The strangest tangent of the Rolling Stone story, however, is when [rapper Kanye] West says he's addicted to pornography. He remembers first seeing his father's Playboy magazine when he was 5 years old. "Right then," West says, laughing, "it was like, `Houston, we have a problem.'"Man. That's depressing.
Everyone has their battles with one thing or another in life, but I really expected more from the guy. Like it or not, he *is* a role model for a lot of young men - young men that I really think he's letting down. The dangers of pornography aren't just religious propaganda contrived by neo-conservative whack-jobs; just like any other addiction, lives can hang in the balance.
Don't get me wrong - I don't want to be too hard on the guy. Really, the only reason I even bothered to write about this stems from the fact that, well, I kinda like Kayne West. In the limited selection of his work I'm familiar with, I've appreciated the socially meaningful things he has to say (i.e. "Diamonds from Sierra Leone"). Even in his controversial comments concerning Katrina relief, I got the feeling he was speaking more from his heart than out of political ambition.
However, for a man praised by TIME Magazine as a "person who mattered in 2005", and as impossible to ignore for his clean(er)-cut image in a genre of thugs, I think we should expect less of the crass and more of the class. Perhaps in the rest of the interview Kanye explains that his addiction is not a mere laughing matter, but from this clip, read by millions of readers across the globe, it seems like he's sending a troubling message, and I for one, believe Kanye can, and should, do better.