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Kanye Kissed A Fish And He Didn’t Like It

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I read Kanye's personal blog response to Wednesday's South Park Fishstick episode before Iwatched the show.

Characterizing Kanye as a gay fish on the edgy animatedcomedy hurt his feelings.

Unlike his usual egotistical rants, this post overflows withhumility.

"SOUTH PARKMURDERED ME LAST NIGHT AND IT'S PRETTY FUNNY," he writes Thursday in histrademark all capital letters. "IT HURTS MY FEELINGS BUT WHAT CAN YOU EXPECTFROM SOUTH PARK!"

I immediately dismissed Kanye's reply as sarcasm. I figuredhe was for once trying reverse psychology, figuring that he would resistfeeding into yet another round of media drama.

Then I watched the South Parkepisode.

Wow.

I generally feel that Kanye provokes the negativity he oftenreceives from the media. But the South Parkepisode crosses the line. I imagine regular South Parkviewers will argue that this episode was no different than what regularlyhappens on the show so Kanye should not be upset. But I disagree.

Any public scrutiny over his award show tantrums, overuse ofAuto-Tune, spats with the paparazzi or even that crazy mullet shag 'frohairstyle he was wearing are based on factual events.

For South Park todevote an entire episode to Kanye being the butt of a joke that dubbed him agay fish is baseless and over the top.  

I think he was so shocked by it that he realized thatblowing up as he typically does would only set him up to be further ridiculed.The premise of the Fishstick episode made the point that Kanye was so aloofthat he did not realize that everyone else in the world thought he was crazy.It is good that he remains calm and does not fall into the South Park trap.

I am not saying that the episode was not funny. I just thinkit was wrong.

Ironically, in Kanye's blog he admits that his ego has beenout of control and that he is working on toning it down. He understands how hisattitude plays into the way he is portrayed in the media.

"AS LONG AS PEOPLE THINK I ACT LIKE A B-TCH THIS TYPE OF SH-T WILL HAPPEN TO ME," Kanye says. "I GOT A LONG ROAD AHEAD OF ME TO MAKE PEOPLE BELIEVE I'M NOT ACTUALLY A HUGE D-----E. BUT I'M UP FOR THE CHALLENGE. 

Surprisingly, Kanye does not attack the South Park writers, but instead pays them compliments. "I'M SURE THE WRITERS AT SOUTH PARK ARE REALLY NICE PEOPLE IN REAL LIFE," Kanye says. "THANKS FOR TAKING THE TIME TO DRAW MY CREW. THAT WAS PRETTY FUNNY!"

Kanye continues that his boisterous personality was his wayto overcompensate for those who did not believe in him or his art. But now thathe has fans worldwide, he realizes that it is no longer necessary for him toboast about being a great artist.

"IT'S COOL TO TALK SH-T WHEN YOU'RE RAPPING BUT NOT IN REALLIFE," he says. "I NEED TO JUST GET PAST MYSELF. DROP THE BRAVADO AND JUST MAKEDOPE PRODUCT. EVERYTHING IS NOT THAT SERIOUS."

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