"I understand the need to pander, but I don't think you two even know who you're pandering to," Noah said. "Kanye, man. Do your research...Just look at the things Ben Carson says."
Then Noah hit Yeezy with this Carson snippet:
“Because of our faith, because of our family, because of our values, and as we allow the hip-hop community to destroy those things for us, we continue to deteriorate.”
After playing the soundbite, Noah continued:
"I'm sure Dr. Ben Carson could find something he likes about hip-hop," he said. "For example, the rampant homophobia. You see? You guys have more in common than you think."
Last week, Yeezy spoke with Vanity Fair about Carson. “As soon as I heard [Ben] Carson speak, I tried for three weeks to get on the phone with him," Yeezus said. "I was like this is the most brilliant guy."
Apparently, they did speak. Here's what Ben Carson had to say about their meeting:
“I did have an opportunity to talk with him," he explained. "I was extremely impressed with his business acumen. He knows a lot about business. I talked to him about the possibility of maybe himself and some of the other people in pop culture doing some music that might be uplifting that might give young women a sense of their value and young men a sense of responsibility. I think it could be a tremendous thing in our society."
Noah’s commentary regarding Carson and homophobia may have been inspired by the retired neurosurgeon’s recent CNN interview where he said he “absolutely” believes that homosexuality is a choice.
“A lot of people go into prison straight -- and when they come out, they're gay,” he said.
Carson later apologized for his comments.
Kanye has also spoken about homosexuality but in a different manner. In 2005, Yeezy spoke to MTV News about his anger towards homophobia in hip-hop.
“Everybody in hip-hop discriminates against gay people,” he said, getting visibly upset. “Matter of fact, the exact opposite word of ’hip-hop,’ I think, is ’gay.’ You play a record and if it’s wack, ’That’s gay, dog!’ And I wanna just come on TV and just tell my rappers, just tell my friends, ’Yo, stop it fam.’”