Kanye West's New Video Is Like a Parody of Himself

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Nature. Horses. Motorcycle. Kanye. Kim. Nude Kim. Those seem to be the only real ideas — if you can even call them that — behind Kanye West's newest video 'Bound 2,' which debuted on Ellen today. 

Ever the boundary-pusher, West may have pushed this one right past the precipice of self-parody, straight over the edge. The video works as a five-minute tribute to everything Kanye sees as beautiful in the world, an extensive list we covered above. As Jezebel's Callie Beusman writes, "It sort of looks like what would happen if you mixed the horse equivalent of that ironic howling wolf t-shirt with the Yosemite background on the MacBook PhotoBooth app, in a conceptual fashion manner." 

Another comparison: It's like the scene from Anchorman when Ron Burgundy and Veronica Corningstone go to "Pleasuretown" and ride on unicorns on rainbows, minus any sense of self-awareness. Or clothes for Kim.


The video opens with some nice Discovery Channel-esque shots of horses running in the wild...

...and then pans to Kanye on a motorcycle in front of an obvious green screen. It is a beautiful green screen though!

Oh hey, it's a close-up of Kim Kardashian and her flowing hair.

Finally, Kim joins her love on the motorcycle and bares some back.

And that's basically the whole video. As Slate's Forrest Wickman writes"The main question people are likely to come away with after watching the video is 'Is this a joke?'" We'll let you figure that one out for yourself.

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