Kanye West defended Michael Jackson in a conversation with rapper Pharrell Williams on the pages of i-D Magazine.
The hip-hop star noted that Jackson and Williams helped bring new facets of black culture to the general public.
“I had the feeling that you were breaking the foundations in the same way as Michael Jackson did in the previous generation,” said husband Kim Kardashian, referring to Williams.
He condemned the attitude of the yellow press towards Jackson, which humiliated the singer, calling him “Wacko Jacko” (a similar term meant a cockney monkey) following the example of The Sun.
“He kissed Elvis Presley’s daughter on MTV. We fought all night long, and Michael did very different things that we were not used to. He bought the rights to the Beatles songs,” West added.
In his opinion, the performer of the famous “moonwalk” deserves to be treated with great respect. The 2019 film Leaving Neverland, in which two men claim to have been sexually abused by a singer as children, was criticized by the hip-hop performer.
“No media campaigns, no social networks, and even more so documentaries, should not throw our heroes off the pedestals,” West said.