I should have known that reports about Kanye Westproclaiming to be the new King of Pop were false.
In one sense, I wished the stories were true. When Iheard the details in a morning show entertainment wrap up, I immediately beganwriting the blog in my head. I called Kanye out of line, disrespectful to the Jackson legacy, and unqualifiedfor the King of Pop title.
But when I started researching the subject, it quickly became clear that it was a joke.
Kanye was accused of saying, "You know everyone loves andrespects Michael, but times change. It's so sad to see Michael gone, but itmakes a path for a new King of Pop, and I'm willing to take that on."
Kanye has said that he wanted to be like Elvis, so thesestatements were believable. "First there was Elvis, then there was Michael,"the fake quote continued. "Now in the 21st century it's Kanye's timeto rule. I have nothing but respect for Michael, but someone needs to pick upwhere he left off, and there's nobody better than me to do that."
Before I blogged about it, I searched around for the sourceof the story. I noticed that none of the major news outlets had covered it.Finally, I came across a few blogs referencing the source as ScrapeTV.com. Onementioned that the interview was fake.
I deduced that the story was a hoax when I went to theScrapeTV.com website and saw the following story in the top spot: Study FindsSilver Bullets Largely Ineffective Against Werewolves.
Looks like ScrapeTV.com got their 2010 April Fool's jokein early. Bravo. Kanye is off the hook.