Of all Kanye West’s myriad personality flaws and tics, his biggest one might be this: the dude can’t accept the fact he’s a flaming asshole. Yeezus Christ, man, the crown fits, so why don’t you once and for all proudly wear it?
Instead, West has repeatedly shown himself to be that guy who gets belligerently bombed at the house party and then spends the next day phoning everyone to apologize.
Take, for example, Mr. Kim Kardashian’s recent troubles with Jimmy Kimmel. By all accounts, West and the man whose balls used to rest on Sarah Silverman’s chin have some sort of relationship, having even hung out at weddings. That didn’t stop the rapper from going apeshit after Jimmy Kimmel Live! decided to spoof a Yeezy BBC interview.
If you can’t go 17.3 seconds without checking Twitter, you’re probably familiar with the back story. West had originally gone on BBC Radio 1 with Zane Lowe to share his views on who is the Number 1 rock star on the planet (Kanye West!), who is fascinating enough to star in a real-life remake of The Truman Show (Kanye West!), and who is the only person in the world who appreciates the genius idea of leather jogging pants (Kanye West!).
Kimmel responded to this by hiring two milkshake-slurping kids to recreate the more surreal parts of the interview. Like, everything, including the part about leather jogging pants.
That’s when shit got interesting, with Yeezy going on a Twitter rampage that made Courtney Love seem sane.
Highlights? That would include later-deleted Tweets like “JIMMY KIMMEL PUT YOURSELF IN MY SHOES … OH NO THAT MEANS YOU WOULD HAVE GOTTEN TOO MUCH GOOD PUSSY IN YOUR LIFE…” and the two-part “I LIKE YOU, YOU KNOW ME, I WENT TO YOUR FAMILY’S WEDDING….WHO YOU MADE IT CLEAR TO ME WASN’T YOUR FAMILY WHEN I WAS ON THE PHONE WITH YOU 5 MINUTES AGO, YOU MANIPULATIVE MEDIA MUTHERFUCKER.”
That said Tweets were ALL IN CAPS proves that West was either really, really fucking angry, or that he is unclear how the caps-lock function works on his iPad.
Where it’s hard to respect West is that the guy doesn’t have the stomach to be a full-time world-class dick. Every time he acts like the kind of riot dinnnk that makes Fred Durst seem like a decent human being, he ends up immediately repenting.
Remember that time he jumped up on-stage at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards during Taylor Swift’s best female video acceptance speech for “You Belong With Me”? If you are going to rip the mike out of the hands of America’s reigning pop-music sweetheart, inform her that “Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time”, and flip off the crowd when everyone starts booing, the least you can do is fucking own it. Instead, West apologized up the ying-yang—to Swift’s mother immediately backstage, on his blog (twice!), and, in the ultimate embarrassment, on The Jay Leno Show.
Remember how West went UFC on photographer Daniel Ramos at LAX this past July, this leading to battery charges? This past week, he’s seen fit to apologize, blaming news that his grandfather was dying for putting him in a bad mood.
If West isn’t backtracking on his comment “George Bush doesn’t care about black people,” he’s asking forgiveness afterwards for crashing the stage at the 2006 MTV Europe Music Video Awards to argue that his video for “Touch the Sky” kicked the Euro-trash ass of both Justice and Simian.
You know what the problem is here? It isn’t that West is firmly convinced that he is God. (Or, more accurately Jesus, as evidenced by titling his latest record Yeezus.) The problem is that God doesn’t give a good goddamn what people think of her, which explains why we get people dying en masse in hurricanes like Katrina, innocent children starving in Africa, and the continued existence of Ann Coulter.
Unlike God, West has some desperate need to be liked, hence his popping up on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last week after his Twitter rant. Predictably, he was there to make peace. As such he didn’t flinch when Kimmel told him that people think he’s a jerk. West did, however, rant about everything from how Kanye West is just like Muhammad Ali to how Kim Kardashian deserves a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Even though he’s yet to apologize for it, he came across as an asshole.