Kanye West sparks controversy with tweet about abortion

kanye-westImage Credit: Joe Kohen/WireImage.comNothing is off-limits on Kanye West’s infamously scatterbrained Twitter feed, where the rapper has opined on everything from the genius of Leonard Bernstein to the difficulty of sleeping on fur pillows.

But the scandal-prone pop star may have a fresh controversy on his hands thanks to a recent tweet about the hot-button topic of abortion. Warning: West’s opinions and language may be offensive to some readers, so continue reading at your own discretion.

In a tweet posted late last night, West writes “an abortion can cost a ballin’ n—-s up to 50gs maybe a 100. Gold diggin’ b—-es be getting pregnant on purpose. #STRAPUP my n—-s!” He followed it shortly after with what appears to be an addendum: “It ain’t happen to me but I know people.”

The message incited strong reactions from many of West’s Twitter readers, including outspoken singer Lily Allen. “[N]ever has a tweet put me in such a bad mood,” she tweeted earlier today in reference to West’s post. “This is wrong on so many levels.”

In what seems to be an ill-timed coincidence, the previous post on West’s Twitter feed was a picture of pop prince Justin Bieber, who recently landed in hot water over a Rolling Stone news item that quoted him saying, “I really don’t believe in abortion. … I think [an embryo] is a human. It’s like killing a baby.” The magazine later stated that the quote was incomplete; the full version, which was printed in their current cover story on Bieber, includes the following: “Um. Well, I think that’s really sad [referring to abortion in the case of rape], but everything happens for a reason. I don’t know how that would be a reason. I guess I haven’t been in that position, so I wouldn’t be able to judge that.”

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  • damw

    people really like to create controversy where there is none. must be a slow news day.

    • DRG

      At least EW is covering something besides 14,286 stories a day on Lady Ca Ca.

      • Well…

        We want MORE Gaga!!!

      • Jay

        MORE GAGA!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Kanye

        More Gagging.

      • DRG

        More Ca Ca!

      • Ian

        When Gaga releases a video of her gagging on little Kanye, I might give her 30 seconds of my attention. til then, I’d rather listen to Yoko Ono and Fran Drescher scream the phonebook into my ears while watching Alf reruns than listen to Lady Caca.

      • Nick T

        Gaga FTW. This post isn’t even about her, but you’re still talking about her

      • polly jean

        Oh my god! Her name is GaGa and you said CA CA. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA oh wait what I meant to say is you’re a moron.

    • bfd

      First off, he’s wrong. An abortion would prevent his, um, friends, from having to shell out thousands. What is even cheaper, CONDOMS!!!!

      But yet again, this is further proof that Kanye is a very ignorant person.

      • Zakry

        He is ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. BFD, I am not even sure what you are disagreeing with – Kanye said “strapup” (he meant wear a condom) and the kind of women he is referring to will certainly not get an abortion when the goal is to produce a child so the ballers will have to pay child support (duh) – and its not like men can MAKE women get an abortion, so what is it you disagree with exactly? I think your ignorance is showing here.

      • Jenene

        He advised men to wear a condom. Don’t see the problem with his statement either. He said it in a crass way, but if you think groupies are not in the babymaking business you’re very naive.

      • Mark

        No, he’s wrong. Pregnancies can cost 50g-100g, abortions would cost the man nothing because the child support would be moot. He is saying Abortions cost a guy 50-100g. No. The LACK of an abortion costs that much.

      • Heather

        I think Kanye means that a woman would ask for lots of money to agree to an abortion. Obviously, actually having and raising a kid would cost more. But if you are someone that doesn’t mind purposely getting pregnant by a rich man, and agreeing to have an abortion for a cash payoff, why keep the baby if it was about money in the first place? It wasn’t an accident, it was on purpose for a specific purpose. That mean green!

        Wow, if he rephrased his comment it would not make him like a d0uche, but would make the women look d0uchy!

    • who cares

      I dont think he said anything untrue, are any of you females really going to sit here and say that there are not girls out there who get knocked up on purpose for financial reasons? Cause if you really think that your dumb and need to grow up. Its clearly not all females and thats not what he said. He even singled them out as gold diggers and if you can admit that there are in FACT gold digger in this world then what is wrong with what he said?

      Also Just Bieber is like what 13 or 14 years old? He should keep his little kid moron mouth shut on topics he knows nothing about. Go get some life experience before you run off at the mouth…little brat.

      • SaraJ

        I don’t feel bad for those men at all. You sleep around, that’s what happens. ANYTIME you have sex with a woman, be prepared to have a baby with her. It could happen, and no woman should be expected to “kill” a human being if she’s not comfortable with that.
        These famous men think power equates sleeping with random women; well, that’s what you get. Get in a trusting relationship and you won’t have this problem.

    • who cares

      I dont think he said anything untrue, are any of you females really going to sit here and say that there are not girls out there who get knocked up on purpose for financial reasons? Cause if you really think that your dumb and need to grow up. Its clearly not all females and thats not what he said. He even singled them out as gold diggers and if you can admit that there are in FACT gold digger in this world then what is wrong with what he said?

      Also Just Bieber is like what 13 or 14 years old? He should keep his little kid moron mouth shut on topics he knows nothing about. Go get some life experience before you run off at the mouth…..little brat.

