Kanye West says we should give Chris Brown “a break”


Kanye West is known for saying things that get him in trouble. I don’t think he actually lacks that self-censoring device most of us have in our brains, he just continually chooses to ignore his. And I will give him credit – he gets a lot of attention for it, and that’s got to be good for his career. But some unfortunate stuff slips out of his mouth on occasion. And by “on occasion,” I mean more often than not.

During a February 13th taping of VH1’s “Storytellers,” Kanye talked about a feud with Radiohead, made supportive statements about Chris Brown… and even O.J. Simpson. Whoops.

Hip-hop star Kanye West trashed Radiohead and said the public should give Chris Brown “a break,” during a recent taping of VH1’s “Storytellers.” But the comments will not make it to air when the episode premieres on the lifestyle cable network on Saturday.

The taping, which took place on February 13 at Sony Studios in Los Angeles, lasted three hours. The show’s producers cut it to 90 minutes, after getting network approval to expand the episode from its usual one hour. The idea behind “Storytellers” is that VH1 encourages the artist “to just keep talking,” and producers in turn will “eliminate any ‘gotcha’ moments” that don’t work, Flanagan said.

During the taping, according to a Reuters reporter, West was aggrieved that Radiohead singer Thom Yorke had allegedly snubbed him backstage at the Grammys five days earlier. That hurt, West told the audience, because he idolizes the British band, and considers it one of his few creative rivals. “So when he performed at the Grammys, I sat the f— down,” West said.

A little later, West asked the crowd, “Can’t we give Chris a break? … I know I make mistakes in life.” He was referring to R&B singer Chris Brown, who was arrested on the night of the Grammys on suspicion of beating his girlfriend Rihanna.

In the same context, West earned loud applause with his declaration: “Michael Jackson, amazing. Michael Phelps, amazing … He’s a real f—in’ person; he makes mistakes,” referring to the champion swimmer’s recent bong pipe brouhaha.

VH1 has cleaned up those comments a bit, and it also included West’s less-popular follow-up observation: “O.J. Simpson, amazing. Is he not? What he did, when he did, what he did. Was he not amazing though?”

[From Reuters]

Um… um… don’t know how to respond without getting into all sorts of trouble. First: no we cannot give Chris Brown a break. He doesn’t deserve or need one. In fact, on February 10th – just three days before Kanye filmed the “Storytellers” piece, he said, “I was completely devastated by the concept of what I heard,” and “All I want to say is, it’s so devastating. Just as a person, I don’t care how famous she is or even if she just worked at McDonald’s … [abuse] should never happen. It should never come to that place.” That was fairly carefully worded for Kanye, and I was a little surprised by it at the time. He’s known for taking a very forceful position with his opinions. Now I guess we know why.

And O.J. Simpson – really? You really want people to nod along while you call him amazing? Obviously Kanye was talking about his football career, but you can’t separate his career from his crimes when you talk about him anymore. They were so heinous and so divided the country. Kanye can’t expect people to agree when he calls O.J. amazing. Even for him, I can’t imagine how he thought he’d get away with that comment.

I really like Kanye’s music but I hate his ego. And I hate that crap that often flies out of his mouth – when you know that if someone else were so free with negative opinions about him, Kanye wouldn’t stand for it. But when he’s the one spouting offensive crap, it’s fine. I hope Rihanna refuses to be associated with him in the future. She deserves more support from someone who supposedly see her as like his “baby sis” – as Kanye himself put it.

Here’s Kanye at London Fashion Week at the House of Holland Party on Tuesday. Images thanks to WENN.com and BauerGriffinOnline.

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  1. the original kate says:


  2. nicky says:

    He is right they are kids .This won’t be the last mistake in i hope wonderfully blessed lives. Let’s just hope it in tells counseling on both ends.

  3. Annie says:

    Kanye shouldn’t be allowed to speak.

    It was bad enough that he said “Bush hates black people” (Which, granted, is probably rather accurate but tactless nonetheless) and then he went on to say that he’s the voice of this generation?

    KANYE!!! It’s ME! ANNIE. I just wanted to tell you to SHUTTHEFCKUP.


  4. Annie says:

    Oh and Kanye,

    Michael Jackson’s music WAS amazing. But that doesn’t mean we should forgive/forget the part where he violated CHILDREN for his own sick pleasure.

