During an interview with Matt Lauer for The Today Show yesterday, Kanye expressed regret for calling W. a racist back in 05 after Hurricane Katrina. This morning, Bush did another interview with Lauer, live on The Today Show, and Lauer played a portion of the as of yet unaired Kanye interview for the former President (at about the 1:35 point in the video above). Bush watched it and said that he appreciated Kanye’s comments and forgave him for what he said. Then at some point last night, Kanye took to Twitter to spazz out about what he perceived as a set up by Lauer:
“I went up there to express how I was empathetic to Bush because I labeled him a racist and years later I got labeled as a racist. While I was trying to give the interview they started playing the ‘MTV’ under me with audio!!!!!!! I don’t mess with Matt Lauer or the Today Show … and that’s a very nice way for me to put it! HE TRIED TO FORCE MY ANSWERS. IT WAS VERY BRUTAL AND I CAME THERE WITH ONLY POSITIVE INTENT … I feel very alone very used very tortured very forced very misunderstood very hollow very very misused … I don’t trust anyone but myself! Everyone has an agenda. I don’t do press anymore. I can’t be everything to everybody anymore … I can’t be everybody’s hero and villain savior and sinner Christian and anti Christ! … I can’t take anymore advice!!! I create, I’m creative, I have a good heart, everyone will see and understand one day.”
So here’s what I think of this situation. First off, he never should have expressed regret even if he did regret it. Fuck that, that’s just my personal opinion. And I don’t know why Kanye still thinks he can go sit down for an interview and expect to get softball questions. Far less insignificant people then you have been crucified by the media for much less than calling a sitting president racist on national TV. And why are we making comparisons to Bush’s reaction to Katrina and the Taylor Swift incident? Seriously? I mean, in all fairness, maybe the Katrina response was pure incompetence and had nothing to do with race, but I can say for damn sure that Kanye grabbing the mic from some pop singer had absolutely nothing to do with race. Kanye shouldn’t even allow that comparison to be made, much less express empathy to Bush as if the two situations were at all similar. By doing that you kind of legitimatize the meaningless crusade against you. And of course they’re gonna play video of the Taylor incident during the interview, that’s the most controversial clip they have of you and they have to bring in viewers the same way you have to sell albums. Get used to it buddy, they’re gonna be playing that clip until the day you die.