Kanye West Launches Into Wild Rant, Ends Sacramento Show After 30 Minutes | NBC Bay Area

Kanye West Launches Into Wild Rant, Ends Sacramento Show After 30 Minutes

Rapper follows two abbreviated shows with cancellation of a scheduled Sunday concert in the Los Angeles area



    (Published Monday, Nov. 21, 2016)

    Kanye West did it again.

    Just days after halting his live show in San Jose to sound off with a politically-based diatribe, the hip-hop sensation pulled a similar stunt in the Golden State's capital city Saturday night. But this time, West shocked fans and checked out of the venue just 30 minutes after he arrived.

    Then on Sunday, the rapper canceled a scheduled show in the Los Angeles area just hours before it was supposed to start.

    On Saturday, West took to his now-customary elevated stage at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento 90 minutes after his expected arrival, treated crowds to a few songs before diving into a vehement rant ranging in topics anywhere from castigating Facebook for being laden with lies and dissing Hillary Clinton to scolding Beyonce for stealing the MTV spotlight and chiding Jay-Z for not returning his calls. Once he capped the verbal outburst, he dropped the mic and was out.

    On Sunday night, Ticketmaster announced that West's show at the Forum in the Los Angeles suburb of Inglewood, California, was canceled. The ticket vendor gave no explanation for the cancellation. Ticketmaster tweeted, however, that tickets purchased by phone and internet were refunded.

    Experts say Sunday morning talk shows are no longer the platform for politics. Nowadays, it's everywhere, especially in entertainment venues that use to be our break from reality.

    "The media created this because they saw it got ratings," said Professor Dona, who teaches communications at San Jose State.

    Dona fears random political outbursts and opinionated tweets, especially from a future president, is the new norm.

    "This is the first time that politics has been looked at as something entertaining, and everyone is watching the show," she said.

    This isn't the first time a celebrity has been politically driven. In fact, there's a long list of stars, many from California, have stepped into politics, from Ronald Reagan to Sonny Bono to Arnold Schwarzenegger, to name a few.

    Experts say since we're more connected to stars through social media, those celebrities feel more compelled to express political views anywhere.

    Kanye concertgoer Patrick Hernandez, who actually managed to snap a quick selfie-style video with West in the middle of a downtown street following the musician's exit, said that fans were yelling at West to "shut up or to sing" during the tirade.

    That unrest continued on social media hours after the show came to a sudden close.

    "I've been getting a lot of messages on Twitter, replies to my video about people saying why I didn't punch (West) or why I didn't ask him why he left so early," Hernandez said.

    Hernandez's guess as to why West called it quits is simply that he wasn't having it with the Northern California crowd.

    "I have a feeling he probably left early because he may have felt the negative energy in the arena, meaning that he probably felt that people weren't agreeing with him and maybe he felt like he had no reason to continue the show," Hernandez said.

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