Kanye West Fans On Twitter: “Who Is Paul McCartney?”
Earlier this week, Kanye West released a new song called “Only One,” featuring Paul McCartney. Unfortunately, many of West’s fans seem to have no idea who McCartney is. Countless tweets from young music fans in the days since the track’s debut treat the former Beatle as a virtual unknown, congratulating West for discovering McCartney and giving him a break. “Who Is Paul McCartney?” related trends popped up on Twitter, much to the shock and dismay of anyone familiar with popular music pre-Twitter.
It should be noted that many, if not most, of the McCartney messages at this point are tongue-in-cheek, self-aware jokes about the phenomenon. But way, way too many of the original tweets seem to indicate actual confusion over who McCartney is, and why West worked with him. Regardless of which tweets are sincere and which are intended as sarcastic, McCartney will probably be just fine. In any case, some examples of the “Who is Paul McCartney?” trend are below.
“Who tf is paul mccartney???!??! this is why i love kanye for shining light on unknown artists,” wrote one user. Another commented, “I don’t know who Paul McCartney is, but Kanye is going to give this man a career w/ this new song!!” One woman lamented, “I still don’t know who Paul MacArthur is.”
There was this tweet: “Who is Paul McCartney? Why do people love him?” And then this observation: “Kanye has a great ear for talent. This Paul McCartney guy gonna be huge.” Plus this baffled tweet: “Who is this Paul McCartney???? He boutta blow up thanks to Kanye!!!” Indeed. We expect to hear more from this McCartney fellow.