I first learned of Kanye West when, in 2008, he told Fader Magazine the following: “I am like a vessel and God has chosen me to be the voice and the connector.” If that wasn’t enough to give me an instant pang of nausea, I later read that in the same year he posed this modest question to Tim Westwood in an interview, “The Bible had 20, 30, 40, 50 characters in it…you don’t think that I would be one of the characters of today’s modern Bible?” Excuse me while I gouge out my eyes with coffee stirrers.
After doing a great deal of investigating in the midst of the recent Kanye meltdown and feud with Jimmy Kimmel, I found some rather interesting things. First, Taylor Swift is not the first award winner to have the lime-light snatched away. It seems in 2006, Mr. West, after not being presented an award at the MTV Europe Music Awards, stormed the stage and argued that he should have been the winner. Now, I am no therapist, but it seems somebody didn’t get enough attention as a child, or maybe too much. If I were a therapist, I am sure narcissism would be the sure diagnosis, but since I am not, “the most arrogant man in the world” will have to suffice.
What about the time he appeared as Jesus on the Rolling Stone cover back in 2006; self-deluded and full of himself. If it’s not bad enough that he assumes we all see him as the Messiah, it’s simply disgusting that he would feel competent and comfortable enough to wear the clothing representing Him. Claiming himself an idol for kids and a teacher to all, he simply made himself out to be the jackass so many have reported him to be.
Who can forget his toddler-like temper tantrum at the 2007 VMAs when he lost, 2 years in a row, every award for which he was nominated? He screamed and vowed he would never be back, and many of us hoped to God that it was true. Sadly, we know it was not. I am sure Taylor Swift still has nightmares and unrealistic visions of that fateful night…I don’t even need to go into it, I am sure. The fact of the matter is, his character precedes him, and it should not.
Now, in just 24 hours, Kanye West, the most arrogant man in the world, has both verbally assaulted late night host Jimmy Kimmel, and gone berserk on a photographer he claimed was trespassing. In several heated Tweets last night, he reminded the world that he has no funny bone, and that he, the bully, felt bullied and ridiculed. This seems a bit hypocritical coming from the man who storms stages to strip away honors. This seems a bit crass when his history is reviewed. If it were not for his arrogance, I would almost feel a twinge of sorrow for him, but it seems he has dug his own spot in my box of opinions. All of this on the cusp of Friday’s court appearance for a lawsuit filed against him for assault.
The only good thing to ever come from Kanye West (no, I am not referring to his new baby), is one song that almost had him admitting his failures-one song that rang a hint of truth and almost made a fan out of me. This is just my take, but “Runaway” is the only bit of decency and truth to roll out of his over-used mouth. Kanye, the most arrogant man in the world almost admitted what he truly is- a douchebag.
Written by: Amy Magness Whatley