When he woke up this morning, rapper/producer/provocateur Kanye West probably expected there to be a lot of headlines about him flying around the Internet. And while there are plenty of people writing breathlessly about the arrival of Watch the Throne, his long-awaited album-length collaboration with Jay-Z, West is grabbing just as many Internet eyeballs because of his comments at the Big Chill festival in the U.K. over the weekend.
On Saturday night, West paused in the middle of his set to rant about how much people dislike him and how persecuted he always feels. “I walk through the hotel and I walk down the street, and people look at me like I’m f—ing insane, like I’m Hitler,” he told the crowd. “One day the light will shine through and one day people will understand everything I ever did.” That day will remain in the distant future for the people in attendance, who booed West for comparing himself to the architect of the Third Reich.
It seems like West is saying that he is hated as much as people hate Hitler, which seems hyperbolic even for him. Also, it probably isn’t even true. We haven’t done any sort of research on this, but we imagine Hitler’s approval rating is still way lower than Kanye’s, even though the former has been dead for six decades.
Of course, the crowd might have also been upset because West was a half hour late arriving to the stage, though he managed to get everybody back in his good graces when he went blamed the media for driving celebrities to early graves. “Thank you for protecting your artists that are still here,” he said. “This is for [Alexander] McQueen, for Amy [Winehouse], for Michael [Jackson] and for all the media, can you lighten up on all your artists that are still here?”
West has apparently been watching a lot of sternly-narrated documentaries about World War II, as one of the hooks on Watch the Throne contains a reference to the Holocaust. “This is something like the Holocaust/ Millions of our people lost,” he raps on “Who Gon’ Stop Me.”
A theory: Perhaps West is merely at his craziest during the final days of summer every year. After all, the MTV Video Music Awards (where West made one of his more notorious appearances two years back) are just around the corner.
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