Kanye Just Heaped Praise On A Right-Wing Media Personality, And Many On Twitter Are Appalled

For those who don’t know, Candace Owens is the founder of Red Pill Black, a website that tries to sell conservatism to a young black audience. Before this, she was crowdfunding a website called Social Autopsy that would ‘expose the internet’s bullies’. However, the site got shut down before it took off amid accusations that it would encourage doxing, meaning stripping internet users of anonymity for revenge. 

She is also the director of Urban Engagement for Turning Point USA, a conservative group that has kept a ‘professor watchlist’ of supposed college professors who ‘discriminate’ against conservatives, and has been accused of racial bias and illegal campaign activity during the 2016 election. Also, she is now one of Kanye West’s favorite people.

On Saturday, he tweeted:

Which received this breathless response from Owens herself:

And Roseanne Barr:

People pointed out the harmful and problematic things Owens has said and done:

Others put Kanye on blast:

While conservatives cheered him on:

And apparently ‘freethinking’ means racism, xenophobia, queerphobia, and bullying.

H/T: Twitter, Salon, New York Magazine, The New Yorker