By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol
10:00 PM CDT, October 9, 2013
Kanye West faced Jimmy Kimmel on Wednesday and he was, um, genius?
The rapper appeared on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" to address the feud he and the late-night host have been embroiled in ever since West went on Twitter last month to criticize Kimmel after the latter spoofed a recent interview with BBC Radio 1 in which West called himself the biggest rock star in the world.
As you can see in the clip above, West still has a high opinion of himself. "I'm a creative genius," he told Kimmel, "and there's no other way to word it. I know you're not supposed to say that about yourself ... and I say things the wrong way a lot of times, but my intention is always positive."
He added that what he said in the BBC Radio 1 interview was "extremely fearless for a person in my position."
Kimmel, playing cheerleader, said it is "totally honest" of West to claim he's a genius and that the false humility of others should be criticized.
"I'm totally wierd and I'm totally honest and I'm totally inappropriate sometimes," West responded. "And the thing is, for me to say I wasn't a genius, I'd just be lying to you and myself."
West then took people to task people who say his "girl," Kim Kardashian, should not have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame because she's "just" a reality TV personality. "There's no way a Kim Kardashian shouldn't have a star on the Walk of Fame."
Because she, too, is a genius? Not buying it, Mr. West.
Later, he talked about bullying and how he used to stand up to drug dealers in Chicago, likening those situations to how the media targets creatives. "Creatives always have been bullied," he lamented.
West said he wants to apply what he's done in music to his other creative endeavors, including fashion, which he has been unable to break into because, he said, "classism" is keeping him down.
"I refuse to follow those rules that society has set up in the way that they can control people with low self-esteem, with improper information, with branding, with marketing," he said, adding, "It's about truth. It's about information, it's about awesomeness, and the only luxury is time, the time you spend with your family."
Kimmel just let him go off as he began shouting about how everyone direspects him and his family. "Don't try to antagonize me. Cuz you know what, it's not safe for you in this zoo. Never think that I'm not from Chicago for one second."
Nice Chicago shout-out, but enough with the ranting. It must be tough to be fabuously wealthy and to have the celebrity that gets you meetings and still not get everything you want.
West does has a point about being bothered by paparazzi. It isn't necessary. But Kimmel isn't a paparazzo, and West attacking Kimmel on Twitter because he takes himself waaay too seriously is also not necessary.
That is if this whole "feud" wasn't a publicity stunt in the first place, as both men claim. (A commercial for West's tour aired during the show.) Either way, now they are friends. So yay for that.
VIDEO UPDATE: The videos on this page, starting from the one above, present the entire interview.
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