybe it is.
In 2018, the line between pop culture and politics is increasingly blurred -- and just as divisive. Our views and our votes are expressed to all well before we enter the private ballot box via the shows we watch, the celebs we follow and the artists we listen to on and off record.
This was clear as the West-Swift drama moved onto the wide stage of politics thanks to an unprecedented presidency where TMZ fodder, hashtag hysteria and beltway machinations all share the same lane.
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President Donald Trump and his closest adviser, Jared Kushner, are scheduled to meet with Yeezy (a.k.a. Yeezus, a.k.a. Black Skinhead, a.k.a. Mr. Kardashian) Thursday at the White House to discuss ... does it even matter?
The meeting was announced this week when the embattled West quit Twitter -- for the second time -- following his pro-Trump tirade on the "Saturday Night Live" stage. Continuing his public meltdown that started more than two years ago, a rambling West addressed the studio audience after the broadcast wearing a "Make America Great Again" cap.
"It's so many times that I talk to a white person about this, and they say, 'How could you support Trump? He's racist,'" said West in footage from that evening that was posted to social media. "Well, if I was concerned about racism, I would have moved out of America a long time ago." He also alleged that "SNL" producers tried to bully him into taking the hat off during the show.
Trump tweeted that West was "great" and "leading the charge" and that "SNL" was "no longer funny."