December 14, 2016


John Legend: Kanye West's Support of 'Corrosive' Trump Is 'Very Disappointing'

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Frank Micelotta/Getty Images

John Legend has been on Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music label since day one, and he's comfortable enough after their dozen-plus years together to call 'Ye on his shit. The 37 year-old dad spoke to France's Clique (video below) about Kanye's Tuesday meeting with Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York City:

"I don't think it's impossible to talk to [Donald Trump] about issues, but I won't be used as a publicity stunt. I think Kanye was a publicity stunt. I'm pretty disappointed with Kanye that he says he would have voted for Trump. I think Trump has been corrosive, his message has been corrosive to the country. I think the things he's promised to do have been very concerning for a lot of people, and for Kanye to support that message is very disappointing." 

Watch the Clique clip:

Asked a question many of us are wondering, even after Kanye's explanatory tweets—What is he really thinking?—Legend batted away the question. "Whatever's in his mind," he said, "I disagree with him."

In March, Legend was crystal clear in labeling Donald Trump a racist. His "Love Me Now" video, which premiered three days after the election, is a powerful anti-hate message. Last week, on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Legend said, “We’re just rooting for Kanye to get better, to feel better. We’re all fans of him and friends of him and we want him to be well and be able to do what he loves to do.”

Watch an episode of Fuse's digital miniseries The Kanye Effect, this one detailing 'Ye's knack for talent-scouting and collaboration: