Kanye West defends decision to perform with Marilyn Manson and DaBaby: “They can’t cancel us all”

“It’s power and politics. You know, power-hungry maniacs and just, control. This is Nineteen Eighty-Four mind control that we in. And mob mentality,” said West.

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The artist formerly known as Kanye – and now known simply as Ye – has defended his decision to perform alongside Marilyn Manson and DaBaby during the Donda listening parties in a new interview where he also compared the #MeToo movement to “Nineteen Eighty-Four mind control” and “mob mentality”.

Ye made the comments while on a nearly two-and-a-half-hour long edition of the Drink Champs podcast, where he said, “All the #MeToo – like, when I sit next to Marilyn Manson and DaBaby, right after both of them got cancelled, for five songs, you know, it’s like they can’t cancel [us all],”

“They’ll hit you with the accusations or somebody who you was with 10 years ago. And also, there’s women who’ve been through very serious things, pulled in alleys against they will – that’s different than a hug, but it’s classified as the same thing. It’s power and politics. You know, power-hungry maniacs and just, control. This is Nineteen Eighty-Four mind control that we in. And mob mentality.”

In 2021, Manson has been accused by multiple women – including actress Evan Rachel Wood, who was in a relationship with Manson from 2007 to 2010 – of sexual assault and abuse. Woods wrote in an Instagram post that Manson had “started grooming me when I was a teenager and horrifically abused me for years,” following which four other women came forward with detailed, harrowing accounts of Manson abusing them. Manson has denied those accusations, claiming his relationships were consensual and that any accusations of abuse were a misrepresentation of the past.

Ye, further along in his interview, went on to address several other topics, notably criticising Black History Month and US Vice-President Kamala Harris, saying, “I’m tired of talking about slavery and how we should only be so lucky to vote for a woman we haven’t seen since the election.”

“[Black History Month] is here to remind you of who they want us to be and not who we really are.”

Both Manson and DaBaby are featured on Ye’s new album, Donda.

Watch the full interview below.