Kanye West wasn't lying about being one of the most influential people of this generation. We're not quite sure Yeezus knew he'd inspire a religion. Yeezianity to be specific. VICE's Noisey blog managed to get a hold of the founder of The Church of Yeezus for an interview. And yes, he is dead serious about it.
The founder opted to remain anonymous, but revealed that he launched an ad on Craigslist to gain membership, and in order to become a member of Yeezianity, all you have to do is believe in the five principles that govern the group. These are the “5 Pillars”:
1. All things created must be for the good of all
2. No human being’s right to express themselves must ever be repressed
3. Money is unnecessary except as a means of exchange
4. Man possesses the power to create everything he wants and needs
5. All human suffering exists to stimulate the creative powers of Man
Here's a telling excerpt from the interview:
First question: Is Yeezianity for real?
I believe in what it is, and that's real. But is there a real organized religion behind it? There is not. At first, I thought about putting on that it was—I thought that'd be more viral or whatever—but I'm not going to be able to uphold that. So right now, it's just an idea. I only created this a month ago, so we'll see where it goes. The idea has yet to get out there. Who knows what could come this way? But it's an idea, and before anything can manifest, it has to start as an idea. In a lot of ways, after I created it, I reflected on it and thought that this was just a rehashing of Christianity, but just throwing Yeezus instead of Jesus.
And you know what? That's why I felt Kanye did it. He just put the name there. Jesus has all this baggage and all these connotations, and Yeezus is this new thing—and that's why I say in the "Our Savior" part of the site, "We don't speak of his public persona." Because Yeezus is when Kanye elevates to that God-level, which I feel like we all have the potential to do. That's why if it takes off, in the future, people would forget Kanye and his antics, and instead focus on what the message is.
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