Comedian, Television host Trevor Noah respond following Instagram and Grammys bans on Kanye, who recently wrote a racist post about the daily show and Grammys host.
Following the recent controversy, Trevor Noah wishes to clarify his position on Kanye West.
Following the news of the Donda rapper’s recent Grammys performance ban due to “concerning” online behaviour and a 24-hour Instagram suspension for directing a racial slur at the Daily Show host, the comedian, who is hosting the upcoming music award ceremony, issued a statement on Twitter on Sunday, March 20.
“I said counsel Kanye,” Noah wrote, “not cancel Kanye.”
The host’s tweet comes a day after Kanye’s representative confirmed to the media, saying that the Donda rapper’s team was told over the phone that evening that he had been pulled from the lineup of performers for the Grammys due to his “concerning online behaviour.”Recording Academy, the organization behind the ceremony, has not given a comment on the cancellation and Noah’s tweet. Meanwhile, Kanye’s representative did not respond immediately to the host’s recent remarks.
According to a source close to Noah, the host “never asked the Grammys to ban Kanye from performing” at the award show, for which the rapper is nominated for five awards.
“He was not offended by Kanye’s Instagram post, and Trevor responded on Instagram,” according to the source. “It’s ridiculous to think that Trevor or his team asked the Grammys to ban Kanye.” Kanye was suspended from Instagram for 24 hours last week after posting a racial slur directed at Noah, with parent company Meta claiming Ye violated the group’s hate speech, bullying, and harassment policies.
In recent weeks, the rap artist has mostly used Instagram to vent about his ex Kim Kardashian and her boyfriend Pete Davidson, whose likeness appears in Ye’s recently released “Eazy” music video. Following the backlash over the video, Kanye wrote, “Art is therapy,” and that it “is not a proxy for any ill or harm.”
Ye’s offensive post about Noah came a day after the host expressed concern about the rapper in a serious monologue on The Daily Show, citing the rapper’s “belligerent” behaviour and treatment of Kim and Pete.
Noah stated that he grew up in an abusive relationship beginning at the age of nine, recalling a memory of learning about his own mother being shot and wounded by his stepfather. “What I see from the situation [with Kanye] is a woman who wants to live her life without being harassed by an ex-boyfriend, ex-husband, or ex-anything,” he said.
Kanye and Pete have both previously spoken publicly about their struggles with mental health. During a recent text exchange, the SNL star texted Kanye a selfie and said he was “in bed” with Kim before offering to “help” him. Noah criticized Pete’s move in his Daily Show monologue.
“Now you’ve added to a person’s mental health that you’re trying to help,” Noah said. “It’s kind of like roasting someone while giving them CPR.”
Noah showed empathy for Kanye in a comment on his since-deleted Instagram post about him, telling him, “Few artists have had a greater influence on me than you Ye…
That’s why seeing you like this breaks my heart.”
He went on to say, “I don’t care if you support [Donald] Trump and I don’t care if you roast Pete. I do however care when I see you on a path that’s dangerously close to peril and pain. You have every right to fight for your family. But you have to know the difference between that and fighting your family…If you’re just joking about it all and I’m an idiot for caring, then so be it. But I’d rather be the idiot who spoke up and said something to you in life, than the cool guy who said nothing and then mourns for you in prison or the grave.”