Rapper Kanye West's bid for US President cost him £9million for just 60,000 votes
IT’S the global event of the year, even amid the chaos of 2020, as Americans select the new leader of the free world.
While the biggest TV networks and media organisations screened wall-to-wall coverage of Donald Trump's battle with Joe Biden — the political heavyweights missed a crucial story.
In today’s unlikely 0 special edition of Bizarre, I’m firing a laser-sharp spotlight on to a candidate who makes even The Donald look tame — Kanye West.
While his race for the White House may have tailed off after a single rally, in which he promised to reorganise America based on the fictional kingdom of Wakanda from the superhero movie Black Panther if he made it to the Oval Office, I couldn’t let the rapper’s bold grab for power slide below the radar.
Especially since his efforts cost him almost £9million, according to official paperwork.
That breaks down as nearly £150 for each of the roughly 60,000 votes across 12 states in the US, which doesn’t seem like a particularly good return on his investment.
He did manage to land one freebie, however, in Wyoming, where he voted for himself by scrawling his name on the ballot paper.
Presumably using a wax crayon.
His most impressive haul came in Tennessee where, at time of going to press, he had pulled in a not wholly embarrassing 10,258 votes.
The rapper was also a hit in Colorado where the electorate handed him a further 6,274, presumably because it was one of the first states to allow people to get legally stoned on cannabis, though his overall percentage nationally struggled to reach 0.03 per cent. Ouch.
Kanye shouldn’t have struggled for support given that there are seemingly hundreds of members of the Kardashian family alone to tick his box.
But when it came to polling day, relatives including wife Kim Kardashian and her legion of siblings were notably silent on social media, where they boast about a billion followers between them.
Kanye told his 30million Twitter followers of his own voting intentions on Tuesday, saying: “It’s for someone I truly trust, me,” and posting a picture of his name on the ballot paper.
Not long afterwards he appeared to concede his bid was over in dignified fashion — by posting a promotion for Kanye West 2024.
Sadly it seems we’re going to have to wait at least four more years for President Kanye and First Lady Kim.
Which is a big shame. We could use a laugh.
KANYE’S sister-in-law Khloe Kardashian was eager to console her 28.6million Twitter followers on the morning after the election.
She wrote: “I am seeing that so many people were unable to sleep because of the elections. Even people not from this country. Many are riddled with nerves.
“Try to take care of yourselves today – 30 mins of praying or meditation may help. We will all get through this together."
Don’t worry, Khloe – Kanye didn’t win.
Lizzo's stripe tease
FORGET the Stars and Stripes, it was Stars and Cripes when Lizzo posted this half-naked snap on Instagram.
She got a stylist to fashion the American flag into a suit, which covered just one side of her body as she tried to encourage fans to vote.
Last week the singer was pictured in a patriotic bra.
Lizzo, who didn’t put a tick in the box for Kanye, urged her 9.4million Instagram followers to go with their hearts when it came to the ballot.
She wrote a lengthy message and added: “Stay in line, stay determined.”
Gaga's Pa for Trump
LADY Gaga and her dad Joe are usually closer than close – but when it comes to politics they are clearly poles apart.
A day after the Oscar- winning singer was blasted by Donald Trump’s team for backing his rival, restaurant owner Joe gave his public support for the President.
He tweeted: “@RealDonaldTrump 2020. You may have noticed my political and spiritual beliefs are different. Liberty and freedom of choice would not be political.”
Gaga was rounded on by Trump’s communications director Tim Murtaugh at the start of the week after she spoke at a rally for his opponent Joe Biden.
She was accused of being an “anti-fracking activist”, despite having never made her feelings known about the issue.
The statement said: “Nothing exposes Joe Biden’s disdain for the forgotten working men and women of Pennsylvania like campaigning with anti-fracking activist Lady Gaga. Joe Biden will always prioritise the desires of the liberal Hollywood elite and the radical left.”
Gaga hit back and asked: “What’s fracking?” Before adding: “Hey Tim, Hey @realDonaldTrump, so happy to be living rent free in your head.”
Gaga: One. Trump: Nil.
LIL Wayne got dumped by his girlfriend Denise Bidot after declaring support for Trump.
They have unfollowed each other on social media and sources claimed the rapper’s support for the Republican was a part of it.
Brit of festive cheer
BRITNEY Spears hasn’t had a Top 40 hit in the UK for five years – but that could soon change.
The singer has been on a hiatus from music.
But I’ve learned record label RCA is hoping to give her 2000 festive single My Only Wish (This Year) a major push in the hope that it will become a modern Christmas classic.
An insider said: “Britney is still on a break from music so she won’t be doing performances or anything major to promote the song.
“But her label wanted to celebrate it as a great festive song and are hoping people will discover it if they didn’t already know it.
“Among the plans to promote it is the release of it on vinyl for the first time, but some fans are a bit sceptical about the reasons behind it.”
It has already been bigged up this year by Meghan Trainor, who has covered the song for her record A Very Trainor Christmas.
Last year, Mariah Carey's All I Want For Christmas got a similar boost with a promotional campaign that eventually got it to No1 in the US.
After the court battles and family issues Britney has endured over the past two years, I’m sure some chart success will brighten her festive season.
It mutt be love
SHAWN Mendes and Camila Cabello have taken their romance to the next level – by getting a dog together.
The couple, who have been an item since last summer, shared photos online of their new Labrador, who they have named Tarzan.
It should mean there’s someone else to inspire Shawn, who said his new album Wonder – and all his other tunes – are about the Havana singer.
A Foo clues
THE FOO Fighters have teased that their next album is just around the corner.
They put up signs of initials “FF” and “X” – the Roman numeral for ten – in various spots across the US.
One fan posted a snap on Instagram, writing: “New 10th FF album spoiler at Las Palmas x Hollywood Boulevard.”
The record follows the band’s 2017 release Concrete And Gold.
Frontman Dave Grohl said in February that the follow-up was complete.
Breaking the rules
NO one could have expected this curveball from Emily Ratajkowski.
The model, who is normally only ever seen mostly naked, broke all her usual rules and actually wore clothes that covered her entire body.
She left her home in New York to walk her dog wearing tatty jeans, puffer jacket hat – and a face mask.
First Kanye, now this.
ARIANA Grande made her feelings known after the voting and unleashed a scathing review of modern politics.
The singer, who is due to go to No1 tomorrow with her album Positions, said on the Zach Sang Show: “I really hope that we’re able to make a difference and take back our power this year.
“How are we going to get this right for a country that is made up of so many different, diverse, beautiful people if the whole s**t is being run by straight, white, old men?”
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