- Music video director Joseph Kahn said he would “absolutely not” work with Kanye West.
- He said he sees the culture that surrounds West and his wife, Kim Kardashian, as going “hand in hand with the Trump world.”
Music video director Joseph Kahn has worked with some of the most polarising artists ever to hit the music scene over his almost 30-year career, including Lady Gaga and Eminem, but he said he draws the line when it comes to Kanye West.
Business Insider asked Kahn if he would ever agree to direct a music video for West if he was asked: “No, absolutely not,” he said.
“I find the Kanye/Kardashian culture so – to me it’s hand in hand with the Trump world,” Kahn said, while promoting his latest feature film, “Bodied” (which opens in theatres Friday and will be available on YouTube November 28).
“There’s a lack of thought that’s masquerading as thought. It’s using the power of brand as the power of thought. And if anything, I’m so immersed in the power of brands, I try to put thought in the brands and I don’t see thought going on there. I just see crazy people flinging around and just trying to make money and call it thought,” the music video director said.
One artist Kahn regularly works with is Taylor Swift (he directed music videos for “Wildest Dreams” and “…Ready For It?” among others), and she has not had the best relationship with West since his legendary onstage interruption of Swift at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards during her acceptance of the best female video award. So there may be some allegiance there.
But it certainly seems that West’s support of Donald Trump – including the artist’s recent pro-Trump rant on “Saturday Night Live,” his appearance at the White House in which he hugged the president, and his saying that wearing his “Make America Great Again” hat made him feel like Superman – is also behind why Kahn feels so strongly about not working with the 21-time Grammy winner.
“I choose who I want to work with,” Kahn answered when asked if it’s been a conscious decision over the years not to work with West. “I have to be very careful what to use my skill set for. Everybody loves to make money, obviously, everybody loves to be comfortable, but you also have to be careful what you put out there. Look, I make silly music videos for a living, but I just want to make sure that I’m being responsible with the power that I’ve been given.”
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