Kanye West


By Gary A. Johnson

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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.”

West took his outburst abroad, and failed as an American ambassador during the 2006 MTV European Music Awards. West stormed the stage after his “Touch the Sky” video lost to Justice and Simian’s “We Are Your Friends,” suggesting  his video deserved to win instead because it “cost a million dollars and Pamela Anderson was in it.”

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)

GJHeadShot 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.”

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3 Responses to “Kanye West”

  1. I don’t see how this is a racial thing. It’s just Kanye West being a jack@ss, like Obama called him. Point blank.
    Kanye is a diva, a spoiled brat, a beeyotch, and full of shyt. I would say he’s acting out because his mom is gone, and he and that other girl aren’t together anymore, but he was an a-hold before his mother passed. So he has no excuse. Like you said, he knows who to pull it with, and who not to mess with. I can’t wait until he meets his REAL match. We’ll see how big his ego is then. While ppl are talking bad about Tyler Perry, they’re commending Kanye for “speaking his mind.” Forget that. It’s stuff like this that make black ppl look bad. Not Tyler Perry’s movies. People need to get a grip on decorum.

  2. weezy f baby Says:

    its just like weezy said money over female dogs

  3. THIS WAS THE MTV AWARDS PEOPLE NOT THE GRAMMYS. PEOPLE DROP FROM CEILINGS AND SPREAD EAGLE OVER EACH OTHERS FACE, THEY MAKE CRUDE AND RUDE JOKES EVERY YEAR, THEY RUN ON STAGE NAKED! KANYE’S ACTIONS WERE IN THE SAME CONTEXT OF ALL THE MAYHEM OF THIS TYPE OF SHOW AND OTHERS THAT HAVE DONE THIS BEFORE. HAVE YOU EVER WATCHED THE PROGRAMMING SHOWS ON THIS NETWORK, KEEP THIS EVENT IN PERSPECTIVE. ONE MAN LIKE SEVERAL OTHERS BEFORE HIM, BREAKS INTO A SLOW BORING ACCEPTANCE SPEECH TO GIVE A STATEMENT TO WHICH THE WHOLE AUDIENCE APPLAUDED AND NOW YOU WANT TO CRUCIFY HIM, SUCH A LYNCH MOBB YOU PEOPLE ARE, YOU LOVE US ONE MINUTE THE NEXT YOU WANT US BURNED AT THE STAKE, MOST OF YOU DON’T DESERVE TO BE HEARD, YOU BRING NOTHING BUT NEGATIVITY INTO THE WORLD. TAYLOR SWIFT DID NOT THANK BEYONCE FOR HER GRACIOUSNESS OR GIVE A NOD TO THE OTHER VETS NOMINATED FOR THE SAME AWARD, BUT YET YOU BEND OVER BACKWARDS TO PUT HER ON A HIGH HORSE OVER OTHERS. SHE ALSO TOOK FOREVER TO WALK OUT WHEN BEYONCE INVITED HER WHEN SHE SHOULD HAVE BEEN HUMBLE AND THANKFUL FOR YOUR SUPPORT. IF TAYLOR WERE A CLASS ACT WOULD HAVE ASKED YOU NOT TO ATTACK KANYE! HE MADE A STATEMENT THAT IS IT! IF HE HAD DONE THIS TO CIARA IT WOULD HAVE NOT EVEN BEEN NEWS WORTHY FOR YOU. YOU KNOW THAT THE INDUSTRY HAS BEEN UNJUST, AND YOUR FAVORITE ARTIST OR SOMEONE WHO DESERVED IT WAS PAST OVER ON THE REGULAR, THIS MAN GREW UP SEEING THAT UNJUST SOCIETY GET AWY WITH IT AND HE WAS DRUNK ENOUGH NOT TO REMAIN SILENT. HE SAID HE WAS HAPPY FOR HER AND WOULD LET HER FINISH, MADE HIS STATEMENT AND LEFT. THE PUNISHMENT DOES NOT FIT THE CRIME, HE IS BEING CALLED OUT OF HIS NAME BY RACIST AND A PRESIDENT; WHO THROUGH KANYE’S AND OTHERS BLOOD SWEAT AND TEARS, LOSS OF SLEEP AND HOPE, HELPED GET HIM ELECTED, MAN THAT IS COLD! HE CAN’T EVEN GO TO HIS MOTHER FOR COMFORT AND HIS OWN COMMUNITY HAS SHUT HIM OUT. WHY ARE YOU SO COLD? LOVE HIM LIKE HE IS YOUR BROTHER BECAUSE HE IS, MOST OF US SHOULD HAVE MADE MORE NUTRAL STATEMENTS AND NOT CONDEMNATORY ONES.

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