    And Michael Phelps, that’s not even close to the same thing….a bong does NOT equal beating the shit out of another human being.

  5. K-MAC says:

    Kayne West is a disturbed man. I can no longer buy, listen to, or support his music. Rihanna was beat and badly. Nicole Brown Simpson was murdered. Kayne better have a PR firm that does damage control for things are about to get ugly for him.
    Whatever started the argument between Rihanna and Chris Brown, however heated it got, no one, and I mean NO ONE, deserves what she got. Even if Chris Browm was 40 he would still be beating on someone.
    I am fully disgusted by Kayne’s comments and this event happened not because they are young, but because of circumstances while growing up. This is a deep issue that follows individuals throughout their lives-DOMESTIC VIOLENCE is NEVER the answer.
    Along with Chris Brown, I boycott Kayne West.

  6. TinaWithPom says:

    I hate this pompous, self-important idiot. Let’s give Kanye West’s career a break… permanently.

  7. boomchakaboom says:

    Would he feel that way if his late mother had been beaten by a boyfriend? I seriously think not. Well, I would HOPE not, anyhow. Maybe he wouldn’t mind. Hell if I know.

  8. becca says:

    Oi, let’s just ignore the pretentious loudmouth named Kanye. It will make everyone better off in the end. 🙂

  9. Lina says:

    I agree about Kanye’s ego. He makes great music but I get really turned off by his ego/cockyness. Every time he speaks I just roll my eyes. I don’t know if it’s just a front to get more attention but he really doesn’t need it because of his musical talent. Many other rappers have done fine without any of that annoying ego (Jay-Z comes to mind).

  10. Lee says:

    A break? A compound fracture would be more appropriate.

  11. Codzilla says:

    I can’t stand this narcissistic tampon. Let’s hope he eventually bitches his way into oblivion.

  12. NOT a Kanye fan says:

    What a JERK!!! Buy a brain you MORON.
    You are NOT speaking for OUR generation.
    Your a total pig and I can’t stand your music,looks,ego or your ugly mouth.

  13. Melanie says:

    Does anyone else think Kanye West is clinically insane?

  14. Kayleigh says:

    Ok so I found a cure for AIDS but after that I bought a small portion of Africa and slaughtered all the people.
    Give me a break, I’m amazing!

  15. Jane says:

    With all the money he has, too bad he can’t buy any sense.

  16. gg says:

    ahahahah!!! @ Lee and Codzilla

  17. Ria says:

    Dlisted is reporting that People Mag is saying they are back together. Maybe he’s side stepping earlier comments to keep her from being pissed at him?

  18. kiki says:

    Rihanna an chris are back together. People mag says so.
    I said she would go back to him

  19. Sunny says:

    Rhianna took Chris Brown back.
    So if she doesn’t care, I don’t either.
    She also gets no sympathy from me the next time he jacks her up.

  20. daniel says:

    Rhiana only took Chris back because she knew if she didn’t his career would be over and she felt bad for him. So after the sh*t storm blows over she’ll probably quietly break up with him….

    As far a con-yeah’s career, hopefully he’ll fade into oblivion, but just like Paris Hilton he be around when cock roaches are the only living things left on the planet, lol!

  21. Ophelia says:

    That’s just absurd that he encourages us to give Chris Brown a break in the same train of thought as giving Michael Phelps a break. Like he thinks choking a woman unconscious and punching her is somehow tantamount to a 23 year old smoking pot with his buddies. WTF! I hate that I like his music!!

  22. Lia says:

    West is a sissy-looking moron, who does not appear to be educated either scholastically or socially. Anyone who saw his behavior on “Punked” would have seen that this guy is a stupid man who acts more ghetto than anyone. Why does the media continue to report his silly thoughts?

  23. ChristinaX says:

    I’m actually surprised it took him this long to say something like this.

    What a tit head.

  24. pixiegirl says:

    You gotta give it to him, he’s not afraid to be controversial. Come to think of it, I wonder if he even understands the concept of controversy. He just says whatever pops into his brain without a second thought and acts totally surprised/angry when he is criticized. In some weird way, I kinda feel sorry for him. He seems a little pathetic always yelling about how great he is. He either believes his own hype about himself (which must be terribly lonely) or he’s desperately trying to convince people of a greatness which he knows is lacking (which I find sad). Either way, I’m glad I’m not friends with him. What a drama queen!

