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Music video director Joseph Kahn says he’ll never work with Kanye West



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Kanye West and his wife
Kim Kardashian West.

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  • Music video director Joseph Kahn said he would “absolutely
    not” work with Kanye West.
  • He compared the culture that surrounds West and his wife Kim
    Kardashian to being “hand and hand with the Trump world” as both
    have a “lack of thought.”


Music video director Joseph Kahn has worked with some of the most
polarizing artists ever to hit the music scene over his almost
30-year career, including Lady Gaga and Eminem, but he said he
draws the line when it comes to Kanye West.

Business Insider asked Kahn if he would ever agree to direct a
music video for West if he was asked: “No, absolutely not,” he

“I find the Kanye/Kardashian culture so — to me it’s hand in hand
with the Trump world,” Kahn said, while promoting his latest
feature film, “Bodied” (which opens in theaters on Friday and
will be available on YouTube November 28). “There’s a lack of
thought that’s masquerading as thought. It’s using the power of
brand as the power of thought. And if anything, I’m so immersed
in the power of brands, I try to put thought in the brands and I
don’t see thought going on there. I just see crazy people
flinging around and just trying to make money and call it

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Joseph Kahn.

Another artist Kahn works with regularly is Taylor Swift
(directed music videos for “Wildest Dreams” and “…Ready For
It?” among others), who has never had the best relationship with
West since his legendary on-stage interruption of Swift at the
2009 MTV Video Music Awards while she accepted the best female
video award. So there may be some allegiance there. But it
certainly seems that West’s support of Donald Trump — including
the artist’s recent
pro-Trump rant on “Saturday Night Live,”
followed by his
appearance at the White House where he
hugged the president
and said that wearing the “Make America
Great Again” hat made him feel like Superman — is also behind why
Kahn feels so strongly about not working with the 21-time Grammy

“I choose who I want to work with,” Kahn answered, when asked if
it’s been a conscious decision over the years not to work with
West. “I have to be very careful what to use my skill set for.
Everybody loves to make money, obviously, everybody loves to be
comfortable, but you also have to be careful what you put out
there. Look, I make silly music videos for a living, but I just
want to make sure that I’m being responsible with the power that
I’ve been given.”

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