Kanye West needs to accept the fact he's an asshole

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.

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robert
I think he just being himself,there's nothing wrong with that
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Jordan T
IDK if the writer of this article has listened to his music before. Because if you have you should know that he basically calls himself and asshole, have you ever hear runway, and power. Its either that his true nature that he is an asshole or his putting on an act for publicity, either way he knows he is an asshole. This article is just based on facts through what he does in interviews. lol smh
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SiYa
You clearly a Talyor swift fan smh or something
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Geoffrey
This is possibly the most myopic view of Kanye I think I have ever read. You've sound bit nearly everything that West said in both the Zane Lowe and Jimmy Kimmel interview's, and you haven't at all delved into the possible reasons for the Taylor Swift debacle. What an incredibly poor opinion piece.

Next time you have the audacity to share your thoughts on him, at least look at both sides of the situation to add some sort of validity and understanding to what you are saying. Cheers.
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Money
Article is pretty spot on. Can't really argue the fact that the guy is a hot head. Facts are facts and Kanye, whether or not he's a genius, oh and there have been just a few before him (LOL), needs to learn how to be a respectable human being regardless of his stature and fame. I listen to all his music and think his fashion sense is great, but my favorite thing is to watch the guy blow up for no reason. Kim have a star on the Hollywood walk of fame? Yeezussss!!! hahaha, the chick should be grateful for her success and forget about being recognized on the walk of fame. People out there have degrees and have worked their asses off to achieve some form of success and this chick blows a dude on camera and her man thinks she deserves a star cause she flaunts it on a "reality" TV show??? That alone should tell you how spun this guy really is.

I appreciate his frustrations with the fashion industry and the fact that people have not taken him seriously but could it be that he's just good at putting an outfit together more than he can actually create one?

Nevertheless, the guy has proven himself and I give him the utmost respect as a musician but I do not feel the same of his attitude, although comical at times.
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Kevin T.T.
This article is incorrect.
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Morgan
you also sound like an asshole, but at least kanye is interesting and talented.
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out at night
Usinger is right: it's way better if you don't apologize for being an arrogant bastard. That way people might actually think you'e a tortured artist/moody genius or something. By making nice each time out he's undermining his own claims to pop cultural supremacy. You ever see Johnny Rotten apologize for any of the bone-head things he said? No. Not even when he knew better. And so today his legacy has aged quite well and people know the cat's mellowed and such, but he's still got that cred.

BTW, why am I supposed to think Kanye West is so great again?
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Kanye who
I have to confess the only time I heard of him is when he dissed Taylor Swift--totally not interested in an opportunist with no sense of what reality is
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G E F
Are you stupid? Kanye knows he's an asshole. He's said it multiple times in his music, if you ever listened to it??? Like, jeez. Way to not read between the lines. Or read the lines at all.
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Sherry
One if the best articles I've read in a month or more!
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Who?
I don't listen to shitty soulless music, who or what is this guy famous for again. ??
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KANYE
USINGER, YOU TRYIN TO GET A NAME FOR YERSELF! I AIN'T PLAYIN ALONG THIS TIME. BACK THE FUCK OFF!!!... I'm sorry. That was uncalled for. Fucken Google alert.
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hollinator
Hit the nail on the head, Mike!! Finally an media article that has the balls to call it like it is!
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Jerome
Lol, I don't think that Kanye cares about this article with his 22 grammys. He has delivered amazing albums and his album MBDTF is rated 92 out of 100 on MetaCritic. Don't hate to an extent in which you hate on his music because then, you have no say.
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Richard
It's a shame people don't try to understand him as an artist. Ya he comes off as pocessing an ego larger than the pacific garbage patch and enough arrogance to fuel China's energy demands, but if you take the time to see the brilliance behind his music and fashion, you'll understand him a little bit more. Kanye is an artist constantly raising the bar and inovating the game; admire him as a musician, and artist and not as a personality.
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Adam
Runaway by Kanye west, "Lets have a toaste for the assholes" The lyrics were directed at himself. Please do some research before you publish your next article.

Thank you
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Chris
Wasn't there one moment where he tweeted that "he just had sex with Kim a moment ago"?
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Corey
Dude is a dickhead and he just hasnt run up against a real dude who will put him to sleep with a couple of lefts and right to his jaw.
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StevenB
West is a bore! 'Nuff said.
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