Say what you want about Kanye West’s appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! this week, but I’m really having trouble figuring out the media’s slant on Kanye’s “rants.” He seems pretty normal and correct here.
The way paparazzi talk to me and my family is disrespectful. We bring something of joy to the world. When people hear my music, they have a good time, and I should be respected as I walk down the street. Don’t ask me a question about something you saw in the tabloids. Don’t try to antagonize me. You know what? It’s not safe for you in this zoo. Never think I’m not from Chicago, for one second. Don’t think you can walk up to me and disrespect me and my family, constantly. People say, ‘Well, you signed up to be a celebrity, blah blah blah… I understand paparazzi. You have to get money. It’s hard out there. But let’s have respect for each other. You do help me get money, paparazzi — you show people how fresh my outfit is. But it’s a lack of decency.
My mother made me believe in myself. No matter how many people tell me, “Stop believing in yourself. Stop saying what you can do. Stop affirming what you’re gonna do and then completing that in real life. That’s the improper way to do it.” I refuse to follow those rules that society has set up and the way that they control people with low self-esteem, with improper information, with branding, with marketing. I refuse to follow those rules. It’s about truth, it’s about information, it’s about awesomeness.
Taste, culture, art, quality of life: this is what I’m here to do. When I compare myself to Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, Howard Hughes, David Stern, Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Jesus, these are my heroes. These are the people I look up to. This is the type of impact I want to make on the earth.