Following a weekend of intense scrutiny and backlash, a representative for Kanye West has confirmed that West has canceled all remaining U.S. dates on his Saint Pablo tour. The trouble for the hip-hop sensation started Thursday night, when he outed himself as a Donald Trump supporter onstage and urged black Americans to stop “talking about race so much.” But there was more controversy to come.
West’s Sacramento, California, show on Saturday night lasted 30 minutes and ended on an abrupt note after he’d performed only three songs. According to Billboard’s report, West arrived to the venue 90 minutes late and, after a promising start, went on to lambaste Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Hillary Clinton, and the entire radio industry. (“Radio, fuck you! Oh yeah, I’m on my Trump shit tonight. Radio, fuck you!”) Before finally walking offstage, West also turned his attention to the press: “Right now, press, get ready to write your passive-aggressive LeBron James racist comments … get ready, get ready, because the show’s over.”
West has tried to clarify some of these positions. During that now-infamous Thursday night show, West added that he’s still a “believer” in Black Lives Matter, women’s rights, and marriage equality. And according to Spin, records show that he donated hefty sums to Hillary Clinton’s campaign as recently as the summer of 2015. To recap: Kanye West supports Trump as well as several issues that the president-elect and his party intend to fight against, and he helped to fund the early stages of the Clinton campaign. Confused? You’re probably not alone.