Kanye West hasn’t been shy about expressing his disdain for Saturday Night Live actor Pete Davidson, his now ex-wife Kim Kardashian’s current beau. In January, a mere three months after Kardashian started linking up the 28-year-old comedian, Kanye dropped The Game-assisted single “Eazy” in which he threatens Davidson with physical violence.
“Boujee and unruly, y’all need to do some chores,” he raps. “Rich ass kids, this ain’t yo mama’s house/Climb on your brother’s shoulders, get that top ramen out/God saved me from that crash/Just so I can beat Pete Davidson’s ass (Who?)/And my new bitch bad, I know Illuminati mad.”
On Wednesday (March 2), Kanye returned with a Celebrity Deathmatch-esque visual for the track that includes a cartoon Pete Davidson getting decapitated and buried alive. The clip starts off with an animated version of Kanye’s childhood home engulfed in flames with The Game and Ye rhyming over the beat. Soon, the fictional Davidson appears smoking a cigarette and a bag is placed over his head. Ye then drives him to a deserted pile of dirt and buries everything but his head.
Unsurprisingly, Kanye West’s video didn’t go over too well, with some people finding it distasteful. As one person tweeted, “It breaks my heart to think of Pete rn bc like Nick Cannon said days ago, Pete Davidson is such a delicate and loving person. what Kanye’s doing is so disgusting and immature.”
Another person chimed in, “Pete literally has spoken about having BPD and being suicidal, does Kanye not have a team that needs to approve this shit? They’re literally exploiting one mentally ill man (Kanye) to upset another (Pete) all for some clout.”
That was only the beginning. Someone else compared Kanye to Donald Trump, saying, “Kanye West decapitating Pete Davidson in his new music video is absolutely disgusting and pathetic. The man’s 44 and having a completely one-sided feud with this guy to this extreme, it’s vile and so uncomfortable to witness unfold. He needs to be de-platformed like Trump.”
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Par for the course, there were a few who didn’t take issue with Kanye West’s choice of artistic expression.
“Eminem has a whole music video out depicting domestic kidnapping & a murder-suicide with real humans acting it out & he just performed at the super bowl but god forbid Kanye uses clay figures depicting planting Pete in the dirt with some flowers,” one wrote, while another said, “People losing their minds over a music video are the same people who say ‘Pete’s SNL monologue on Kanye was just comedy and not that big of a deal.'”
Kanye recently called out SNL creator Lorne Michaels and Pete Davidson for a skit that found Davidson mocking him.
“Kanye, I know you’re like, ‘This is the real me, I’m off the meds,’” Davidson said in the clip. “Take ’em. No shame in the medicine game. I’m on ’em. It’s great. Take ’em. There’s nothing wrong with taking ’em. If I ever got on a plane and the pilot said, ‘I just want all of you to know this is the real me flying,’ I’d jump out. Being mentally ill is not an excuse to act like a jackass.”
Kanye West wrote in the caption, “This boy thought he could get away with performing this sketch for the team that wrote this for him. This is not harassment. This is payback.” He added in a since-deleted Instagram post, “Someone always telling you you’re crazy can drive someone crazy. That’s the gaslighting. That’s the harassment.
“The liberals have tried to discredit me for 20 years. Page 6, TMZ and SNL are a gang. That gang has tried to bully harass control discredit minimize and patronize me for years. They are Godless.”