Trevor Noah Defends Kanye, Slams Cancel Culture: ‘I’m Very Comfortable Rejecting Human Beings’


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Trevor Noah defended Kanye West against his critics this week and explained why he criticized the decision to ban the rapper from performing at the Grammys earlier this year when the comedian was the host.

“Human beings are a paradox,” the “Daily Show” host said on the “Awards Circuit” podcast Thursday. “We can love the people we hate, we can hate the people we love. Human beings as a whole are a complicated paradox. And so, I don’t like living in a world where we constantly throw human beings like garbage .”

Noah had a run-in with West ahead of the April Grammys when the rapper hurled a racial slur at him on social media after the host of a ‘Daily Show’ segment accused him of ‘harassing’ his ex Kim Kardashian.

The Grammys banned West from performing after he posted on Instagram, but the comedian, who hosted the awards show, tweeted in March that he had nothing to do with the decision and said that he had asked the Recording Academy to “advise Kanye not to cancel Kanye”.

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Kanye West, right, was banned from performing at the Grammy earlier this year after he failed to insult Trevor Noah on social media.
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“I’ve become more comfortable speaking my mind in situations where I feel like the crowd is forgetting that we’re dealing with human beings,” Noah said on the podcast. “It’s easy to stay away, see a train wreck happen and not say anything about it. And then after the train crashes into the tracks, we say, ‘Oh, I have seen it coming! Well, then why didn’t you say anything? Especially if you have some kind of platform, you have some kind of obligation to tell the truth. You know, see something and say something.

He said the rapper made an “indelible impression” on him and that his music helped him through different periods of his life.

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Host Trevor Noah speaks onstage during the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 03, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Host Trevor Noah speaks onstage during the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 03, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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“But there are also times when I say, like, ‘Man, Kanye, you’re going off the rails here.’ But I can still say, “I care about you as a human being, that’s, that’s why I’m talking. I’m not going not to care about you, I’m not going to hate you all of a sudden’.’ That’s how I try to see the world, that’s how I hope people will see me.”

He spoke out against cancel culture in the interview, saying everyone should have the opportunity to “redeem themselves”.

  Kim Kardashian and Kanye West attend the Balenciaga show as part of Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2020/2021 on March 01, 2020 in Paris, France.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West attend the Balenciaga show as part of Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2020/2021 on March 01, 2020 in Paris, France.
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“I think we’ve become very comfortable with throwing human beings away, immediately throwing them out, and making them irredeemable characters,” he said. “Whereas in fact, I think we should all have the opportunity to redeem ourselves. We should all have the opportunity to redeem ourselves.”

Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson attended the 2022 Met Gala together in May.

Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson attended the 2022 Met Gala together in May.
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West was widely criticized for his rhetoric against Kardashian and her former boyfriend Pete Davidson following West and Kardashian’s split. His latest remark came in a since-deleted Instagram post in which he jokingly said via a fake New York Times frontpage that Davidson was “dead at 28” after the former “Saturday Night Live” broke up. with Kardashians.

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West has made other comments that appear to suggest violence towards Davidson, including a music video from earlier this year in which he raps about beating “Pete Davidson’s a—”. In the video, an animated version of West kidnaps and buries an animated Davidson alive.


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