Kanye West Vs. Adolf Hitler: Tale Of The Tape
Actual line from Watch the Throne's "Who Gon' Stop Me": "This is something like the Holocaust/ Millions of our people lost"
Photo illustrations by Monica Fuentes
Godwin's Rule of Nazi Analogies, formulated by humorist and writer Mike Godwin, states that eventually, any heated discussion (especially online), will lead to someone comparing either the situation or the principals to Nazis or Adolf Hitler.
"I walk through the hotel and I walk down the street, and people look at me like I'm fucking insane, like I'm Hitler," the rapper told the crowd, adding "but one day the light will shine through, and one day people will understand everything I ever did" before he was roundly booed and left the stage.
So it's come to this. As West's album with Jay-Z, Watch the Throne, begins to hit the Internet and the reviews come in (stay tuned for ours) Kanye, in a sense, has scuttled his end of the promo push. It's the inverse of John Lennon is 1966, when he compared the adoration of his Beatles to the popularity of Jesus Christ.
Obviously West is nothing like Hitler, as we can all admit - unless you wanna mention the self-love and cult of personality - but the latter is waning for West, as people increasingly set aside his music, which is still smart and innovative, from his onstage antics and almost comical rampaging ego.
Even still, there are people who will say "Well, Hitler did some good things..." just as people will see a report like this about West and comment "Well, I liked 'Runaway' and the Jay-Z joint was decent." Hitler building a good car isn't the same as West dropping "Jesus Walks" on Late Registration. Although "Kanye" and "Adolf" both have the same amount of letters in them...
So following West's logic, how does he compare to Hitler? Weirdly enough, they have a few similarities. Rocks Off absolutely does not condone anyone comparing themselves to a man who preached hate and butchered millions upon millions of people, but West is the one who said it, not us.
Kanye: At least 30 million albums sold
Hitler: At least 20 million people killed
Kanye: Jay-Z, John Legend, Lupe Fiasco, Bon Iver
Hitler: Josef Mengele, Benito Mussolini, Hirohito, Joseph Goebbels
Kanye: Amber Rose (2008-10)
Hitler: Eva Braun (1934-45)
Kanye: Reps Chicago; born in Atlanta
Hitler: Repped Germany; born in Austria
Kanye: Attended art classes at the American Academy of Art in Chicago and Chicago State University, but dropped out to work on his music.
Hitler: Applied twice to the Vienna Academy of Art but was rejected each time.
Kanye: 808s & Heartbreak
Hitler: Mein Kampf
Kanye: Favorite comedian is Larry David.
Hitler: Loved Jewish comedians and singers, but once he found out they were Jews, bemoaned that they weren't Aryan.
Kanye: Verbally attacked Taylor Swift for being a popular tall, blue-eyed blonde.
Hitler: Verbally, and physically, attacked people for not being tall, blue-eyed blondes.
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