Kanye West apologizes for George W. Bush rant

Kanye West told the Today show that he regrets his infamous “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” comment, something the former president has cited, during his recent book tour, as a low point in his tenure. In a taped interview shown live to Bush, West said, “I would say of George Bush, in my moment of frustration, 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.” Bush responded, “I appreciate that. It wasn’t just Kanye West who was talking like that during Katrina, I cited him as an example, I cited others as an example as well. You know, I appreciate that.”

But West didn’t at all appreciate how the whole exchange came to pass. Yesterday, after the taping, West Tweeted, “let me tell you how they did me at the Today show.” He went on to say, “I went up there to express how I was empathetic to Bush because I labeled him a racist and years later I got labeled as a racist. … 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.”


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  • Clete

    I was out of the office the last two days. Glad to see that EW keeps me up to date on what Kanye West is doing.

    I personally think that the only person George Bush cares about is….George Bush.

    • Barry

      Thanks for you a$$inine opinion.

    • LOL

      Bush doesn’t care about anyone.

    • Franklin

      GEORGE BUSH DOESN’T CARE ABOUT BLACK PUPPETS!

    • ENOUGH ALREADY

      C’MON! Enough already! Why don’t they just call this magazine “EW featuring Kanye West” since they feature him in an article EVERYDAY!

  • RK

    But what does Kanye think of Glee?

    • Marc

      Good question. EW, the reigning experts on Glee, what DOES Kanye think about Glee? I can’t believe you don’t have a Glee article in relation to Kanye. Gee, EW…and here I thought you provided extensive coverage on Glee. For shame!!!!

  • Niche

    Dammit. Kanye’s going soft.

    • TQB

      Seriously. I need my Kanye to always be extreme and never back down. It’s a foothold of my universe.

  • Buffy Freak

    George, Kanye…you’re both moronic. Now please go away…

  • Jared

    Please. Kayne is an insensitive, self-absorbed jerk, and he’s no more sorry for his remark than a child forced by his mother to feebly mutter “I’m sorry,” to the wronged party. I cannot stand that man.

  • Krystal

    this is getting out of hand…

  • The Bob Loblaw Law Blog

    Where’s the apology for the years of horrible music?

  • Vince from NYC

    Great News! Now maybe we can finally get that Bush/West collaberation track we’ve all waited so long for.

  • Phil

    Did anyone actually see the George & Oprah interview yesterday? I cant believe SHE WENT SOFT. He is STILL an awful interview! And he still repeats questions as his answers cause he is so dumb he has no idea what to say without looking clueless.

    • Phil

      IN FACT, If Oprha could get her hometown homie Kanye & George to sit down together on her show…with her as the moderator…JUST WOW…Talk about primetime ratings bonaza….

  • Amy

    So a disaster that left millions homeless, dead and destitute is compared to interrupting a singer getting an award???? How on earth is Kanye like Bush in that regard??? Gee let’s compare ice cubes to dog poop– no logic– at all!

    • Matt

      Are you suggesting that Bush caused Hurricane Katrina?

      • xgirl

        of course she is. hadn’t you heard? bush is the cause of EVERYTHING that is wrong in the world/our lives. in fact, he caused me to stub my toe this morning. never before or never again will there be anyone but bush to blame for all the problems in your life. it’s amazing that he has a magical machine that not only controls the weather, but he can single handedly control the world’s economy, all the terrorist’s actions, AND your thoughts!! he truly is a diabolical genius!!!

      • Vince from NYC

        Ummm no.. But he did leave Americans without fresh water for days in the Superdome. He handled it terribly. And yes, he did kill our economy by way of dergulation so hi buddies could rob middle class americans blind. Not to mention teh trillions of dollars to flex our muscles in the middle east.

      • xgirl

        oh, vince. you are so right. bush did it ALL by himself. we morons just don’t know any better. thank you for schooling me with your vast knowledge. i totally forgot we had a monarchy here in america!! it’s amazing what ONE MAN can do! wow! he must be super human.

  • Larry David

    I love Kanye West! And George Bush is supposed to be a great person!!

  • OMG

    Why did I read this piece?????

  • sanai

    Kanye is such a girl…..Take off the tampon for God’s sake. Stop whining that Matt Lauer was brutal to you and tried to force your answers. Hello….he’s a journalist. It’s his job to get answers and all Kanye ahd to do was say no comment or decline to answer! It like his music, but he is not a person that I would want in my everyday life. It was brutal the way he treated Taylor Swift, but he didn’t see a problem with that when he was doing it. Thank GOD that Beyonce was raised and has some morals. She showed that she was a true lady when she allowed Taylor her time to shine. Someone needs to teach Kanye humility and how to be a man.

    • dentonitis

      Women don’t put ON tampons, they insert them, and would therefore take them OUT, not OFF. Not sure what tampons have to do with this discussion, but it seems to me that Bush is the one whining that his worst moment (seriously?) was Kanye calling him racist, so who’s the big baby now? And by the way, Kanye didn’t call him racist, he merely stated the obvious–that Bush is indifferent toward black people.

  • Gary

    Kanye is a racist!! White people should not buy his crap.

  • Please, No!

    Don’t do it Kanye, it’s a trick. Everyone knows that George W. Bush is responsible for all the world’s problems since the beginning of time. He made you do it. Goooooooo mesiah!

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