All Hail the Church of Kanye — Yeezianity
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By calling his latest album Yeezus and dropping a track titled "I Am a God," it seemed as if Kanye West was just begging to be worshiped like a religious figure. Now someone has taken it all a step further by launching Yeezianity, a religion — or at least a "religious" website — based on Kanye West.
Launched last month, and slowly gaining followers, Yeezianity: The Church of Yeezus — like Kanye — isn't modest about its standing, billing itself as "The Best Church of All Time!!!" In the "about" section of the site, it reveals, "We are an anonymous group who believes that the one who call himself Yeezus is a divine being who has been sent by God to usher in a New Age of humanity."
The site also has sections on "Our Savior," "Dogma," "5 Pillars," "Golden Rule," and "Declarations of Faith," and reads like a well-played elaborate prank, but in a recent interview with Noisey, the site's founder didn't let on that it's a joke. When asked if Yeezianity is real, the founder — who has remained anonymous — said, "I believe in what it is, and that's real. But is there a real organized religion behind it? There is not."
However, that doesn't mean that the site's founder — who studied philosophy in college, and has studied a lot of religions (but claims to not be religious himself) — doesn't believe that it can't become something more than a website and an idea. "The idea has yet to get out there," he tells Noisey. "Who knows what could come this way? But it's an idea, and before anything can manifest, it has to start as an idea."
Some of those ideas are kind of interesting. Others are laughable. We'll give Yeezianity credit for their "5 Pillars." Check them out:
1. All things created must be for the good of all.
2. No human being's right to express themselves must ever be repressed.
3. Money is unnecessary except as a means to exchange.
4. Man possesses the power to create everything he wants and needs.
5. All human suffering exists to stimulate the creative powers of Man.
However, we couldn't get past the third entry under "Our Savior" without rolling our eyes so hard we almost got whiplash. "He has shown the world the creative potential of a human being and serves as a model for behavior and ethic." Yeezus Christ, Superstar! We'll give them a pass on that first part about "creative potential" but since when are paparazzi beatdowns "a model for behavior"?
And, we think if the founder of Yeezianity wants all this Yeesanity to take hold, he must follow his "religion's" own guidelines. The "Our Savior" section of the site opens with the words, "His real name is never to be spoken. He is known to us only as Yeezus." And yet the founder of Yeezianity mentions Kanye by his real name at least 10 times in the Noisey interview. What's up with that? If you're going to play it, play it, player.
It all begs the question: WWKD? What would Kanye do?