• Kanye West Took Out A Two-page Political Ad In ‘The New York Times’

    It’s less than a week until Election Day in the United States, and in case you have somehow forgotten that rapper, fashion designer, and entrepreneur Kanye West is in the running for President, today he went to big lengths to remind you. Readers of Friday’s The New York Times print edition were greeted with a huge two-page colour advertisement written by and paid for by Kanye himself. Addressed to the “Future” and fashioned as an open letter to voting Americans, Ye’s political advertisement also contained a large modicum of religious and faith-based language.

    “Dear Future, I still believe in you. We still believe in you. Even in our darkest moments, We believe,” the letter reads with the image of a Dove in flight on the opposing page. “We will see families anchoring on faith. Our future holds a better America.” It is not entirely clear who is included in the “We” he refers to, but from the letter, it could be construed to either mean American citizens, Kanye’s election campaign team, or even the royal usage of “We” seeing as how it is capitalized.

    “Our future will provide expecting families with a safe and secure plan that values every stage of life,” he continued. “Our future will provide a justice system that treats everyone equally regardless of their socioeconomic status. Our future will provide an education system that promotes freedom and visionary thinking. Our happy, healthy future looks like the new Garden of Eden with children running and the elderly brimming with joy on how beautiful our world has become. Our future has homes for everyone.”

    Kanye, who in recent years has released an album entitled Jesus is King, and started his own Sunday church service, continued using language that leans heavily into Christian territory.

    “Jesus loves everyone,” he added. “When I close my eyes, I see our God providing us with a bright future. I feel like a kid the night before Christmas when I think about our future.”

    “God is love. Let’s lead with love. Our future is waiting on us.”

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    The text of the letter is very close to the same dialogue heard in his Yeezy Christian Academy promotional video and a representative for Kanye further explained to Page Six, “This is his open letter on how he envisions the future of America should be.”

    This letter comes on the heels of his first Presidential ad campaign commercial that was released October 13th, in which Ye stands in front of a black and white American flag and speaks about his “vision” while images of praying families, outer space, and greenhouse farmers are displayed.

    Once again asserting that faith and prayer are foundational to his political ambitions, Kanye said in the commercial, “We as a people will revive our nation’s commitment to faith to what our constitution calls the free exercise of religion including, of course, prayer. Through prayer, faith can be restored. We, as a people, are called to a greater service than ourselves.”

    The commercial and the two-page NYT letter state that they have been paid for by the Kanye 2020 campaign.

    While the televised Presidential debates have not included or invited Kanye to attend, he has instructed voters to write his name in on the ballot.

    Back in July, West formally announced his Presidential bid, and then made headlines during his first rally in South Carolina where he revealed private family planning conversations with his wife, Kim Kardashian West. Some celebrities, like Jennifer Aniston, have publicly said that voting for Kanye isn’t funny, something to which the “Jesus Walk” rapper took offence. This summer also saw Kanye and Kim at odds after his South Carolina rant and a series of now-deleted tweets aimed at his wife. The comments prompted Kim to release a statement on the status of his mental health.

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    Kanye West Urges Voters To Write In His Name For President In First 2020 Ad

    Even though he’s only on the ballot in a handful of states, that’s not stopping Kanye West’s supposed presidential ambitions. The 43-year-old rapper released his first campaign ad on Monday, highlighting faith and family in the 82-second social media spot. The entrepreneur also called on voters to write in his name for president.

    “What is America’s destiny? What is best for our nation, our people? What is just? True justice? We have to think about all these things, together as a people,” the “Yeezus” singer says in front of a waving American flag.

    West, who has called himself a “Christian innovator,” believes the answer lies in religion.

    “We as a people will revive our nation’s commitment to faith, to what our constitution calls the free exercise of religion, including, of course, prayer,” he adds in the clip. “Through prayer, faith can be restored. We as a people are called to a greater purpose than ourselves. We are not only a beacon to the world, but we should be servants to each other.”

    Kanye West speaks about the importance of religion in his first presidential campaign video. (Photo: Kanye West)


    West continues, “We have to act on faith with the sure knowledge that we are pursuing the right goals and doing the right things. We will build a stronger country by building stronger families. Families are the building blocks of society, of a nation. By turning to faith, we will be the kind of nation, the kind of people, God intends us to be.”

    The fashion designer concludes by urging people to “write in Kanye West.”

    Kim Kardashian has not publicly reacted to the ad. As of Monday afternoon, she hasn’t promoted the video on any of her social media channels, choosing instead to post about KKW Beauty.

    It’s unclear what the Keeping With the Kardashians star really thinks about her husband running for president, but they have been spending time together as a family after seemingly being on the brink of divorce just weeks ago. A source tells Entertainment Tonight that Kardashian and West, who share four kids, are now “in a great place.”

    “The couple has been spending a lot of quality time together with their kids and family,” the insider says. “They’ve been trying to spend time in places that are slower or more calm like Colorado so they can enjoy their time without worrying about paparazzi or fans interrupting.”

    “The couple knows they have to work on things, but they’re putting in the effort, all while busy with their own work and continuing to grow their brands,” the source adds.

    Kardashian, who turns 40 later this month, has stood by West’s side publicly amid his mental health issues.

    “Living with bi-polar disorder does not diminish or invalidate his dreams and his creative ideas, no matter how big or unobtainable they may feel to some. This at part of his genius and as we have all witnessed, many of his big dreams have come true,” she wrote in July. “I kindly ask that the media and public give us the compassion and empathy that is needed so that we can get through this. Thank you for those who have expressed concern for Kanye’s well being and for your understanding.”

    It’s unclear how serious West, who has been vocal in his support of President Donald Trump, is about his presidential run. He previously indicated his spoiler campaign is designed to hurt Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. West seems to be having more success selling 2020 merchandise than getting votes, though. The Grammy winner claims to have made more than $800,000 from sales.

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