It’s never boring with Kanye West.
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The 33-year-old hip hop star’s latest controversy involves the Today Show after he recently sat down for an interview with host Matt Lauer to reflect back on his 2005 remark that former President George W. Bush “doesn’t like black people” – a coment he made following the Bush administration’s uninspired reaction to Hurricane Katrina.
“I would tell George Bush, in my moment of frustration that I didn’t have the grounds to call him a racist,” the Heartless singer told Lauer. “I want to get the exact perfect wording … I’m here to man up for different mistakes that I made … I came here to say I made mistakes, and I’ve grown as a person. I did not have enough information in that situation to call him a racist.”
The Jesus Walks singer said he was empathetic to Bush because he himself was branded a racist after crashing the stage during Taylor Swift’s VMA acceptance speech last year in protest over her winning the best video award over Beyonce Knowles.
But when NBC rolled background footage of the Swift incident over the interview , things got a little testy.
“Yo, how am I supposed to talk when you gonna run the thing in the middle while I’m talking?” West said. “Please don’t let that happen again, that’s ridiculous.”
On Tuesday, West unloaded about the interview on his Twitter page, claiming Lauer sandbagged him over the Swift incident.
“Man I’m heading to Abu Dhabi finna go to Ferrari Land YESSSS!!!….but before I take off let me tell you how they did me at the Today show…I went up there to express how I was empathetic to Bush because I labeled him a racist and years later I got labeled as a racist,” he wrote. “While I was trying to give the interview they started playing the “MTV” under me with audio!!!!!!! I don’t mess with Matt Lauer or the Today Show … and that’s a very nice way for me to put it!
“HE TRIED TO FORCE MY ANSWERS. IT WAS VERY BRUTAL AND I CAME THERE WITH ONLY POSITIVE INTENT,” West wrote. “I feel very alone very used very tortured very forced very misunderstood very hollow very very misused … I don’t trust anyone! … He played clips of Bush and asked me to look at his face while I was trying to talk to him.”
Lauer, in response, said that was there was “nothing unusual [or] improper about” playing the Swift clip in the background.