Kanye West Cancels Remaining Saint Pablo Tour Dates, Is Praised By Alt Right for Remarks
Kanye West has been earning mounting praise from alt-right white nationalists and other Trump supporters for his recent onstage declaration that "if I were to have voted, I would have voted for Trump." Then he incited the ire of the Beyhive for remarks at a November 19 Sacramento, CA. gig, also calling out Jay Z and casting a dig at Hillary Clinton, before ultimately cutting the show short after just three songs. Now, Pitchfork has confirmed that Kanye has cancelled the remaining 21 dates on his Saint Pablo Tour, including a New Year's Eve engagement at Brooklyn's Barclays Center.
West was showing signs of wear dating back to the final evening of his six-date run at The Forum in Englewood, CA, when he cut that November 3 concert short after he said he was losing his voice. Ticketmaster issued refunds upon request from fans, and Kanye had told that crowd, "I promise to do better next time."
West's second onstage rant this week found him accusing Beyonce of refusing to perform at an awards show (likely the MTV VMAs) unless she won Video of the Year. He also bizarrely addressed estranged friend Jay Z, saying, "I know you got killers. Please don’t send ’em at my head."
"This 'Saint Pablo' tour is the most relevant [thing] happening," Kanye told the Sacramento crowd in his nearly 10-minute-long rant. "If your old ass keeps following old modes, your ass is going to get Hillary Clintoned. You might not like it, but you need to hear it."
Pitchfork reports that those holding tickets for the remaining Saint Pablo dates — tickets which often cost upwards of $250 dollars — will receive refunds. TMZ claims the cancellation stems from Kanye's exhaustion from the rigors of touring, on top of additional projects like his Yeezy fashion line. They also claim he'll announce a new second leg sometime in 2017, so hope is not lost for those still aching to see 'Ye live.
While Kanye's pro-Trump remarks have disappointed some fans (and fellow rappers, including Talib Kweli) and he's alienated others with shortened shows and cancellations, he has made some new fans in Trump supporters and alt-right advocates online. See commentary from a few of Kanye's new allies below.
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