Please Clap for Kanye

In Entertainment by Amy Tribolet

In case you have been living under a rock for the past week or have been too busy to keep up with the latest news on social media, one thing you should know is that on Valentine’s Day, Kanye West tweeted that he is $53 million in debt.


While this may or may not be “newsworthy” to you, that tweet and the many others that followed created huge buzz on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook.  In typical Kanye fashion, a series of related and bizarre tweets were later posted that span the past five days or so.

The series of tweets include: those targeting specific wealthy peoples like Mark Zuckerberg, tweets that encourage his fans to subscribe to Tidal for his new album, and even tweets encouraging followers to reach out to Zuckerberg on West’s behalf.


For many, including myself, the news of Kanye being so far in debt was shocking.  However, what seemed most shocking was the fact that he was publically calling out specific peoples like Mark Zuckerberg and then dissing companies and other people (not so specifically).  Not only did Kanye strongly suggest to Zuckerberg that he invest a whopping one billion dollars into Kanye, but then later tweeted a request that Zuckerberg contact him soon.


While Zuckerberg has yet to respond via Twitter to Kanye’s plea, he did like a Facebook post saying, “Dear Kanye West: If you are going to ask the CEO of Facebook for a billion dollars, maybe don’t do it on Twitter.”

Since Kanye’s rant, there have been many memes and other social media content published poking humor and humbling messages at the rapper and fashion designer. Notably, Edward Snowden shut Kanye (and Jeb Bush) down in one tweet.


A perfect example of a more humbling but also humorous meme related to Kanye’s debt is that of the Philadelphia Police Department. In the Facebook meme, seen below, the department offers Kanye the chance to apply for a job so that he can work on paying off his debt. Unfortunately for Kanye, the salary provided would prolong the time frame for getting out of his debt.


This opportunity is just one of the many that have been thrown about online. For those loyal fans, a GoFundMe page was created on Kanye’s behalf, which already has $5,100 raised.

This “meltdown” of Kanye was just one of his many recent tantrums. In addition to the debt tweets, Kanye has been receiving negative attention for his meltdown directed at SNL staff members and twitter feud with Wiz Khalifa and ex Amber Rose, and shrewd comments about Taylor Swift.



About the Author

Amy Tribolet

Amy Tribolet is a fourth-year student with a major in public relations and minor in international development and humanitarian assistance at the University of Florida. She writes for the College of Journalism Distance Education Program and serves as a public relations intern for the Giving Foundation for Children.