Hip hop superstar Kanye West, who has never been shy about courting controversy, has demonstrated his bravado once again in his recent tweet proclaiming the innocence of alleged serial rapist Bill Cosby.
BILL COSBY INNOCENT !!!!!!!!!!
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 9, 2016
More than 50 women have accused Cosby of sexual assault. Predictably, West’s tweet was greeted with nearly universal condemnation from news outlets, entertainers, and other figures with a large presence on social media:
Kanye!! You can’t be for real. FIFTY WOMEN. With nothing to gain thanks to a statute of limitations ON RAPE. Oy. https://t.co/3ekYD43uMs
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) February 9, 2016
I officially retract that time I said Kanye was a genius https://t.co/lQJmK8jQnQ
— Best Coast (@BestCoast) February 9, 2016
Kanye West has the world’s largest gap between his best opinion and his worst opinion.
— Josh Gondelman (@joshgondelman) February 10, 2016
Are we sure Kanye isn’t just a character from Zoolander?
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) February 10, 2016
Please God don’t let Kanye tweet out that the world is flat.
— Charlamagne Tha God (@cthagod) February 9, 2016
Some have suggested that West was making a calculated provocation with his tweet:
Let’s dispense with this myth that Kanye somehow doesn’t know what he’s doing. He knows exactly what he’s doing.
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) February 9, 2016
— Yellow Bill Gates (@robinthede) February 9, 2016