At this point, if you’re not a fan of hip-hop, you’re probably not a fan of Kanye West at all. To the average person, he’s a ridiculous character who takes any opportunity he can to steal the attention and say outrageous things. But before you rule him out completely, watch him on Keeping Up With the Kardashians.
In the latest episode, if you didn’t know better, you’d think West was the best dad with the kindest heart. You’d almost swear he was gentle and reserved. First, you see him making snow angels in Vail with his daughter. Then, you hear Khloe Kardashian, arguably the toughest critic, say he’s surprised her in the best way with how much of a family man he is. She said she never would have guessed he’d be the guy who would always want the family to be together.
I’m assuming that most other people would agree with her. West’s haters (who could really be called most people) don’t want to believe anything good about him, but it’s hard to deny that he’s a kind-hearted guy who is trying to be the best role model for his children.
West gives glimpses of this side of him during his infamous award show speeches. When he made his speech at MTV’s VMAs, his most memorable line was “Listen to the kids.” He was trying to open people’s eyes to the culture young people are hoping to create. Whether it’s indie artists or civil rights, “the kids” are trying to start a movement, and West wants the older generations to pay attention to that.
The way he delivered that message (or any message) left a lot to be desired, but you can’t discredit his passion for his art and the issues he believes in.
That passion directly translates into his family. Despite not being thrilled about the show, he shows up at all the vacations, he makes it to every big event, and he is present and excited about being a dad. If he were truly the arrogant, attention-seeking jerk people want him to be, he wouldn’t stay in the background just paying attention to his children and his wife.
So, to every West hater, I challenge you to watch him travel to Vail with his family and not admit there may be a softer side to him. One that you might actually be able to like.