This story is bittersweet; the actual meat of it is hilarious, but the fact that it’s unfortunately about the death of one of the great world leaders is the sad part. Here’s what happened: this satirical website called The Daily Currant posted a jokey news piece that contained some “quotes” from Kanye West about Nelson Mandela‘s passing. It was all supposed to be in good fun, but then several South African newspapers reported the quotes like they were true, which is a hot mess.
Here’s what Kanye “said”:
“Mandela was working in South Africa, which has, like what, six people? I started my magic here in the USA and then I took my business global… I liberate minds with my music. That’s more important than liberating a few people from apartheid or whatever.”