Was Kanye West Not ‘American’ Enough to Perform at the Inauguration?

Ever since Kanye West went from a week-long mental evaluation directly into a meeting with the President-elect of the United States, everyone assumed he was about to be tapped for Secretary of Health and Human Services, or at the very least, performing at the zero hour of America’s cold, orange winter. Except the idea of Kanye performing at the inauguration wasn’t even considered, because of this amazingly coded reason from the chairman of the Presidential Inauguration Committee that doesn’t at all sound like an old white guy trying his best not to use the term “hippity-hop music.” Via Jezebel:

When Burnett asked about the possibility of a Kanye appearance, he sang the artist’s praises but not to the extent that they would include him. Barrack explained, “He’s been great, he considers himself a friend of the president-elect, but it’s not the venue,” continuing, “It’s going to be typically and traditionally American, and Kanye is a great guy, we just haven’t asked him to perform. And we move on with our agenda.”

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