Fans are still divided on Ye, the eighth album from Kanye West which he debuted with a listening party broadcast from Jackson Hole, Wyoming last Thursday and later on Spotify, iTunes, and Tidal. Many are reluctant to forgive West so easily for his sudden vocal support of President Trump and subsequent remarks about slavery being a “choice”—which he says caused him to completely retool the album in response to the backlash.
Perhaps to offer an explanation of his recent behavior, or even to elicit empathy, the cover of Ye reads “I hate being Bi-Polar it’s awesome,” in a bright green scribble font superimposed over a photo of a Wyoming mountain range. (West also apparently also took the photo himself with his iPhone on the way to the listening party.)
Completely apart from everything else, the cover of Ye seemed ripe for memes, but Kanye beat everyone to the punch by releasing a meme generator—or, “yenerator,” if you will—on Twitter Saturday evening that allowed fans to create their own Ye album cover.
“Write whatever you feel like,” the page offers, with an option to save your image. And not surprisingly, both fans and critics took him up on it, as you can see in the various responses to his tweet.
— Patrick (@paa_trick_) June 2, 2018
Of course, some were more creative than others.
— ✨Emily✨ (@emily__soto) June 2, 2018
The Seinfeld Current Day account got into the fun, which resulted in them getting … blocked for some reason?
— Seinfeld Current Day (@Seinfeld2000) June 1, 2018
ARE YOU KIDDING ME pic.twitter.com/PYe4u2XLLK
— Seinfeld Current Day (@Seinfeld2000) June 2, 2018
One person made an apparent reference to the “Fishsticks” episode of South Park with a Little Nemo quote:
— Jared (@3away_J) June 3, 2018
Whether or not this is a sufficient apology to fans remains to be seen, but for now, it’s clear that ‘Ye isn’t going anywhere.