(CNN)After years of bad behavior, Kanye West is finally seeing some consequences.
The rapper was suspended from Instagram for 24 hours after hurling a racial slur at “The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah, who had devoted a segment of his show to calling out West’s behavior toward his former wife, Kim Kardashian. West’s performance at the Grammy Awards, which Noah is hosting, was also canceled — although not at Noah’s request. Three sources close to West confirmed to CNN that he was pulled from performing at the Grammys due to “concerning online behavior.”
West has spent the past several months using his social media platforms to target his ex-wife, Kardashian, and her new boyfriend, “SNL” star Pete Davidson. West has posted complaints about Kardashian’s parenting, saying it’s on him to protect his family and suggesting that perhaps his ex is a bad parent. He released a music video depicting a Davidson lookalike being kidnapped and buried in the ground. Both Kardashian and Davidson have reportedly asked West to stop.
By West’s own account, Kardashian is scared. West posted a series of text messages purported to be from Kardashian asking him to please stop his social media attacks on her and her new partner: “U are creating a dangerous and scary environment and someone will hurt Pete and this will all be your fault,” the message said. Along with the text screenshots, West posted, “UPON MY WIFE’S REQUEST PLEASE NOBODY DO ANYTHING PHYSICAL TO SKETE IM GOING TO HANDLE THE SITUATION MYSELF.” He included an image of one man choking another.
That wasn’t enough to get West suspended from social media. Apparently, going after Trevor Noah was.
The lesson being sent to powerful men is clear: Intimidate your ex and much of the public will laugh, especially if she’s the kind of woman the public thinks kind of deserves it. It’s also safe to assume that women who raise concerns about what your ex is going through will have a hard time being heard. Go after a well-liked man who seeks to amplify that concern, though, and you’ll pay a price.
To be clear, West should have been suspended for what he said about Noah. But his actions toward Kardashian and her new partner are just as concerning — if not more so. West practically put a target on both Kardashian’s and Davidson’s backs. And he made clear that he would like to physically harm Davidson, in part to hurt Kardashian.
Why were his posts still up on Instagram? Why, in the middle of this very public series of online attacks, was he invited to perform at the Grammy awards to begin with?
Instead of seeing this for what it is — a famous man using his notoriety to torment his ex — too many media outlets are portraying it as a “feud.” In a feud, there are two sides fighting each other. This is an attack.
Kardashian is a professionally successful, beautiful celebrity who is notoriously “famous for being famous” as a reality TV star. That seems to be shaping too much of the public response to her current situation. As Noah made clear in his segment, instead of seeing her as a victim of a very public stalking and harassment campaign, media narratives and fan responses position her as one player in a juicy drama.
For many West fans, she’s the villain breaking up her family, and West is a good man scorned. And even some prominent media figures, including The View’s Sunny Hostin,
Opinion: Kim Kardashian doesn’t deserve this
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