Despite his repeated apologies for crashing Taylor Swift’s stage during the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, Kanye West sounded unapologetic in a new interview during which the hip hop hitmaker dubbed his actions that night “selfless,” claiming that he bore the brunt of criticism in standing up for a fellow artist.
West told Minnesota radio station KDWB: “It’s like, what’s so arrogant about that moment? If anything, it’s selfless.
“I’m walking around now with half an arm, trying to sell albums and having to walk in rooms and be afraid of my food getting spat in, like people going ‘I lost all total respect for you,’ and nobody wants to just sit and look at the reality,” West said.
Last year, West hijacked the stage during Swift’s VMA acceptance speech, protesting her win for the best video award for You Belong With Me, which he felt should have gone to Beyonce Knowles for Single Ladies. He said at the time: “Yo, Taylor, I’m really happy for you, I’ll let you finish, but Beyonce has one of the best videos of all time. One of the best videos of all time!”
West built upon those sentiments in his KDWB interview, again saying the Single Ladies video was slighted at the VMAs.
“The audacity of it losing anything … I guarantee if it was the other way around, and Taylor Swift was 15, 12, 15 years into the game, and on her 40th video or 50th video, and she made the video of her career, do you thing she would have lost to a brand new artist? Hell no!” West said.
“I’m not pandering to sell anymore records to get people to like me more — I would like people to like me because I’m likeable.”