Here is the Kanye West Today Show video broadcast on Thurs. Nov. 11, 2010. The interview with NBC’s Matt Lauer focused on former President George W. Bush who had, in a previous interview with Lauer — and in his newly published book Decision Points — discussed Kanye West’s remarks about his response to Hurricane Katrina.
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Kanye West had said, “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” during a telethon in 2005 for Hurricane Katrina which the former President then characterized as the most “disgusting moment” in his presidency.
Asked what he thought about Bush’s reaction, Kanye West said, “I can’t really speak to that. His explanation I completely agree with. I empathize.” He went on to note that at the time he was being hailed as a hero for what he said. He added: “You know in your heart as a person to peg someone as a racist…it’s just not right.” He went on to say he empathized with being pegged as a racist.
Matt Lauer, in playing the video clip from his interview with Bush said, “This is the most emotional he got during the interview.”
Kanye West responded, “I don’t need all the jazz.” (referring the the playing of the video clip) “I would tell George Bush that I didn’t have the grounds to call him a racist. But I believe that in a situation of high emotion like that, we as human beings don’t always choose the right words. I want to get the exact perfect wording because everything I say gets taken and drawn into headlines. I needed to man up…..I came to say I’ve made mistakes.”
After airing the interview, Lauer addressed Kanye West’s criticism of it via Twitter, notably his objection to the playing of the clip from the 2009 MTV VMAs during which he interrupted Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech. He said, “Nothing improper about it and nothing unusual about it and we should say that when Bush was here on Weds he appreciated the apology.”
The multi-Grammy winning rapper’s forthcoming 5th studio album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy to be released on Nov. 22, 2010. He will be performing a live concert at the Plaza on Today Show on Nov. 26 in support of the album.
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