He even said it plain as day on Twitter this weekend: I'm sorry Taylor.
That is fine and well. However, over the past 24 hours, West has been tweeting a long, self-dubbed "stream-of-consciousness" diatribe about how he has been suffering over the past year--ever since he jumped on the 2009 VMAs stage, grabbed Taylor Swift's mic, and announced that Beyonce should have won in her place.
"I've hurt, I've bled, I've learned. I only want to do good. I am passionate I am human I am real," he pleaded on Twitter. "I wish I could talk to every hater face to face and change there a opinion of me one conversation at a time."
Again, fine and well. But. He didn't stop at explaining his personal development over the past year. West went on to point fingers at the media ("Who benefitted off of the moment? MTV? JAY LENO? BEYONCE? ALL FORMS OF MEDIA? TAYLOR? KANYE WEST? Who gained? Who lost?"), ponder why the incident was considered racially charged ("Why was it made into such a race issue. Taylor loves rap music... I love country music"), and instruct everyone on why what he did was incorrect ("It is distasteful to cut people off as a general rule"). As well as state why he felt he had a right to do what he did ("No one in our position ever stands up and says anything anymore").
Oh, Kanye. Oh, oh, Kanye. Speaking as a country music blogger--so ipso facto, Team Taylor--I just don't know what to say about all this.
The questions you ask and the statements you make seem far more naive than I would take you for. (Indeed, along with comparing himself to the Elphaba character in the hit musical Wicked--"The Wicked witch of the west basically is so convicted to tell her truth when she does it she is outcasted by society"--West calls himself a "32 year old child.")
Can't you figure out why this all happened? It doesn't need to be broken down into zillions of layers. You did something unbelievably boorish and hurtful to an innocent party in a very public forum. People like to rip on public figures when they do things like that. If anyone had done this, it would have resulted in disaster--media going crazy, people saying "what a jackass." Anyone.
Add the fact that you have a reputation for a big ego and a big mouth. That just made it worse.
I for one think it's nice that you want to make amends to Taylor Swift. But you already gave a personal apology to her shortly after the incident, which she said she accepted. I am not sure if your recent comments on Twitter are going to make anyone think you are anything but out of your mind. There has to be a better way to clear your conscience.
One final, particular item of interest which I must mention for country fans: West claims he felt Justin Timberlake should have won album of the year at the 2007 Grammy Awards, instead of the Dixie Chicks.
"I would have ran on stage for Justin that night because Sexy Back (in my mind) was that important," he explained.
I get what he's saying. But doesn't help the case much, does it?
I feel sorry for Kanye.
I hope things go well at the 2010 VMAs next week. He'll be there, and everyone will be watching what he does. I hope all this isn't just a calculated move to make himself appear better. If it is, it's not really working.
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