By now you have probably heard — through the wild cackling of a thousand million Twitter feeds — that Kanye was on Jimmy Kimmel last night, bringing no disrespect to Ben Affleck. And his interview was… interesting, to say the least. Because GFY Kanye is a frequent visitor to the site, we thought it prudent to showcase a piece of our parody’s inspiration, when said piece of inspiration is en fuego. Or in his words, “It’s about truth, it’s about information, it’s about awesomeness.”
The thing about Kanye is that for all his bluster, he’s really interesting. And, I think, genuinely intelligent. I don’t think he lacks earnestness, nor compassion, nor certainly passion, and I believe he struggles with a paper-thin skin and extreme sensitivity in a way he hasn’t fully learned to handle and may not even see. And when you crown that whole cocktail with his enormous ego — the monumental self-esteem that doesn’t understand when it becomes self-aggrandizement — you get the rambling, bizarre, deludinoid Kanye who steps all over his own good intentions and sense of humor. He’s one part compelling, one part performance art, and two parts Nicholas Fehn from SNL (Fred Armisen’s character who is ALL digressions and no actual statements).
Here are the clips, from Hulu, broken into six bite-size chunks. Feel free to discuss amongst yourselves.
Part 1: In which Kanye says he’s wearing “Ralph,” he and Kimmel talk about the origins of their epic Twitter feud, and Kanye announces he DOES NOT DO publicity stunts:
Part 2: In which Jimmy and Kimmel talk a lot about this wedding they went to, how celebrities complain about the press to other celebs all the time, and how frustrated Kanye is by the way the tabloids treat him.
Part 3: In which Kanye says he spend his telemarketing on Gucci slippers, talks about how fearless he is, and is sort of sweet about North, and is REALLY ANNOYED that the Hollywood Walk of Fame won’t let Kim have a star. And also reminds us that he is a genius. Literally, he reminds us: “I’m totally weird and I’m totally honest and I’m totally inappropriate sometimes and to say I’m not a genius I would be lying to you and to myself.”
Part 4: Which includes a replay of Josh Groban singing the best quotes of Kanye, which remains sincerely hilarious. Also: Kanye waxes super poetic about Twitter: “Media does everything it can to break creatives, to break artists, to break creatives, and I do everything I can to break media.”
Part 5: In which Kanye really gets going about fashion, and is REALLY pretty sure he invented the leather jogging pant. “There’s no black guy at the end of the runway in Paris,” he points out, which, frankly, is true. He also says, “Who do you know who is known MORE for clothes than me?” (Well…Marc Jacobs?) But this segment is also actually very interesting. “All we wanna do is make awesome stuff:”
And Part 6: In which Kanye announces, “it’s about truth, it’s about information, it’s about awesomeness, and the only luxury is time.” He also goes OFF on the paparazzi and the way the treat him and Kim. “You DO help me get money, paparazzi! You show people how fresh my outfit is.”