Rapper and producer Kanye West, is known for being the subject of controversy, outrageous statements, and public rants. Many probably believe that West is arrogant, narcissist and self-centered. Some of his most public actions include the 2009 VMA’s where he invaded the stage after Taylor Swift won an award that he strongly felt belonged to Beyonce. Celebrities did not hesitate to air their thoughts about how they really felt about Kanye on social media. Throughout the years, West has publicly dissed his ex, Amber Rose, and even caught negative attention from the president.
Over time, there have been questions surrounding his marriage to Kim Kardashian and whether they are headed for divorce. While the couple is not destined for splitsville, Kardashian did confront him with the issue of his social media rants. She believes that his rants may cast the family in a negative light. “She feels that divorce would be a nightmare because how it would affect the kids.” Kim K is obviously sticking by his side, but there are celebrities in the music, reality, and political arena who just simply do not like him. Here are 12 celebrities who can’t stand Kanye West.
12. Amber Rose
Model, socialite and Kanye West’s ex, Amber Rose has made appearances on multiple music videos such as Wiz Khalifa’s “No Sleep” and “You Be Killin Em.” West and Rose had their share of feuds over the years and publicly dissed each other on social media, and in interviews. Earlier this year, a feud between West, Rose and Wiz Khalifa resurfaced after West changed the name of his album from SWISH to Waves. Khalifa was not too happy about it. Khalifa said “Max B is the wavy one. He created the wave. There is no wave without him.” There was soon a flurry of insults that were hurled on Twitter and eventually, Rose’s name was dragged into this. West said, “You let a stripper trap you. You wouldn’t have a child if it wasn’t for me, and you own waves? I own your child!” Rose responded with, “Awww @kanyewest are you mad I’m not around to play in ur a—hole anymore?” In a 2015 interview with Breakfast Club, West said that he had to take 30 showers after his break up with Amber Rose prior to entering a relationship with his wife Kim Kardashian.
Pop star Pink, known for her edgy image and hit singles such as “Lady Marmalade” featuring Christina Aguilera, Lil Kim and Mya, “Stupid Girls”, and “You Make Me Sick” had a bone to pick with Kanye after the 2009 VMA incident involving him grabbing the mic from Taylor Swift during her acceptance speech. Apparently, West was not pleased that Swift won an award and not his pal, Beyonce. Pink posted on Twitter: “Kanye West is the biggest piece of s— on earth. Quote me. Beyonce is a classy lady. I feel for her, too. It’s not her fault at all, and her and Taylor did their thing.”
10. Taylor Swift
Well, isn’t this obvious. Just when we thought that all of the beef between Swift and West was over, it resurfaced once again. The two were bitter with each other following the incident at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards in which West abruptly interrupted Swift’s acceptance speech.
Swift was thrilled that she won the award, but her happiness soon came to an end when West went on stage, grabbed her mic and said, “Yo Taylor, I’m really happy for you, I’ll let you finish, but Beyonce has one of the best videos of all time.” At some point, the two made up and at the 2015 VMAs, Swift was the one who presented West with the Video Vanguard Award. Earlier this year, things took a turn when West released the song “Famous” with lyrics that said, “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex/Why? I made that b—- famous.” While West says that he got approval from Swift prior to releasing the song, Swift’s rep says that “Taylor never knew the actual lyric on the song. She warned Kanye about releasing something with such a heavy misogynistic message.”
9. Barack Obama
Wow. Even the President of the United States has a problem with Kanye. In 2009, Barack Obama thought he was off the record when he called West a “jacka—” in reference to his invasion of the stage once Swift won at the VMAs. In 2015, West announced that he was running for president in 2020 so Obama had some tips for him. His first tip was “First of all, you’ve got to spend a lot of time dealing with some strange characters who behave like they’re on a reality TV show. So you’ve just got to be cool with that.” Tip number 2 “Saying that you have a “Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy”—that’s what’s known as ‘off-message’ in politics. You can’t say something like that.” Last, but not least is tip number 3 where Obama asked “Do you really think that this country is going to elect a black guy from the South Side of Chicago with a funny name to be president of the United States? That is crazy”.
8. Donald Trump
Speaking of Donald Trump, he took a jab at Kanye, too. He also put in his two cents when it came to the 2009 VMA incident. Trump doesn’t believe that West actually cared about Beyonce and that he really wanted to focus the attention on himself. He said: “It was grandstanding to get attention.” Trump is known for starring on the reality TV show The Apprentice and for saying the dreaded words: “You’re Fired.” He is in the running for president (currently seeking the Republican nomination) and he is no stranger to controversy. His presidential nominee rallies have allegedly turned into something out of a “bar fight” movie scene. At a rally in Tucson, Arizona, violence ensued once again. One of the attendees was arrested for assaulting a protester while being escorted out by security.
