Kanye West was recently a guest on the “Today Show.” Matt Lauer interviewed the star and asked him questions about George W. Bush. The “Today Show” also showed a clip of Kanye West’s notorious storming of the stage at the VMA Awards of Taylor Swift.
Kanye West took to his Twitter account following the interview to express anger at Matt Lauer and the “Today Show.” According to TMZ, Kanye was scheduled to perform on the Black Friday episode, but West has pulled out of the show due to “obvious reasons.” Does Kanye West have the right to be upset over his interview with Matt Lauer?
During Kanye West’s interview, Matt Lauer asked him questions about his statement “President Bush doesn’t like black people.” West’s words have been in the media again recently. President Bush is promoting the release of his presidential memoirs. The Kanye West incident is discussed in the book and his words greatly affected the President. Matt Lauer puts West on the spot to “say what he would want to say to President Bush” about the incident. West was visibly flustered and uncomfortable with Lauer’s questions.
Taking to his Twitter account to express his feelings over the interview, Kanye West expressed outrage. One of his many tweets about the incident: “I don’t mess with Matt Lauer or the Today Show … and that’s a very nice way for me to put it! HE TRIED TO FORCE MY ANSWERS. IT WAS VERY BRUTAL AND I CAME THERE WITH ONLY POSITIVE INTENT. I feel very alone very used very tortured very forced very misunderstood very hollow very very misused. I don’t trust anyone but myself! Everyone has an agenda. I don’t do press anymore. I can’t be everything to everybody anymore.”
After watching the interview, I do not see any reason why Kanye West should be as upset as he is over the whole thing. Matt Lauer, as good interviewers do, wanted to get honest and thought-provoking answers. Kanye West has engaged in very controversial actions, so of course Lauer would ask him about or showcase these incidents.
Nothing new is revealed in the interview. West just had trouble answering the questions and isn’t happy he did not come across the way he wished to. All common difficulties in interviews. In fact, in my opinion, he did not even come across negatively in the interview. His intense anger seems absurd.
Kanye West has expressed apologies for some of his past actions, but the actions do not just go away. Although he is ready to move on, its obvious that the public isn’t. Implying President Bush was racist and insulting Taylor Swift while she was receiving an award are not occurrences that “just disappear.” Kanye West is going to have to accept, that for the time being, these incidences are a large part of how the public perceives him.
Expressing anger at a responsibly conducted interview by cancelling a previously scheduled performance is ridiculous. Not to mention the silly Twitter rampage. Kanye West has been trying to demonstrate to the public how much he has grown-up and matured. I am definitely not seeing it in this situation.