Sept. 27, 2013
by Kari Tervo
So Kanye West is having a Twitter tantrum because Jimmy Kimmel ran a parody skit depicting him in his recent BBC interview as a child. And this guy, Forrest Wickman from Slate, is stepping up to defend him, calling Kimmel's sketch "ignorant and stupid."
CLIQUE AND RAWR TO KONTINUE WITH THE KANYE TAKEDOWN AFTER THE JUMP!
Here's the sketch:
Wickman defends Kanye (we're on a first name basis, me and Ye) on pretty much a literal interpretation of the interview, completely ignoring the context surrounding Kanye and his outsize ego.
Okay, yes: Kanye did mean he was "the biggest of all rock stars" in the sense that "rap is the new rock-n-roll." Yes, I got that. I totally respect Kanye as an artist. But as a person, I think he's pretty ridiculous: Who says that
Kimmel wasn't making fun of what Kanye said so much as he was making fun of his cocksure confidence. Maybe it's not braggin' if it's true, but who says that?
Who needs to say that? Nobody was bagging on his record sales in this interview, and if there are data to bag on his record sales, then it's even funnier to call Ye on his swoll (that's how we talk in rural Michigan).
No, Kimmel was not using one interview and the data contained therein to make fun of Kanye, he was referring to Kanye's entire empire of ego, his history of hubris.
I am of the belief that if you brag, "Everything I do need a news crew's presence," as Kanye did in "Clique," you give up your right to punch paparazzi.
And of course, this is pure speculation, but living as a person in this world, I see things. Pretty quick after Kim birthed that adorable baby, she got a new publicist and dyed her black hair blonde. Why? To separate from her family and the Kardashian empire, to be part of the Kimye empire (Kimye, by Kanye, with special guest star Kim Kardashian
). It's pretty clear how the Kanye West wheels turn, and he's asserting that he's the new sheriff in town. Through his wife's business decisions and hair color. That's so gross.
And we thought Kris Jenner went beyond the boundaries of good taste.
What's really funny about Wickman's piece is: He defends leather jogging pants
. Cuz, you know, all the big stars wear them! This is not only hilarious and sad, it's the lynchpin that Wickman missed Kimmel's point: Leather jogging pants
? Kimmel was addressing Kanye's celebrity and its absurd excesses.
So Wickman, sorry. Kimmel's sketch wasn't his prime work or whatever, but who cares. He was putting a petulant person in his place. One who punches paparazzi after telling them he's worth their attention.