Kanye West turned to Twitter to express his thoughts on what he called a “brutal” interview with Matt Lauer on NBC’s “Today,” reports DAve Itzkoff in the New York Times.
According to the article, “Mr. West wrote on his Twitter feed, ‘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.’ Instead, Mr. West said, ‘While I was trying to give the interview they started playing the ‘MTV’ under me with audio,’ referring to Mr. West’s interruption of an acceptance speech by Taylor Swift at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. In an all-caps message, Mr. West wrote that Mr. Lauer ‘tried to force my answers,’ adding, ‘It was very brutal and I came there only with positive intent.’ “
The story continues to say that a tape of the interview reviewed by the New York Times shows that after West started to discuss how he can empathize with Bush–explaining that he was unfairly called racist after the MTV Awards–the singer was shown in a split screen with footage of the 2009 MTV incident.
Said West during the interview, “Yo, how am I supposed to talk? I’m hearing it while I’m trying to talk.”
West also tweeted, “Yo I really wonder if Matt Lauer thought that shit was cool to play the ‘MTV’ clip while I was speaking about Bush?” Lauer mentioned this tweet specifically on the “Today” show this morning.
Later in the 20-minute, uncut interview West tells Lauer, “I didn’t need you guys to prompt my emotions,” the story says.
Below is the West Lauer interview, and Lauer’s response to West’s tweets: