Kanye West makes, and wins, an argument for forced sterilization

I am not a fan of books. I would never want a book’s autograph. I am a proud non-reader of books. I like to get information from doing stuff like actually talking to people and living real life.

While reasonable people around the world gasped, spluttered, yearned for the paparazzi-free yesteryears (you know, when you could go to the grocery store without being confronted by one dozen images of celebrities and inane headlines about how they’re too fat, too skinny, cheating, divorced, pregnant, psychotic, etc.), I understood what Kanye West was really trying to say. He was following in the footsteps of satirist Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal” and George Bush’s No Child Left Behind policy–ironic statements intended to prove the opposite.

What Kanye West intended to prove–by proudly claiming not to read while promoting a book he’d recently “written”–was that our collective intelligence will never rise above the level of reality star darling or celebutante who achieves fame by leaking a sex tape without drastic legislative action. He was feigning an almost intolerable level of ignorance and anti-intellectualism to make a broader point about our desperate need for a policy of forced sterilization–even if it’s only applied to people who say “I am not a fan of books. I would never want a book’s autograph. I am a proud non-reader of books.”

After all, anyone who makes a point of taking a stance against books is, in fact, taking a stance against education, information, enlightenment. And if someone is not sufficiently content with their own ignorance that they actually make a point of recruiting other people to frolic about in their own foolish muck beside them, well, anyone with a vested interest in maintaining the public’s ignorance is a greater threat to our society than any gun, bomb, or grenade could ever hope to be. It makes sense that celebrities, reality stars, musicians with very little talent and nothing of substance to say, would prefer to live in an ignorant, uneducated society. It is, after all, ignorant people who place someone who attacks books on a pedestal.

It’s OK though. When someone who is marketing a book they’re pretending they wrote makes a statement that he is a proud non-reader, the only conclusion one can reasonably draw is that he supports forced sterilization and is arguing that people who make statements like the one he made would be good candidates for the program. And as far as I am concerned, Kanye made his point only too effectively.





  1. Hilarious. Found it because it was related to my post on idiots who can’t understand what satire is (http://iorizzot.wordpress.com/2013/09/03/a-dose-of-stupidity-the-cause-of-my-cynicism-aka-why-i-drink/). Loved your post!

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