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Kanye West calls interrupting Taylor Swift at the VMAs ’selfless’

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NEW YORK - OCTOBER 21: Rapper, writer and director Kanye West attends the 'Runaway' New York premiere at Landmark's Sunshine Cinema on October 21, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)


The more Kanye talks, the bigger hole the guy digs for himself. Kanye has already apologized for interrupting Taylor Swift’s moment at the VMAs last year, he performed at this year’s ceremony, and he’s explained that he spent several months overseas and had to let some of his staff go as the result of the fallout from that incident. The subject is still being brought up in interviews, and Kanye, true to form, isn’t sticking to his talking points or even repeating the same sentiments about how he’s sorry. In a recent interview, Kanye called his cognac-fueled moment “selfless” in that he was defending another artist’s work. Give me a break! This isn’t entirely out of left field from Kanye. He told Access Hollywood last month that he’ll “jump in front of a moving car for history,” in regards to all the artists that are under-appreciated at awards time. It’s like he thinks he’s the only one qualified to be the arbiter of taste in his industry and that he’s doing the entire world a service.


NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 13:  Kayne West (L) jumps onstage after Taylor Swift (C) won the 'Best Female Video' award during the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on September 13, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

Despite his repeated apologies for crashing Taylor Swift’s stage during the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, Kanye West sounded unapologetic in a new interview during which the hip hop hitmaker dubbed his actions that night “selfless,” claiming that he bore the brunt of criticism in standing up for a fellow artist.

West told Minnesota radio station KDWB: “It’s like, what’s so arrogant about that moment? If anything, it’s selfless.

“I’m walking around now with half an arm, trying to sell albums and having to walk in rooms and be afraid of my food getting spat in, like people going ‘I lost all total respect for you,’ and nobody wants to just sit and look at the reality,” West said.

Last year, West hijacked the stage during Swift’s VMA acceptance speech, protesting her win for the best video award for You Belong With Me, which he felt should have gone to Beyonce Knowles for Single Ladies. He said at the time: “Yo, Taylor, I’m really happy for you, I’ll let you finish, but Beyonce has one of the best videos of all time. One of the best videos of all time!”

West built upon those sentiments in his KDWB interview, again saying the Single Ladies video was slighted at the VMAs.

“The audacity of it losing anything … I guarantee if it was the other way around, and Taylor Swift was 15, 12, 15 years into the game, and on her 40th video or 50th video, and she made the video of her career, do you thing she would have lost to a brand new artist? Hell no!” West said.

“I’m not pandering to sell anymore records to get people to like me more — I would like people to like me because I’m likeable.”

[From Radar]

In related news, Kanye performed some a capella rapping on the loudspeaker during a flight from Minneapolis to New York last week. Hollywood Life has the story and a video. I’m sure he thought that was selfless too despite all the people who had no idea who he was and were annoyed that he woke them up. This guy will not change, but people will definitely pay less attention to his antics.

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 21: Rapper, writer and director Kanye West attends the 'Runaway' New York premiere at Landmark's Sunshine Cinema on October 21, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 01: ( VERAGE) Stylemaker of the Year winner Kanye West attends the 14th Annual ACE Awards presented by the Accessories Council at Cipriani 42nd Street on November 1, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for ACE Awards)

Kanye West takes the microphone from best female video winner Taylor Swift as he praises the video entry from Beyonce at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards in New York, in this September 13, 2009 file photo. West is painting a new picture on MTV on Thursday, debuting a video he hopes will offer fans a better image of himself than the one he made at the network's award show last year.  REUTERS/Gary Hershorn/Files (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)



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