    • AcaseofGeo

      Kanye’s right here; Women DO get pregnant by rich celebrities on purpose. But his indictment should be more on the promiscuous sexual practices of those doing the “ballin” cuz they are just as much to blame.

    • Justin

      I haven’t loved an artist like I do GAGA since MJ. She is wicked talented! Kanye is the man! :)

      • Alberto

        Are the Gregory Brothers on this? I know that they sing “The Key of Awesome” at the end of the reualgr vids.

  • Sarah

    Kanye has a right to his opinion. However, complaining about abortion because it costs money is a whole other matter.

    • liz

      wait. where in the world does an abortion cost 50k(or G’s)? and i just not getting it? was he kidding? abortions cost around $400-600. however, if some girl is telling him to fork over $50,000 for an abortion, thats hilarious. and if he believes that, then he deserves to lose the money.

      • liz

        *am i

      • Barry

        liz, I think he’s talking about how much the women have to be paid to have the abortion, not just the cost of the abortion itself.

      • Hey Now!!!

        Kanye is talking about that the women are saying either pay them 50 grand for an abortion or they will have the kid and sue the dude for child support.

      • liz

        ugh. women are gross. sure, not all of them, i mean i am pretty great, but then i have never charged a guy tens of thousands of dollars for an abortion. i mean i am pro-choice and all, but jesus. women are gross.

      • scott

        liz, i don’t know if you’re joking, but you should be ashamed of yourself for saying that. maybe you want to win some popularity contest with the boys so some of their gender privilege will rub off on you cause you’re JUST ONE O THE GUYS, but don’t throw other women under the bus. victims continue to get blamed for sexual assaults, and you aren’t helping.

  • Fossil

    How can you even get mad at this it’s so stupid?

    • TQB

      Totally agree. Next.

  • The Masked Grammaro

    How is this man a success? Ridiculous opinions aside, he can barely string together a coherent sentence. Isn’t it something when uneducated morons can become multimillionaires?

    • Freakanaycha

      Really, what do you do for a living?

      • matt

        lol

    • MT

      Still, he made the list for Will&Kate’s royal wedding. How U doin?
      I’m a woman and what Kanye says is as correct as the fact that a lot of men lie to women just for the sake of sleeping with them. He’s stating a fact, that’s all.
      People are either overreacting either having a real slow day. His statement won’t stop golddiggers to dig deeper or beautiful liars to lie to women over and over again. NEXT!

    • george

      Why is this man a success? Oh right, no reason…just that he makes Grammy-winning music and currently has the 2010 album of the year from several media publications.

  • kittykat

    It’s Kanye, his name is synonymous with douche, so it’s to be expected.

  • @damw

    It’s more like West loves to create controversy to continue being talked about and thus, sell a few more records and appear “relevant”. Meh.

  • Derek

    Youre all over reacting…He was tweeting lost lyrics to “gold digger”

    • Ash

      Don’t you love how ALL of the tweets around that tweet are conveniently ignored? Thanks for clearing that up for us.

      • Bety

        kbemmrlyannia on August 24, 2011 It sounds intresting. please send me both of the links, the money survey one & freebie one!! thanks!

    • Cat

      That’s what I thought when I first read it.

  • Ash

    Anything is a controversy in this day and age. As far as Lily Allen and her instant bad mood – girl bye. Did Kanye say he’s a baby killer? No. Although it was incoherent, basic reading comprehension will let you know that is not what he said. People need to stop worrying so much about the next person and focus on themselves. The more blogs and the media feed into b.s. the more b.s. we get. Hello?

    • Elmo

      And here you are commenting on it.Hypocrisy?Hello?Goodbye!

  • HaHa

    What an idiot.

  • UGH

    Whatever happened to the crackdown on the use of the N-word?

  • Jeeze

    $50,000 for an abortion??!! He really needs to shop around.

    • llevinso

      Seriously.

    • Buffy Freak

      I think he’s referring to how much these guys have t pay the women to have an abortion rather than heva to pay them child support for 18 years. Seems like a bargain comparitively.

      • Amy

        I mean really!

  • Tha Phoenix

    He was tweeting lyrics from Gold Digger. Dear God. Next time, let’s have some context.

    *files nails*

    • The Tucson

      No, he wasn’t.

      • Zahrra

        TheIthomasscully on September 11, 2011 I kinda wanna bnkchaad you square across the face. You just give off that kinda vibe

  • JT

    It’s so poorly written, I’m not even sure what he’s trying to say.

    • davey

      Exactly what I was thinking. I tried to piece it together and just said…”eh, it’s just Kanye”.

    • Holly

      My thoughts exactly.

    • harry

      Exactly what the hell was he saying? I couldn’t understand.

  • Kana

    I don’t follow Kanye but he can have an opinion on abortion. The most important part he said is having safe sex with a condom everytime. I don’t know where and why an abortion would cost 50 to 100 K but I’m not a rapper with diamond bottom teeth.

  • Jamal

    You can get abortions for free from Planned Parenthood if you tell them you’re poor.

    • liz

      no you dont. dont be an idiot.

      • Zil

        No, it’s true.

    • LOL

      Get in the kitchen and make me a pot pie!

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