Steve McQueen Explains the Meaning Behind Kanye West’s Erratic Behavior: ‘He Wants to be a Free Black Man’

IndieWire | 10/16/2018 | Staff
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Kanye West’s polarizing behavior and love of Donald Trump has confounded many of his fans over the last several months, but at least one person understands where the rapper is coming from. Steve McQueen, the Oscar winner behind “12 Years a Slave” and the upcoming “Widows,” knows Kanye West after directing his “All Day/ I Feel That” video, and the director explained to Bossip his interpretation of the rapper’s recent trials and tribulations.

“Listen, I understand Kanye in a way. Well, I think I do, obviously, everyone thinks they understand people and don’t,” McQueen said. “What I’m trying to say is I understand it in a way that he wants to be a free Black man. He wants to be totally free. Free, free. He wants to be FREE.”

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McQueen explained that West’s “idea of being free” manifests in “him having an idea of something that he believes in or him choosing against the majority of people.” West is doing whatever he wants to do, McQueen said, which is how the rapper is proving...
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