By Gary A. Johnson
When it comes to celebrities, I have always cautioned people to be careful in their assessments. In most cases, we really don’t know these people, we only know what we see and what they portray to the public. For example, for years many people believed that Whitney Houston was a Cinderella type of princess, until we saw the Bravo network’s reality TV series “Being Bobby Brown.” That train wreck of a show had many Houston supporters doing a double take on who was the negative influence in that relationship.
Enough of that, let me get back to Kanye West. His behavior is a combination of jack ass, diva and spoiled brat. Now I don’t know if he’s all of the aforementioned, however, this is what he appears to be in public.
West, who has a history of throwing temper tantrums seemed contrite and apologetic the day after his outburst at the MTV Video Music Awards. He sat next to Jay Leno Monday on the debut of The Jay Leno Show (TJLS) and apologized. I’m not buying the televised apology. It was difficult for me to determine his level of sincerity. West told Leno:
“So many celebrities, they never take the time off. I’ve never taken the time off to really — you know, just music after music and tour after tour. I’m just ashamed that my hurt caused someone else’s hurt. My dream of what awards shows are supposed to be, ’cause, and I don’t try to justify it because I was just in the wrong. That’s period. But I need to, after this, take some time off and just analyze how I’m going to make it through the rest of this life, how I’m going to improve.”
Taylor Swift appeared on the ABC daytime show “The View,” today and reported that she had not been contacted by West. Shortly thereafter, West called “The View’s” studio in an attempt to apologize. After the show, Swift told ABC News Radio’s Andrea Dressdale “Kanye did call me,” in an interview taped after the show. “He was very sincere in his apology, and I accepted that apology.”
This is the fourth time West has apologized for his conduct at the VMAs, and based on his track record, it won’t be his last.
Kayne West appears to be a very talented and spoiled brat. He knows when and who to pull these little “I Need More Attention” stunts on. What do you think would have happened if he pulled that stunt at the Source or Soul Train Music Awards shows? I cannot imagine Kanye West snatching the microphone from Missy Elliott. Moments later, someone would be leaning over waving smelling salts across his nose and yelling: “You just got knocked the f&*k out!” Kanye West may be a lot of things, but being dumb is not one of them. If anything he’s a savvy publicity whore.
Kanye knew he could “Bogart” a 19-year old female country/pop artists. I didn’t see Kanye taking the stage during the recent BET (Blacks Embarrassing Themselves) award. Again, I don’t know this dude, but when I look at his total body of work since he bursts on the scene as a solo act about 6 or 7 years ago, this guy appears to have a massive ego. I heard a line from comedienne Joan Rivers that applies to Kayne West. Joan once said of a rival, “He’d give himself a hickey if he could.”
The social networking sites, most notably Facebook and Twitter have blown up talking about this incident. Many comments have taken a racial tone. Our friends at The Grio have a detailed post about the racial overtones that have appeared online concerning this incident.
Photo credit: (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
Gary Johnson is the Founder & Publisher of Black Men In America.com a popular online magazine on the Internet and the Black Men In America.com Blog. Gary is also the author of the new book“25 Things That Really Matter In Life.”