Jimmy Kimmel offers kindness and praise, but many of Kanye West's followers wonder if he's had time to come up with his answer yet.
It was the silence heard round the world after Jimmy Kimmel asked Kanye West if Donald Trump cared about black people this past Thursday night. On Saturday, the rapper set the record straight on what happened via Twitter, insisting he wasn't "stumped."
"Let me clarify the click bait," West wrote in a series of tweets. He expressed praise for how Kimmel conducted himself during the interview, and said that he wasn't given a chance to answer the question before the show threw it to a commercial break. "The question was so important I took time to think," he explained.
West also noted that Kimmel came out wearing Yeezys, West's signature Adidas shoe line. "That was an olive branch. He lead with love," West said, calling Kimmel and his team "Jedi's."
On Jimmy Kimmel we had a great time having a dialogue. I’m reading that I was stumped by a question. Let me clarify the click bait. I wasn’t stumped. I wasn’t given a chance to answer the question.— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) August 11, 2018
The question was so important I took time to think. And then I was hit with the let’s go to commercial break. That interview showed strong personalities with different opinions having a civil conversation.— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) August 11, 2018
I was so happy when I saw Jimmy walk out in the Yeezys. That was an olive branch. He lead with love. I appreciate Jimmy and his team. You guys are Jedi’s. much love.— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) August 11, 2018
The notable moment came after West said that his hope was for more people to approach Trump with "love" instead of hatred. Kimmel followed by saying, "I think that's a beautiful thought, but in literal terms, there are literally families being torn apart as a result of what this president is doing. I think that we cannot forget that whether we like his personality or not, his actions are really what matter.
"You've so famously and so powerfully said, 'George Bush doesn’t care about black people,' it makes me wonder what makes you think that Donald Trump does, or any people at all?"
As West paused to consider his response, Kimmel finally jumped in, saying, "Why don't we take a break." When they returned, they didn't address the question again.
With this defense of his silence coming two days after the initial interview aired, though, many of West's followers found themselves wondering why he still hadn't answered the question. He came right out and said he wasn't given time to give one on Kimmel's show, so why not give that answer via Twitter rather than this excuse?
Kimmel, on the other hand, offered praise and support for West's explanation. And G-Eazy was among those still expecting an answer to Kimmel's question. See their response West's tweets below, followed by more people hoping for West to say if he thinks Trump cares about black people.
Not every question warrants an immediate answer. Some answers need to be considered and a talk show with time constraints is a difficult place to do that. I know how much Kanye cares and I am so impressed by what he is doing quietly and without fanfare to help those who need it https://t.co/wQBsE5v1v2— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) August 12, 2018
We’re all still waiting on your answer, the floor is yours https://t.co/BZD9yFBP54— G-Eazy (@G_Eazy) August 12, 2018
So what is your answer— Anthony (@papasciarappa) August 12, 2018
You were pretty hesitant... and you could have taken this time to answer. pic.twitter.com/OtHIjhi0xu— Helena Brown (@HelenaBsings) August 12, 2018
It would be exceedingly simple to post an answer HERE. Just saying.— Eric Jones (@CartoonJones) August 12, 2018
You didn't require any time to decide slavery was a choice, but a simple query about something you should've already considered (at length) stumps you?— The Hook (@TheTerribleHook) August 12, 2018
I hope you've convinced yourself, Kanye... because you haven't fooled anyone else, that's for certain.
Sooo ... answer it... Now ? pic.twitter.com/qJzRoBMDAS— Virginia’s Very Own ☀️ (@Dxrryl2Times) August 12, 2018
But you still have no answer.— Maysoon (@maysoonzayid) August 12, 2018
Like you haven’t had all the time in the world to answer that question gtfoh— A$AP Ricky (@chapin1542) August 12, 2018
So answer it NOW.— MahaReincess Priebus (@MahaReincess) August 12, 2018
Clickbait? I watched that show. You had plenty of time to answer that question. and you still have not answered here, proving you didn't have an answer.— StealthTweet (@StealthTweet63) August 12, 2018
That is not True. You cocked you head and set there after he asked question. He realized thay the question was not gonna get an immediate response from you so he went to commercial. I would have loved seeing you set there trying to find an answer. He gave you an out.— Marcia Jeanne Mount (@Spyhopper17) August 12, 2018
Which you still haven't really done. How much more friggin time do you need???— L Franklin Young (@CASeminole) August 12, 2018
You was stumped brah. Haha. We all know you don't think before you speak😂— Coco Toribio (@CocoToribio) August 12, 2018
That's usually what happens when you are stumped bro. It's cool. I was stumped about slavery being a choice.— I'm (@KidOnTheCouch) August 12, 2018
Can you answer the question now? I would actually really like to hear your answer after you’ve thought about it.— dani [다니]💜 (@namkachu7) August 12, 2018
Still waiting for that so called civil conversation!!! The floor is all yours!!! pic.twitter.com/xLC8Tm2gAp— Gracie (@Crabcountess) August 12, 2018
You have all the time in the world to answer the question now— west coast reg (@kanye) August 12, 2018
What is the answer then? Are you still thinking?? 😂😂😂— Rhian Elms ✨ (@Rhianyjapany) August 12, 2018
Its never too late to answer the question ye, you can just answer it on twitter.— Dennis McDaniel (@DennisM62004557) August 12, 2018
Gonna answer the question pic.twitter.com/ih2zplE0d7— marcoke lee (@LeeMarcoke) August 12, 2018
Why didn't you answer it after the break? The question was so important, you could've given a more thoughtful answer after break.— KARA Zor-L (@cebyrdjr) August 12, 2018
Damn you still didn’t answer the question 😂— she's yourrrrr (@Queennntobee) August 12, 2018
We waitin' on that answer. pic.twitter.com/Q31FVkApz0— Helena Brown (@HelenaBsings) August 12, 2018
Answer the question now then...Get the caps lock on and tweet away. #dumptrump— Nicola Connor (@NicolaConnor11) August 12, 2018