Kanye West’s “Blood on the Leaves” performance at the Oscars was a slam dunk

Kanye West’s fallout continues, this time with Quentin Tarantino denying a claim he may sue over the rapper’s controversial performance of “Blood on the Leaves” at the Oscars this year, while also claiming Kanye and his team are not “a joke.”

In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Tarantino was asked if he thinks Kanye West can be sued for “Blood on the Leaves,” the controversial performance he gave at last Sunday’s Oscars, after he performed the song in front of a crowd with their bodies covered with “blood, sweat and tears.”

“I wouldn’t even want to get into that,” he said. “I don’t think anybody that has a business has the right to do something like that. I don’t know that there is a legal basis on which you can do it. I don’t think so.”

The next day, West announced in a series of tweets he was suing the awards show’s producers because they had “a right” to have a Black president, and he ended the comments with: “I refuse to have a Black president.”

West was the only artist nominated for best performing song of 2017, but the singer performed the song as an open letter to his fans. It included the lyrics “F— Trump,” “I’m not going to take this anymore” and “Kanye West said he’s donating $500,000 to Planned Parenthood. Fuck that guy.”

The performance earned West a few harsh responses after it was viewed on social media, including from a woman who took to Twitter to say their own body could be viewed as “blood on the leaves/not flowers” when they were covered with “blood, sweat and tears.” That same night, West and his team released a statement saying they were “proud to have served as stewards of the Oscars and look forward to the next one in January,” adding they would “not participate in any act that distracts from the great work that has been done to help bring in the night’s big award.”

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