Sunday, May 31, 2009

Role Model or Dummy? You decide!

Have you heard about Kayne West and his pride on "being a non-reader"? Yup, the guy doesn't like books. Doesn't read. He's a rapper who is well known and there are tons of kids looking up to this guy and his success. So he puts out a statement that he's proud to be a non-reader? What kind of message is that?

This guy went to school. He dropped out of college, which means that he did complete elementary school and high school and somehow managed to get into college. You can't drop out unless you actually got started. How does someone get past the third grade without reading? So.... we know he did read just by knowing that he got into college. Or, did he? Hmmmmmm...?

The guy wrote a book! Can you believe this? He's all proud to be a book basher and he wrote a book? Uh huh. Suuuuuuuure, he did. Yeah. First clue that leads me to think someone else wrote it for him? The title is spelled correctly. It's a rare thing these days to find the word "you're" spelled correctly! It's a personal pet peeve of mine and there are some very intelligent folks out there who can't get it right. Think Kanye knows the difference between your and you're? He might; he might not. Bet his editor does! Reviews do say that the book doesn't have a lot of text, some blank pages, and it is a book of quotes of his profound non-reading wisdom. Wonder if he read his own book?

How sad for the youth who look up to this guy. He might as well walk around whacking little kids with his itty bitty book. And he's really missing a lot of good stuff by not reading. I sure hope the guy doesn't make an impact on the kids who think he's pretty cool. Obviously, he's not thinking about his little fans who could benefit greatly from reading.

Pop Culture suffers a blow. Sad. Sad. Sad.


Kate said...

I'm voting poser, actually. His mom was an English prof. He may not have read more than he had to, but he did read. Now I bet he's the smart girl trying to act dumb so boys will like her. It's hard to keep your street cred if you're college educated--even if you dropped out. That's what I think about him. Sad in many ways.

I love that this makes you as mad as it does me! How hard would it be to say, hey, I'm cool, I'm Kanye, I read?

Wolfpak5 said...

I don't like rap so don't pay any attention to guys like him. Let's give him the benefit of doubt, maybe he listens to audio books instead.

Living With Cavemen said...

I hate to admit that I like some of his songs and actually have them on my mp3 player. Eekkk...did I just say that? I don't like the guy personally though. I don't think he's anything of a role model. He's a narcissist and a dork. Some of these celebrities should just not be in the public eye or talk. I'm glad my kids don't idol celebrities.

Why would you be proud that you don't read books. I understand if you don't have the time to read, but don't come out and say your proud of that fact.

Yes, let's hope he listens to audio books.