It appears that Kanye West has responded to those critical of the disturbingly violent ‘Eazy’ music video on his Instagram this past Sunday.
The rapper has called the scenes, in which a claymation figure of himself is shown kidnapping and burying alive a man that bears an uncanny resemblance to Pete Davidson, an expression of his art. He went on to say that anyone who sees them as anything else is “mal intended.”
“Art is therapy just like this view. Art is protected as freedom of speech. Art inspires and simplifies the world. Art is not a proxy for any ill or harm. Any suggestion otherwise about my art is false and mal intended 🖤”
People are calling out West’s statement about those seeing the violence in the video, as well as his behavior toward ex-wife Kim Kardashian and her new beau.
It has led to a discussion online about gaslighting, which is defined as the “psychological manipulation of a person […] that causes the victim to question the validity of their own thoughts, perception of reality, or memories and typically leads to confusion, loss of confidence and self-esteem, uncertainty of one’s emotional or mental stability, and a dependency on the perpetrator.”
Many were having none of West’s nonsense, however.
One user analyzed West’s actions over the last year, saying, “It probably would have been accepted like that if it was a stand alone moment. The problem was it came after weeks of Kanye bashing Pete online and blaming him for the breakdown of his marriage, telling people if they see him in real life they should scream ‘Kimye Forever’, not [to] mention publicly disown one of his friend[s] just because they were also friends with Pete. This seems like gaslighting Kanye. 🤦🏾♀️”
One pointed out how he was trying to shift the blame. “So everyone is mal-intentioned but him. That’s handy.” Another said, “’It’s not my fault, it’s yours.’”
Kardashian and Davidson seem to be trying to stay out of the conversation as best they can, keeping to life as usual and not commenting publicly about the situation with West.
While she hasn’t posted publicly, Kim has shown her support for Davidson by liking a tweet from “The Suicide Squad” director James Gunn which praised Davidson’s character.
“For the record, Pete Davidson is one of the nicest, sweetest guys I know,” the director wrote. “A truly generous, tender & funny spirit, he treats everyone around him with respect.”
According to Page Six, an anonymous source said that Davidson is “using this to grow in more ways than one including for himself and his relationship with Kim” and is trying to turn “all of the negativity into a positive thing.”
“He finds the fact that Kanye included a cartoon version of him in his music video hysterical. He is almost flattered by it all because it is so ridiculous to him.”