Best Music Controversy
Local designer launches GoFundMe for Kanye
"I write this to you my brothers while still $53 million dollars in personal debt ... please pray we overcome... this is my true heart...." So tweeted global superstar Kanye West in February, an admission that won zero sympathy with 99.9 percent of people in the world. He's the husband to Forbes' No. 33 highest-paid celebrity, after all. Among those in the sliver of a percentage that felt Yeezy's pain? Twin Cities designer Jeremy Piatt, who drew the internet's ire when he inexplicably crowd-funded $6,954 via a GoFundMe campaign that read, "Kanye West, prolific entertainer/fashion icon/celebrity/member of the Kardashian family needs our help!" Mercifully, Kanye's camp refused the aid package, and Piatt offered to donate the cash to charity or dole out refunds. Thus concluded a dumb, dumb chapter in Minnesota-affiliated pop-culture controversy.