7. Corey Taylor
The multi-talented lead vocalist and lyricist of Slipknot and Stone Sour is not a fan of Kanye, either. As the founder of the band Stone Sour, he released five albums and landed on the number 86 spot in Hit Parader’s Top 100 Metal Vocalists of All Time. In regard to West, Corey Taylor said in a video, “You remind me of the guy bragging about p—-, who doesn’t get as much as they brag about.” When fans were reminded that West earned more Grammys than Slipknot had in albums, Taylor continued to say, “Yeah, you just made my point for me. Getting a Grammy is like getting a Teen Choice Award.”
6. David Crosby
Founder of the Grammy-winning rock group Crosby, Stills and Nash, David Crosby has no reservations about hurling insults at Kanye. Inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991, Crosby has many gold and platinum records under his belt. He made statements referring to Kanye as being completely untalented. He has called Kanye an “idiot”, “poser” “dumb as a post”, and said that West “can’t write, sing or play, creates nothing and helps no one”, in response to a fan question on Twitter. Crosby isn’t squeaky clean either and in 1985, he was arrested for being in possession of cocaine. He was sentenced to 11 months at a state penitentiary where he had to go through rehabilitation.
5. George W. Bush
Former United States president known for initiating the Iraq war in 2003 and other not-so-positive things. Controversy arose in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina when Kanye went off script during a TV program to help raise funds for the victims. He said “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.” Bush wasn’t too pleased about those comments and said, “He called me a racist. And I didn’t appreciate it then. I don’t appreciate it now. It’s one thing to say, ‘I don’t appreciate the way he’s handled his business.’ It’s another thing to say, ‘This man’s a racist.’ I resent it, it’s not true, and it was one of the most disgusting moments in my presidency.” In 2015, Bush was approached by TMZ to get his reaction about Kanye running for president in 2020. Bush found it to be comical and is not confident in Kanye’s ability to run the country.
4. Elly Jackson
Known for hit singles such as “Bulletproof” and “In for the Kill”, Elly Jackson and her producer Ben Langmaid formed the synthpop act called La Roux. The duo faced some conflict and the cancellation of two release dates, and ultimately the pair going their separate ways. In spite of the separation, Jackson went on to release her second album in 2014 titled, Trouble in Paradise. She had a few choice words to say about Kanye after working with him on a collaboration in 2011. She said, “F— him! Nobody likes him.” Things seemed to have cleared up since then and in 2014, Jackson said, “Whatever I said about him, I want to see Kanye West at Glastonbury.”
3. Kelly Clarkson
American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson, has many hits under her belt such as “Because of You”, “Walk Away”, and “Since You Been Gone.” She won American Idol back in 2002 which led her to a million-dollar contract with RCA Records. It wasn’t long before she released her first single “A Moment Like This” which rose from No. 52 to No. 1 on the Billboards. Clarkson was furious about West’s antics at the 2009 VMAs to the point that she blogged about it. She said, “What happened to you as a child? Did you not get hugged enough? I think we’re all just curious as to what would make a grown man go on national television and make a talented artist, let alone a teenager, feel like s—.”
While Beck has not done a lashing at West, it’s safe to assume that he’s not too pleased with Kanye after the 2015 Grammys. It was almost like Déjà vu when West nearly interrupted Beck’s album of the year acceptance speech. Once again, West felt that Beyonce should have won. West said, “I just know that the Grammy’s, if they want real artists to keep coming back, they need to stop playing with us. He continued on with “And Beck needs to respect artistry and he should’ve given his award to Beyonce.” Beck’s response was, “It’s just one of those things that plays out, like a top that spins. I really just try and not take it personally.” Kudos to him for keeping his cool.
1. Rosie Perez
Oscar nominated actress and choreographer, Rosie Perez has made guest appearances on White Men Can’t Jump, Untamed Heart and 21 Jump Street. As of 2014, she joined The View, alongside veterans Rosie O’ Donnell, Whoopi Goldberg and Nicolle Wallace. However, the following year, she made an announcement that she was leaving the show. She found one of Kanye’s songs, “Good Morning” to be disrespectful. In the song, West made reference to Perez’s breasts. She said, “I’m a woman of a certain age and if you’re gonna mention me in a song, have a little respect. He mentions my breasts. When you walk down the street and you have 15-year-old boys and they’re like, ‘Yo, Rosie, D’s’, it’s no good”.