Kanye West keeping his mouth shut? It's much less fun
It appears that the loudest mouth in hip-hop -- and that is saying something -- is trying something new: Not talking. At all. Not tweeting, not taking questions on red carpets, not even speaking during officially arranged interviews.
For a man who loves the sound of his own voice -- to the point where he interrupts other celebrities during their award show speeches -- this is uncharted territory.
The Great Silence of 2011 actually began last November, soon after West met with Matt Lauer for an interview on "Today." The interview, let’s just say, got contentious. The heat later spilled over into Twitter, with West piling up his signature exclamation points of outrage. ("Everything sounds like noise!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! EVERYTHING SOUNDS LIKE NOISE!!!!!!!! I don't trust anyone!")
Then after the noise -- nothing. Well, almost nothing. It took awhile for West to wind down his Twitter account, but wind it down he eventually did. He has been silent on that medium since March, and on red carpets too. During an appearance at the CDFA Awards on Monday, West talked to other celebrities on the carpet, but not the media. Unless it was to tell the media that he wasn’t telling.
"Sorry,” he told E! Online, shaking his head. “I don't do interviews."
And back in January, there was the silent interview. Yes, really. At a reception featuring artist George Condo, who did the album art for West's "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy," West emerged to stand by the artist’s side. New York magazine tried asking the rapper a few questions. An elegant kabuki dance of an interview ensued.
We here at the Ministry aren't sure how long West can keep this up without dissolving into a couture-clad puddle of despair. (West is nothing if not well-dressed.) After all, just this week the guy put out a new video almost custom-built for the morning talk-show circuit: chainsaws, decapitated models, the whole nine. And yet, all we've gotten is a disclaimer at the front of the video, saying that the piece should be judged as art, nothing more.
-- Leslie Gornstein
Photo: Kanye West at the CFDA Fashion Awards. Credit: Andrew H. Walker / Getty Images