Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West is catching some heat this week after a fake story painted him as an over-the-top, self-centered egoist.
A bogus, satirical story posted last week sparked anger toward Kanye after readers believed he declared himself as the next Nelson Mandela.
On Friday (Dec. 6), “The Daily Currant” ran a fake interview with Kanye West saying he thinks he is “the next Nelson Mandela.” The fake and definitely not real interview (the Currant describes itself as “The Global Satirical Newspaper of Record”) included such quotes as “Mandela was working in South Africa, which has, like what, six people? I started my magic here in the USA and then I took my business global” and “I liberate minds with my music. That’s more important than liberating a few people from apartheid or whatever.” Yeah, it was pretty disrespectful. And a lot of people thought it was real. And those same people got really angry … and wanted to put Kanye in prison “to make sure” he’s the next Mandela. Most of them took to Twitter and even linked to the fake and definitely not real article. (Huffington Post)
Along with the readers, various websites picked up the fake story and reported on it.
The spoof remarks – which initially seemed plausible, given that West had likened himself to God, Picasso and Steve Jobs in the past – quickly sparked outrage on Twitter. “Kanye West said he’s gonna be the next Nelson Mandela. Let’s start him off with 27 years in jail,” one follower wrote. “Jusy wanna say f*** you for saying you better than Nelson Mandela[sic],” another added. Two South African websites also misinterpreted the story as real, and reported on it. (The Independent)
Last month, Mr. West felt the wrath of the Internet after being dragged into a bogus paparazzi fight video.
A video went viral Tuesday that appeared to show rapper Kanye West use some sick MMA-style fighting skills to take down two paparazzi. The video was titled “Kanye West Attacks Paparazzi.” The video in question was supposedly taken this weekend in Austin, Texas. But Kanye was in New York City to celebrate Leonardo DiCaprio‘s 39th birthday at night then took a private jet back to LA the next day … Unless he made an overnight side-trip to Austin to brawl in the street with strangers for no apparent reason, it’s not him. Also, there are no “paparazzi” anywhere to be seen. None of the people fighting have cameras, and thus aren’t paparazzi. In fact no one has a camera except the guy filming some guys having a street brawl on his cell phone. And last but not least, Kanye is already in trouble with the law for brawling with a paparazzo outside of LAX last summer and per his lawyer’s advice has been on his best behavior around the paparazzi since. (RumorFix)
Despite the initial confusion, media outlets eventually confirmed Ye was not involved in the fight.
TMZ has confirmed … the fighter is NOT Kanye. The video was shot in Austin, TX and Mr. Kardashian wasn’t there at the time this hit the Internet. Our Kanye sources say he’s aware of the video and laughed, saying if it were really him, he’d be in jail for sure. All that aside, you gotta see this video. It’s awesome. (TMZ)
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