James Franco and Seth Rogen get laughs, but Kanye West knows exactly what he’s doing

If you missed it yesterday, actor-author-wheelie-on-zeitgeist-popper James Franco has spoofed Kanye West’s “Bound 2” video with the help of Seth Rogen.

Is “Bound 3” funny? Eh. Hairy shirtless dudes on motorcycles can be funny in just about any context. But it also perpetuates the ludicrous — and borderline offensive — idea that West doesn’t understand kitsch or the nuances of his own art.

When West visited New York radio station Power 105.1 earlier this week for an ambush-style interview, he clearly explained the video’s intent: “I wanted to take white trash T-shirts and make it into a video... I wanted it to look as phony as possible... I want to show you that this is the type of imagery that’s being presented to all of us and the only difference is a black dude in the middle of it.”

That part of the discussion appears around the 20-minute mark in this video.

West brought his singular “Yeezus” tour to D.C. last week and it was an experience unlike any other.

Chris Richards has been the Post's pop music critic since 2009. He's recently written about Bjork's radical humanity, the spiritual endurance of Willie Nelson and the joys of heavy metal drumming.
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