We’ve witnessed Justin Bieber have numerous on-stage meltdowns. We’ve seen Britney Spears shave her head and attack the paparazzi (a moment we’re likely to relive in her upcoming biopic). Basically, we’ve grown pretty accustomed to stars, well, completely freaking out, but this week, Kanye West has managed to push the tantrum bar so high that even his fans are beginning to flee.
Only a couple of days after his headline-making pro Trump comments, Yeezus is now back in the news for delivering an eyebrow-raising sermon at yesterday’s Sacramento show, which left fans booing and cursing the artist. Just 30 minutes into his Saint Pablo Tour set, the 39-year-old seriously pissed off the 13,000 fans in attendance when he went on a bizarre rant, which saw him taking shots at everyone from Beyoncé (!) and Jay Z to Mark Zuckerberg, before dropping his mic and storming off stage, cutting the concert seriously short.
But what could possibly induce the man who once jumped onstage to defend her honor when he felt she was slighted at the VMAs (and famously ruining Taylor Swift’s big moment in the process) to turn on his beloved Bey? “Beyoncé, I was hurt,” Kanye began. “I heard that you said you wouldn’t perform unless you won (the VMAs) Video of the Year over me and ‘Hotline Bling,'” he said.
After then telling the crowd that Bey and Taylor Swift are great (wait, what?!), Kanye turned his sights on Jay Z, proclaiming: “Even at the risk of my own success, my own career. I’ve been sitting here to give y’all the truth! Jay Z, call me, bro! You still ain’t calling me… I know you got killers. Please don’t send them at my head. Just call me. Talk to me like a man!”
Political references followed, as did mention of Hillary Clinton and the fact that Google, Facebook and other social media platforms are lying to us. Yeezy even found time to criticize Mark Zuckerberg for not lending him money to pay off his debt (he asked the social media mogul for $1 billion back in February over Twitter). Seriously, the whole thing is 15 minutes of pure weirdness and no, we don’t get it either. Fans left the venue chanting “F***, Kanye” and it wasn’t long before #KanyeIsOver began trending on Twitter.
Not everyone was feeling the hate, however. As some fans pointed out, this isn’t the first time Kanye has gone off the deep end, and, in the past, his words have never really affected his popularity.
Others, like @maxbaroi, even went as far as to dub the speech a performance piece, which may very well be the case. Kanye seemed to be perfectly aware of what he was doing, as he proclaimed, “Get ready to have a field day, press, because the show’s over!” right before leaving.
We, for one, wouldn’t particularly miss the tantrums if this one did actually stick (which, considering the wrath of the Beyhive after #BeckyGate, it just might) ― maybe some time off is just what Kanye needs to heal.
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(h/t E!, photo via Neilson Barnard/Getty)