YouTube’s Global Head of Music Finally Responds to Those Alt-Right Accusations

Kanye West ropes Universal Music Group chairman Lucian Grange (l) and YouTube Global Head of Music Lyor Cohen (c) into a controversial selfie.
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Kanye West ropes Universal Music Group chairman Lucian Grange (l) and YouTube Global Head of Music Lyor Cohen (c) into a controversial selfie.
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Kanye West ropes Universal Music Group chairman Lucian Grange (l) and YouTube Global Head of Music Lyor Cohen (c) into a controversial selfie.

Apparently this little selfie wasn’t supposed to be posted on social media.  Now, YouTube Global Head of Music Lyor Cohen is denying the implied affiliations.

Of course, YouTube’s Global Head of Music has the right to believe whatever he wants.  But Lyor Cohen is apparently facing serious heat for espousing alt-right, pro-Trump affiliations.

After weeks of silence, Cohen is finally responding.

The issue started at Kanye West’s residence in Calabasas, a wealthy LA suburb.  That’s where UMG chairman Lucian Grainge and Cohen were roped into a selfie with the MAGA-loving West.  Apparently the pow-wow was called to showcase some new music.

Cohen says the snapshot was intended for private consumption only.

“We were [in Calabasas] because Kanye wanted to play us some music,” the YouTube exec told Pitchfork.  “I was on the way to the restroom and there was Lucian and Kanye was coming out, and he said, ‘Oh wow, we’re all together. Let’s take a photo.’ I thought he was going to take a photo and send it to Lucian and myself. I had no idea that he was going to put that on social media.”

But that little selfie is proving harder to explain away than Cohen thought.  Of course, there’s the hat.  But Cohen is also flashing an ‘OK’ hand gesture, which apparently means something serious within alt-right circles.  The hand gesture apparently originated with Trump, who uses the ‘OK’ sign (or a variation thereof) frequently during speeches.

Combine Cohen’s ‘OK’ directly in front of Kanye’s ‘MAGA’ hat, and the association hardly seems like a ‘selfie accident’.

But Cohen says it’s just an unfortunate coincidence.  “Isn’t that scuba for when you’re in the water and you’re all good?” Cohen questioned, referring to the sign.

And what about Kanye’s new music?  Apparently it’s pretty good, though Cohen criticized the rapper for leading with his controversial politics.   “I don’t love his politics but I was really impressed with the music,” Cohen stated.

“I think he’s doing himself a disservice by not leading with the music.”

 

Written while listening to Migos.


 

 

7 Responses

  1. Remi Swierczek

    Both UMG boys are clueless businessman living out of old inertia for Lucian and semi-criminal ad dust for traitor Cohen! Unfortunately for musicians, until creeps like that will sit at the helm of the industry $300B of music goodwill will continue to incinerate and we will continue to bask in $17.3B UMG induced streaming/advertising SUICIDE

  2. Milton Allen

    This is a ridiculous story. I mean really… who cares? So if you believe Lyor has right-leaning political beliefs, you’re going to stop watching YouTube? Get real56

    • Remi Swierczek

      Guess what? I just disconnected Netflix because of Obama production deal!
      Look at last 24 month rating charts of all major TV networks. It does matter and music is suspended for years and is a victim of DEM style, unproductive, la-la land!

  3. Eilo

    WHOA! This photo will do wonders for the impending UNIVERSAL MUSIC IPO…Not! Would have never dreamed that Lucian Grange had ALT RIGHT leanings. SHOCKER!

  4. DJ

    Anyone who has every spent 10 minutes with Lyor knows he may be a lot of things but Alt-right ain’t one of them.

  5. Paul Resnikoff

    Fascinating how much reaction this guy gets. I never once thought he was alt-right, but…

    that hand symbol thing did look a little suspicious.

    But I’ll go back to illuminati conspiracies.