The Kanye/Kimmel feud decoded

Dec 19 2017, 4:33 pm

From animals, to adults. The Kanye West and Jimmy Kimmel “rap” feud played out its last beat during an episode of ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live. For anyone who is unfamiliar with the battle, it began when Kimmel spoofed an interview West did with BBC Radio 1’s Zane Love, using kids to act it out. It was meant to be funny, but West didn’t think so, and engaged in an epic Twitter tantrum, even going as far to compare Kimmel to Spongebob. It’s riveting stuff.

Kimmel invited Kanye on his show in order to sort out the whole ordeal. Some tag it as a publicity ploy, eagerly crafted by the Kimmel crew. Kanye, well he isn’t one to turn down a moment in the spotlight. Finally, the self-proclaimed mega-star and Squarepants came face to face.

Come one, come all to the circus of celebrity, now entertain us! Words were expected to fly like daggers; perhaps a meltdown was in order, off-hand jokes by Kimmel and back hands by Kanye! The second coming of Yeezus with all eyes watching and, surprisingly, the pair engaged in an honest, level-headed discussion.


Were we eavesdropping on an awkward dinner party? I couldn’t tell. Or perhaps, witnessing a pact between two unlike animals, trapped in this cage called fame. A cage of money, parties and women (boo hoo Kanye). Regardless, below are some of my favorite lines from the interview:

Kimmel: I think that somewhere in you, you want people to understand where you are coming from. Is that true?

Kanye: Ya, correct.

Kimmel: I think that some people read into it differently, like that we were positioning you as a child. Which was not the case, and in fact we have done that with a number of people…most people even may think this is publicity stunt that you and I cooked up.

Kanye: I have never done a publicity stunt in my life.

Kimmel: A lot of people think you are a jerk. I often in my own personal conversations say, ‘No. I know this guy. He is not a jerk.’

Kanye: I’m totally weird. I’m totally honest and I’m totally inappropriate sometimes. For me to say I wasn’t a genius — I would just be lying to you and to myself.

Kanye eventually opened the flood gates with a rambling monologue about, well, everything. From race issues, his love of fashion and his girlfriend Kim Kardashian not being eligible for the Hollywood Walk of Fame because she’s “just a reality star,” it is the one moment that might stick.

Some (most) don’t like Kanye’s big-headed astronaut honesty. While others (few) think he is just speaking candidly at a time when most celebrities are publicity puppets. What do you think?

Either way, I’m sure we can all agree that leather jogging pants are a bad idea.


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