Kanye West reveals: ‘My father was a paparazzo himself’, except not really


Besides Sam Smith and Beyonce, one of my favorite highlights from Sunday’s VMAs was Jay Pharoah’s on-stage impression of Kanye. Pharoah was on point! He was saying stuff that feels genuinely authentic to the Kanye West Experience, like: “I created television! Can’t nobody else do that.” My favorite? “My videos cure ALS, y’all! I don’t need to do no ice bucket challenge!”

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I actually wondered if we were going to get some kind of Yeezus rant about this, something about #nodisrespecttoBenAffleck but Jay Pharoah wouldn’t know artistic genius if it ran over to him in leather jeggings and a bejweled Maison Martin Margiela mask. Instead, TMZ dropped this HUGE NEWS which is basically just another piece of Kanye’s deposition from his paparazzo-beating civil case.

Kanye West played the ‘some of my best friends are black’ card in his civil lawsuit over the LAX paparazzi attack — revealing that his dad was once a celebrity photog.

During deposition for the suit filed by Daniel Ramos … Kanye told Ramos’ attorney, “My father was a paparazzo himself.” He added that his parents didn’t raise him to “be out here wrestling with random paparazzi in front of LAX.”

Kanye said he respects some of the paparazzi and gets along with them from time to time, but accused Ramos of asking him about “dumb s**t.”

West went on to list a bunch of other jobs his dad did — marriage counselor, medical illustrator and Black Panther. Maybe explaining why …. as we first told you … he also declared himself, “the smartest celebrity you’ve ever f***king dealt with” during the deposition.

[From TMZ]

Kanye’s father was a Black Panther marriage counselor and medical artist who dabbled in celebrity photography? Sure. Why not? So, I actually looked it up – Kanye’s Wiki says that his dad, Ray West (that’s a great name) was one of the first black photojournalists for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Er… that’s not really a paparazzo. A photojournalist for a major newspaper is NOT the same as a paparazzo, you know? Also: I had no idea that Yeezus was born in Georgia. I really should have glanced through his Wiki before now.


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  1. Abbott says:

    Kanye also was the judge who married Angie and Brad. Duh.

  2. paola says:

    What’s the point of this statement?
    he hates paps but he reveals to the world that his father ‘ was one of them’.
    Errh.. seriously can someone help me here? I’m puzzled.
    Is he just plain stupid? Has he lost his mind? Should he been given one of those magic pills the elderly get to cure Alzheimer? Should we lock him up and throw the key? Is he dangerous?

    • Allie says:

      I think he was trying to explain that since his dad was apparently a pap, he was raised to respect them.

      His rants are everything. Although, isn’t it illegal to lie under oath? I know these are little white lies that really have no relation to the issue, but Kanye, you nuts.

      • Rae says:

        I think the problem is that he BELIEVES his own bullshit. In his mind, he’s not lying. He’d never be charged with perjury because everyone knows he’s completely batshit.

  3. Kiddo says:

    That was funny, Kaiser. Nothing to add.

  4. Dawn says:

    I just can’t with this tool. I am so sick of his hypocritical rants and his saying one thing to people and living the exact opposite way. I don’t care if he hit the pap or didn’t hit the pap or whatever. It seems everything he does now is for publicity and nothing more. Didn’t he used to concentrate on his rap and leave the rest of the world alone? He is just so tiring.

  5. littlemissnaughty says:

    Why would he insult his father like that??? Except … okay, yes, he would. Because photojournalist or paparazzo is really not the questions when the man’s greatest achievement was clearly fathering THE SMARTEST CELEBRITY EVAH! … I wonder how and when he turned so crazy.

    • Abbott says:

      Imma let you finish littlemissnaughty, but Ashton Kutcher is THE SMARTEST CELEBRITY OF ALL TIME!

    • Meredith says:

      I often wonder how such a smart woman (Donda West was a college professor) raised such a dumb out-of-touch-with-reality son. It must be some kind of anomoly or freak occurrence.

      • lucy2 says:

        Book smart, not common sense smart?

      • HH says:

        @lucy2 – That sounds about right. I don’t mean to sound completely callous, but Donda died due to complications with plastic surgery that a doctor had warned her against. One doctor refused to do the surgery because she had heart issues that put her at risk of a heart attack. Thus, she found another doctor who would perform the surgery and she passed away due to she had been warned against.

  6. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    It kind of makes me cringe that Kanye thinks he’s the smartest celebrity ever. See, Kanye, smart people don’t say things like that. Smart people don’t express their disdain for others by punching them, especially when that’s what the other person wants, so they can sue the leather pants off of you. Smart people don’t marry Kim. Smart people don’t name their children North West. It’s just embarrassing.

  7. Lara K says:

    “Except not really” should be tacked on after EVERY sentence Kanye says. Ever.

  8. Ninks says:

    I never knew Kanye was born of mortal man. This changes everything for me.

  9. Ruyana says:

    I think he is a sick, sick person.

  10. capepopsie says:

    Oh my gosh, sigh . . . . . .

  11. Nicolette says:

    Oh Kanye hush up. There’s enough hot air flowing around in late August without your mouth constantly being open.

  12. MissWilson says:

    His grammar, practically unintelligible…that’s all I have to say.

  13. BeckyR says:

    He is really a most unattractive person. With a huge ego.

  14. kri says:

    So he just totally dismissed the legit career of his father to make himself seem more sympathetic? Or what? WTF is he saying? WHY TF is he saying it? Being a photojournalist is an honorable line of work, and he just pooped on it. You know what is most amazing about Kanye West? His parents. And his kid. That;s it. Nothing about him impresses me, from his grandiose statements to his digusting blowhole of a wife.

  15. emma says:

    what a silly person.

  16. Gypsy says:

    Italian word: Paparazzo (s) – Paparazzi (p)
    actually Paparazzo really just means “freelance photographer”.
    Someone who snaps photos and sells it to a Newspaper/Tabloid – can be of a crime scene or a celeb.
    That was smart of Kanye, show the Court you can empathize with Paparazzi and people like them, that you identify with them through your father who you love.
    I betcha the opposing Attorney was disappointed in Kanye’s response, he wanted to hear an hateful rant.

    • Bob Loblaw says:

      Not exactly. The term was popularized from the Italian film, la Dolce vita, and “paparazzi” as we call them follow celebrities in everyday life rather than doing actual photo-journalism or traditional freelance work. Freelance photography and photo-journalism are not synonymous with “paparazzi”.

    • melain says:

      Good point Gypsy. I bet his attorney actually advised him to say that.