This weekend, American TV viewers were invited into a special called A Concert for Hurricane Relief on NBC. It featured splendid performances from Harry Connick Jr., Wynton Marsalis, and more. It also featured some celebrity special messages. And, during rapper Kanye West’s few minutes on the air next to Mike Myers, American viewers got to hear some unfiltered political views about their president. Now, check out this excerpt from a Billboard story:
“Appearing two-thirds through the program, [Kanye West] claimed ‘George Bush doesn’t care about black people’ and said America is set up ‘to help the poor, the black people, the less well-off as slow as possible.’
The show, simulcast from New York on NBC, MSNBC, CNBC and Pax, was aired live to the East Coast, enabling the Grammy-winning rapper’s outburst to go out uncensored. There was a several-second tape delay, but the person in charge ‘was instructed to listen for a curse word, and didn’t realize [West] had gone off-script,’ said an NBC spokesperson.”
Now, the fact that an NBC spokesperson claims they “didn’t realize he had gone off-script” when he said “George Bush doesn’t care about black people,” means that perhaps there’s still hope for the Big Three networks after all.