  25. CB Rawks says:

    Disgusting moronic jackass waste of a human life.

  26. The Old KC says:

    I, for one, think Kanye’s music is unlistenable. And I am the Original Music Slut – I usually love just about anything. His lyrics and phrasing just come across as really forced and obvious to me – he tries way too hard to be highbrow. On a personal level, though, I think he just has a weird knack for being really inarticulate. I don’t understand why he walks around with his mouth hanging open either, original kate. In his defense, though, if you consider his inarticulateness -is that a word? – maybe he was saying that Chris Brown doesn’t deserve death threats. I dunno. He really needs to take a communications class.

  27. mojoman says:

    Somebody please shove a couple of Imodium down his throat..seems Kanye has a worse case of diarrhea in the mouth again!

  28. gg says:

    The Old KC – you said it perfectly. I think a harness around that mouth is long overdue. It’ll never happen.

  29. Baholicious says:

    Yeah, he narcissistic you know why? His mother taught him that. He’s probably got a conduct disorder and all his life heard what a little genius he was and that’s why nobody understands him.

    Additionally, given the current company he’s rolling with he’s probably on the Peruvian marching powder too…judging by the elevation of his talkin’ smack level. I mean the MJ, OJ, Michael Phelps comments? That’s coke talk.

  30. Rob says:

    I agree with earlier comment the media needs to stop focusing on these illiterate twats who ramble incoherently on top of someone else’s music, sampled over two monkey’s beating a drum. All of them. Rap is for the uneducated, making words up and mis-pronoucing the rest. Full of self importance and money obsession. If someone wants to figure out what’s wrong with modern society take a look at the media appointed role models.

  31. Trillion says:

    It’s as if he’s in a contest with Courtney Love who can get the most attention for saying the most controversial things. Except that Kanye West makes relevant music, like him or not. I think he could’ve worded it a lot better, but I do believe that forgiveness is one of the most difficult and most eddifying actions. Shunning Chris Brown will not help him evolve, although it is emotionally gratifying.

  32. Dan says:

    seriously kanye-stfu. we’re tired of your mumblings-your not the “voice of a generation” your more like the crazy cat person who just goes on and on. seriously, if you do decide to make commenst please engage that muscle you don’t use that often called your brain.

  33. Amy says:

    makes relevant music? please-taking someone elses track-cutting it up and laying ova stupid lyrics does not make for relevant music. i doubt the music world would be that deprived if kanye disappeared!

  34. CHARLIE says:

    i agree with one thing i read on here,

    Kanye shouldn’t be allowed to speak

  35. Judy says:

    I see no talent in this man. He always has something to say but it always is crap. He is not very smart.OH yes and he cannot dance !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  36. Kylie says:

    Maybe if all the gossip sites and magazines stopped giving KW a platform to run off at the mouth he would learn to shut up and realize no one is listening!

  37. mE says:

    If he meant “break” as in “break a boot off in his ass” I am in complete agreement.


  38. Caryn says:

    Yes people all make mistakes – getting caught smoking pot is a mistake to be sure, and probably just a mistake of youth. Like the case of Michael Phelps.And a break should be given especially considering the age.

    However, spousal abuse- not a mistake regardless of the age. This is a pattern of behavior to come – (behavior by the way that has been proven to escalate) without treatment. This is the violent abuse of another person – who will forever be damaged by this abuse. The woulds may heal on abuse victims but there will always be scars from being beaten by someone you loved and trusted. Chris needs jail time. He needs to hit rock bottom to see how wrong he was and how unforgivable this behavior is.

    THe last things he needs is a break so that for one moment he thinks what he did was ok.

    Maybe Kanye needs to be smacked around by someone larger and stronger- someone tha he can’t defend himself from- and then be told that his attacker needs a break.

  39. j. ferber says:

    You rock, Caryn.

  40. j. ferber says:

    One caveat to Caryn’s post: I don’t believe there is any successful treatment for abusers. Maybe jail. As a college student in Binghamton, I interviewed a domestic violence hotline director. Not only did she say that university professors’ wives were frequent callers, but that guys in anger management classes often networked on such topics as where to hit so as not to leave a mark.