Kanye West and former American football player Jim Brown visited US President Donald Trump at the White House on Thursday.
West, a supporter of Trump, engaged the president on a number of social issues.
The Chicago rapper talked about murder rate and crime in his city, police brutality, racism, welfare, prison reform.
West explained why he called former US president George W Bush a racist and talked about being diagnosed with bipolar disorder when he was sleep deprived.
He described Trump as being “on a hero’s journey” while he praised him for his handling of North Korea, saying he “stopped a war”.
Their interaction has been described as bizarre.
The rapper has received a lot of flak by Americans on social media for his conduct while many prominent African-Americans have voiced out their criticisms.
Don Lemon, CNN presenter, said: “I actually feel bad for him. What I saw was a minstrel show today.
“Him in front of all these white people, mostly white people, embarrassing himself and embarrassing Americans, but mostly African-Americans, because every one of them is sitting either at home or with their phones, watching this, cringing.
“Kanye needs help, this has nothing to do with being liberal or a conservative. We have to stop pretending like this is normal.”
Meanwhile, TI, a rapper whose real name is Clifford Harris Jr, described the meeting as the “most repulsive, disgraceful, embarrassing act of desperation & auctioning off of one’s soul to gain power I’ve ever seen”.
He added: “At one time it was a pleasure to work alongside you… now, I’m ashamed to have ever been associated with you. I’ve reached my limits. This is my stop.”
Judge for yourselves.
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