Kanye West suggests vaccines are 'mark of the beast' in Forbes interview about his presidential ambitions

Kanye West.
Kanye West in March 2020. Photo credit: Getty

Kanye West has revealed more about his presidential ambitions in a lengthy Forbes interview that includes him making bizarre anti-vaccine claims.

The pop star implied in the interview that vaccines paralyze children, are the "mark of the beast" and are not how we should "fix" the COVID-19 pandemic.

West also said he'd base his presidency on Marvel film Black Panther and claimed "alien level superpowers" are at work on planet Earth.

"It's so many of our children that are being vaccinated and paralyzed. So when they say the way we're going to fix COVID-19 is with a vaccine, I'm extremely cautious. That's the mark of the beast," West told Forbes.

"They want to put chips inside of us, they want to do all kinds of things, to make it where we can't cross the gates of heaven.

"The sad thing is that, the saddest thing is that we all won't make it to heaven, that there'll be some of us that do not make it. Next question."

West's anti-vaxxer stance is in opposition to that of his wife, Kim Kardashian, who took their first child North West to get a vaccine in an episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians.

Kardashian is one of just a handful of celebrities that publicly support a scientific, medical approach to vaccines and children's health.

In the Forbes interview, West cited the fictional African nation of Wakanda depicted in Black Panther as inspiration for how he would work with pharmaceutical companies.

"In Wakanda when the king went to visit that lead scientist to have the shoes wrap around her shoes. Just the amount of innovation that can happen, the amount of innovation in medicine - like big pharma - we are going to work, innovate, together," said West.

"A lot of Africans do not like the movie and representation of themselves in Wakanda. But I'm gonna use the framework of Wakanda right now because it's the best explanation of what our design group is going to feel like in the White House.

"That is a positive idea: you got Kanye West, one of the most powerful humans - I'm not saying the most because you got a lot of alien level superpowers and it's only collectively that we can set it free."

Elsewhere in the interview West said ending police brutality is on his "to-do list" and that he no longer supports Donald Trump.