Kanye West's first presidential campaign ad mocked as 'unbelievably sad' and 'eerily close' to 30 Rock clip
KANYE West's first presidential campaign advertisement has been mocked as "unbelievably sad" and "eerily close" to a clip from TV sitcom 30 Rock.
The superstar rapper shared his one-minute and 22-second video to Twitter on Monday afternoon.
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The footage, which has since received more than one million views, shows Ye speaking in front of a black-and-white American flag and talking about "our nation's commitment to faith."
The ad starts with West questioning: "What is America’s destiny? What is best for our nation?
"Our people? What is just, true justice?"
He added: "We have to think about all these things together as a people.
“To contemplate our future, to live up to our dream, we must have vision."
Images of West's family, the bible, space, firefighters, and clips of what appears to be families in America also were shown throughout the video.
West, who is married to Kim Kardashian, finished up his speech by saying: "We will build a stronger country by building stronger families.
"Families are the building blocks of society, of a nation.
“By turning to faith, we will be the kind of nation, the kind of people God intends us to be."
In response to the new ad, one critic tweeted: "The entire Kanye situation is just so unbelievably sad."
Another social media user responded: "He needs medication and someone close to him to care about him.
"They all seem to just want to encourage his insanity and profit off it, and only begin to push back when it becomes too dangerous."
"Kanye I love you but stick to music. Politics is not your field," said another Twitter user.
Some ad viewers have also noticed that West's ad resembles a 30 Rock episode that shows Tracy Jordan – a fiction character on the comedy played by Tracy Morgan – filming an advertisement to urge black Americans not to vote.
"The Simpsons predicted Trump's presidency, but 30 Rock came eerily close with this Kanye political ad," one Twitter user wrote, alongside a photo of Tracy Jordan – also speaking in front of an American flag.
In response to the 30 Rock comparison, another user tweeted: "Except 30 Rock makes people laugh. Kanye is just depressing."
In the 30 Rock episode, Jordan – staring directly into the camera – urged black Americans not to vote, saying: "Don't vote. Just don't do it. In the amount of time it can take for you to vote, you can play three games of pool!"
Other social media users slammed the rapper for promoting religion.
One tweet read: "Holy s**t, his actual "platform" page QUOTES THE BIBLE?
"That is some radical christian supremacist s**t—we don't need more of that in america."
In addition to the video ad, which was also posted to the Kanye 2020 website, West has come up with a new line of pricey promotion products.
Some of the listed items include: "Vote Kanye" hats and sweaters, a GOD SAVE AMERICA T-shirt, and a purple Kanye 2020 Vision hat and sweater.
Ye's presidential platfom was also listed in numerical order from one to ten.
The number one plan on his platform reads: "Restore faith and revive our constitutional commitment to freedom and religion and the free exercise of one's faith, demonstrated by restoring prayer in the classroom including spiritual foundations."
Kanye first announced on the Fourth of July that he running for president.
He tweeted: “We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future.
“I am running for president of the United States Flag of United States!"
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