Poor Kanye West. The brotha can’t get any respect. Love him or hate him, he is the rapper some people love to hate, and most of that hate comes from the popular perception of his confidence being seen as cockiness and an inflated ego complex seen through the mainstream lens.
Recently, West has done an interview with the BBC. He lays as many topics down as possible leaving no stone unturned. His most prominent points are his topics of racism, classism, creativity, the mainstream media, materialism and – of course – his album entitled Yeezus is considered by many as a musical magnum opus, aside from the misogyny.
Fans have praised West for being open and honest about matters the mainstream media refuses to analyze. They see his interview as an example of his unappreciated intelligence. Others, however, see it as his usual outlandish behavior, often using the words immature, infantile and childlike.
Enter Jimmy Kimmel, a late-night talk show host, who saw West’s interview as such, and made a parody video using children to portray West and the BBC interviewer. But it didn’t end there. Kimmel also saw fit to make further fun of the rappers comments, saying that he doesn’t “follow a lot of what Kanye has to say.”
West didn’t take too kindly of Kimmel’s vid, as you probably have already guessed through celebrity news and gossip. He engaged in a Twitter tirade against Kimmel cursing him out in caps. Here are a few of those tweets:
SARAH SILVERMAN IS A THOUSAND TIMES FUNNIER THAN YOU AND THE WHOLE WORLD KNOWS IT!!!
YOU CAN’T PUT YOURSELF IN MY SHOES. YOUR FACE LOOKS CRAZY… IS THAT FUNNY?… OR IF I HAD A KID SAY IT WOULD IT BE FUNNY???
JIMMY KIMMEL, I DON’T TAKE IT AS A JOKE…. YOU DON’T HAVE SCUM BAGS HOPPING OVER FENCES TRYING TO TAKE PICTURES OF YOUR DAUGHTER
JIMMY KIMMEL IS OUT OF LINE TO TRY AND SPOOF IN ANY WAY THE FIRST PIECE OF HONEST MEDIA IN YEARS
Damn! To say that Sarah Silverman is funnier than you is the diss of the century, but he may be right about that. Did this scare Kimmel? Apparently not, as he responded by saying that now he’s in a rap feud. Whatever.
Not surprisingly, a lot of people shook their heads with West’s tweets. They believed that his venting was exactly what Kimmel was talking about. Many of them defended Kimmel, considering his video as just harmless comedy and that West was obviously butt-hurt and whining like a little baby.
Do I agree with West’s handling of being dissed? Let me put it this way, it’s better he did this than actually straight punching Kimmel in the jaw. What I don’t agree is how people perceived his anger as him being a brat.
I took offense to that, because it sounded like they’re implying that black men (and black women) can not react and respond, especially when it includes curse words, when they’re being or feeling disrespected. The history of black people in this nation is overflowing with disrespect in order to maintain white supremacy. The hatred spawns the stereotype that black people are childlike who can not handle themselves and that they need the guidance of white people to show them the error of their ways.
Kimmel’s video and attitude was in direct correlation to that belief. However, this is not done for white paternalistic reasons, but rather to entertain white audiences for white amusement. White entertainment calls for the humiliation and exploitation of minorities, further strengthening stereotypes for profit’s sake.
Many whites see Kanye West as an aggressive young buck stereotype mostly through tabloid news, especially regarding his paparazzi encounters. The majority of them have low expectations toward him in the personality department. Many of them still haven’t gotten over him upstaging their beloved songstress Taylor Swift at the 2009 MTV music awards for five seconds. And Kimmel saw his interview as an example that he’s still pompous and juvenile at the age of 36.
Is Kanye West egotistical? Maybe or maybe not. Maybe his confidence is viewed as overconfidence. Perhaps, he is sort of the Muhammad Ali of hip hop. Yet, black celebrities are seen with scrutiny through the lens of the mainstream media.
Case in point, West got into another confrontation with the paparazzi who invaded and trespassed his home hours after the press jumped on his feud with Kimmel. This news went viral in a matter of minutes, partly thanks to TMZ, and although some defended West for getting upset, others…not so much.
It’s hard being black in America, and it doesn’t get much easier if you’ve become rich and famous. The news will pounce on you if you slip into the puddle of negative stereotypes. Some will argue that if West would behave, he would be more loved. But even if he did behave, people will still find elements that he is still a young buck who needs to grow up in a society that continues to see black men as immature black boys.