In July of 2013, Kanye West allegedly assaulted a photographer at LAX Airport which reportedly resulted in a trip to the hospital for the victim. Earlier this year, the legal case against West got underway and Kanye was deposed in an interview by the photographer’s lawyer. If you can believe the insanity that I am about to share with you, Kanye West — the self-avowed “smartest celebrity you’ve ever fucking deal with” — actually tried to equate the “struggle” of being a celebrity to the actual struggle suffered by African Americans here in the US during the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 60s. Wow. Kanye West was obviously being combative in his deposition on purpose and we know that he has said idiotic things in the past but this surely takes the cake. Just, wow.
Kanye West swears under oath, “I’m the smartest celebrity you’ve ever fucking dealt with. I’m not Britney Spears.” We got hold of a transcript of Kanye’s deposition in the case where he’s accused of beating a photog and smashing his camera. Kanye explains to Nate Goldberg, the photog’s lawyer, “I’m in the business of trying to make dope shit for the world. You’re in the business of representing scums and trying to make as much money as long as there’s this lapse in the law.” Goldberg grills Kanye about his song, “Flashing Lights,” — a rant against the paparazzi. Goldberg quotes from the song, “Till I get flashed by the paparazzi, damn, these ni**as got me.” At that point Kanye interrupts, “You have to ask for a hall pass. You can’t just say the ‘n’ word around me.” adding, “It offends me because you’re a white person saying ‘ni**a.'” Kanye says there’s a parallel between blacks fighting for civil rights in the ’60s and celebs fighting for theirs today: “I mean in the ’60s people used to hold up ‘Die N****r’ signs when my parents were in the sit-ins also.” Goldberg asks if he equates the struggle of blacks in the past with celebrities today and Kanye says, “Yes, 100 … I equate it to discrimination. I equate it to inequalities.” Kanye goes on, “We, as group of minorities here in L.A., as celebrities have to ban together to influence guys like this — guys trying to take the picture, guys trying to get the big win, guys trying to get the check.” The depo is riddled with Kanye’s sarcasm. When Goldberg asks where he lives, Kanye replies, “Earth.”
It’s not surprising that Kanye can be the saltiest of dickbags when he’s pissed off and wants to be argumentative … but for him to seriously try to equate being a celebrity to the horrible struggle and mistreatment of minorities in this country is not only the most insane thing ever but it is also insulting to the highest degree. A lot of people are focusing on his silly diss toward Britney Spears but it’s such a non-issue, I hate even mentioning it. Kanye equating celebrity to the civil rights movement echoes other moronic statements by other celebrities that have equated their fame and fortune with rape and/or war. WHAT THE SERIOUS, FUCK, PEOPLE?! That people actually say these things is madness to me. I love to laugh off and have fun with most of the ridiculous things that come out of Kanye’s mouth but this time, he’s really lost me. There is nothing funny or clever about his comments here. Ugh.