Earlier today, we brought you President George W. Bush’s pop culture moment of Zen, his complaint that Kanye West’s “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” moment during a 2005 Katrina telethon was his (Bush’s) “all time low”. Bush’s reasoning is that Kanye was calling him a racist, but it was certainly interesting to hear Bush describe THAT moment as “one of the most disgusting moments” of his presidency.
So I’ve been waiting all day to see Kanye West’s response to Bush. In emails to CB, I’ve been CHANNELING KANYE IN PREPARATION. I’ve been checking in on Kanye’s Twitter. Nothing! Well, there was “Never put me in a box” but I thought Kanye was talking about vagina, not B/bush. As it turns out, though, Kanye has responded – he called into a Texas radio station for a pre-scheduled interview, and he got the question about Bush. Kanye’s response was… shockingly gracious. Sorry, SHOCKINGLY GRACIOUS.
Kanye West has responded to former president George W. Bush’s recent statement regarding his controversial post-Hurricane Katrina remarks. West’s surprising reply: Now that five years have gone by, he can sympathize more with the man he once said “doesn’t care about black people.”
Bush recently told Matt Lauer that hearing West say those words during a Hurricane Katrina benefit telethon was “a disgusting moment.” He recalled telling his wife at the time that West’s comments were in fact the single worst moment of his presidency. Today, an interviewer from a Houston radio station asked West for his thoughts on the matter.
“I definitely can understand the way he feels, to be accused of being a racist in any way, because the same thing happened to me, where I got accused of being a racist,” West replied, referring to the aftermath of his run-in with Taylor Swift last fall. “For both situations, it was basically a lack of compassion that America felt in that situation. With him, it was a lack of compassion of him not rushing, him not taking the time to rush down to New Orleans. For me, it was a lack of compassion of cutting someone off in their moment. But nonetheless, I think we’re all quick to pull a race card in America. And now I’m more open, and the poetic justice that I feel, to have went through the same thing that he went [through] — and now I really more connect with him on just a humanitarian level.”
[From Entertainment Weekly]
The interview clip is online, so you can hear Kanye too – he sounds… nice. Thoughtful. Isn’t it weird that in this mini-battle of a former president and an egotistical pop/hip-hop star, Kanye is the one who has grown up and changed for the better? That Kanye is the one who seems to put in some (not all, but SOME) of the work of becoming a better and a bigger man? Am I saying that Kanye will never do anything douchey and stupid every again? Of course not. Just that he made a smart move this one time. TEAM KANYE.
Written by Kaiser
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