“Imma let you finish.” “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.” “I’m a god.” These are just some of the very absurd and very egocentric things that have come out of Kanye West’s mouth. We already know that Kanye thinks he is the very best thing since sliced bread (actually he thinks he’s far better than sliced bread) and he is not afraid to proclaim just how wonderful he is. So why do so many people hate this guy’s guts?
Well, it is probably because of the things he has done, some of which are on this list. Here we have 20 Embarrassing Things That Kanye West Wants His Fans to Forget. But they won’t. We have some things here that are just very embarrassing, and then we have things that are highly offensive. If there is one thing that we think of when we hear the name ‘Kanye West’ it is EGO. Kanye has the biggest ego in the whole entire world, and he seems to have zero humility. Somehow, he still has loads of adoring fans, but once they read this list, they will probably be reminded of just how self-centered Kanye is.
So we hope that you enjoy this list of twenty super-embarrassing and absurd Kanye West moments. From his temper tantrums to his self-righteousness and his affirmation that he is above books and fine art, Kanye never ceases to amaze us. So as long as he continues his shenanigans and charade as the world’s biggest douche, we will have plenty to say and write about him.
20. When He was Snubbed at the 2007 VMAs
At the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards, Kanye West was nominated for 5 awards, yet he walked away with absolutely zero. After the show, everyone could see that he was steaming, and he even went so far as to say that he would never work with MTV again. Well, sorry Kanye, but you need to realize that you are not the only artist in the entire world. There are other talented people out there, and if they win an award, it is because they earned it. Seriously though, not winning any of his 5 nominations is like a slap in the face. But you gotta deal!
19. When He Flipped Out on the Paparazzi
Really though, if there is a celebrity that is more hostile to the paparazzi than Kanye West, you need to let us know. Because Kanye is super mean and ticked off at them. All the time. Whether it is broad day like or the middle of the night, Kanye is constantly being spotted out and about. Sometimes he is with Kim and other times he is with others, but he is always shoving the camera out of his face, calling the paparazzi “mosquitoes” and “bullies,” or telling them to “shut the f*** up.” Sometimes he does all of the above at once.
18. When He Blamed Bonaroo
When he was set to perform at the Bonaroo festival, all of Kanye West’s fans were pumped up and ready to see him. The performance was set in a late-night time slot, which was not a huge deal, but the show started 2 hours late and Kanye only performed for half the time he was supposed to! After that, music festival goers were outraged and Kanye did not apologize; instead he just blamed the Bonaroo authorities and organizers. Oh, and Pearl Jam, who performed before him. How classy, Kanye, really. If you are the greatest musician in the 21st century, then you probably should’ve dealt with that better.
17. When He Likened Himself to Shakespeare
And to Warhol and Disney and just basically every legend that ever graced the earth. Plus, Kanye thinks that he is God’s gift to every single human being ever, so of course he is on the same level as Shakespeare. Right? Uh…we do know that there have been several instances when Kanye shouted and proclaimed that he was a creative genius. He made those unlikely comparisons during the Bonaroo Music Festival in 2014, as well as on numerous radio and television interviews. This guy’s ego is way too big for his own good. How is he even married?
16. When He Posed as Jesus
Back in 2006, Kanye West appeared on the FRONT COVER of Rolling Stone magazine while decked out to resemble Jesus. He even wore a crown made of thorns. When he was prompted about his choice of clothing for the magazine cover, Kanye said that by dressing up as a historical figure like Jesus, he gets young people excited to learn about these figures. He also said that he is a historical figure himself and is already recorded down in the history books. Easy there, Kanye. And besides, even if that is true, it is probably for all the wrong reasons.
15. When He Interrupted Taylor Swift
This is perhaps one of the most notorious instances of Kanye West’s infamy. It was during the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, and Taylor Swift was the winner for Best Female Video. As she was approaching the mic onstage to accept her award, Kanye jumped up and stole her spotlight. The words have been quoted time and time again: “Imma let you finish, but ‘Single Ladies’ was one of the best videos of all time.” Wow. Taylor just looked dazed and confused and she didn’t even get to give her acceptance speech! Fortunately, when Beyonce herself took the stage she let Taylor come up.
14. When Obama Called Him a “Jackass”
Yeah, that actually happened. During an interview, Obama was first presented with a question about Kanye West’s performance at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. You know, the one where he interrupted T-Swift? Well, Obama had some things to say about that. For instance, Obama said that Taylor seemed like a perfectly nice person and Kanye had no business being up there. Taylor was the one who won the award. Then Obama just seems to resign and say “He’s a jackass.” Wow, if your own President dislikes you, then you know it is pretty bad! We side with Obama on this one though.
13. When He Reportedly Had Loads of Debt
About $53 million worth. Okay, so we actually found out that all of that money was not debt, but it was connected to Kanye in some way. It was apparently the amount of money that he has invested in his clothing line. Yes, that is another thing that Kanye can be embarrassed about: his clothing line. He isn’t wildly successful off of that. And with $53 million invested into that business venture, maybe he will be in massive debt pretty soon! Who knows? We will just have to wait and see how well the “master” and “creative genius” does with that project.
12. When He Dissed Books
You know how “sometimes people write novels and they just be so wordy and self-absorbed?” Yeah, we don’t know either. But that is what Kanye West said and he is quoted as following it up with: “I’m not a fan of books. I would never want a book’s autograph.” He is a proud non-reader of books. Well, we never would have guessed that Kanye hates to read books. Novels are just so blasé, wouldn’t you agree? There is just so much garbage in Shakespeare. Wait, I thought Kanye was the next Shakespeare? Oh, now we’re just confused! Let’s just move on.
11. When He Walked into a Street Sign
This one is actually really funny, and once we saw the video of it, there was no way that we were going to forget about it. Even so, Kanye probably wants you to forget about this embarrassing situation. He was just walking along, hand-in-hand with a pregnant Kim Kardashian. They were both looking so cool and put-together, all dressed in black. And then Kanye hit his face on a street sign. The next thing we see is the rapper hunched over, clutching his face and in painful agony. Oh man, it is so great. Of course he yelled at the paparazzo afterwards.
10. When He Had a Temper Tantrum on the Radio
Kanye got seriously ticked off when radio host DJ Sway was chatting it up with him in the studio. Just maybe the radio host was giving Kanye some words of wisdom, and then all of a sudden Kanye blew up. There was no way that he wanted advice! Kanye West doesn’t need advice! He started yelling right there into the mic: “You ain’t got the answers…You ain’t been doing the education.” The lashing out was a huge thing, and Kanye eventually apologized to DJ Sway for the whole fiasco. He still really wants everyone to forget about that though.
9. When He Twitter Bullied Jimmy Kimmel
After comedian and late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel spoofed a Kanye West interview, the real Kanye had something to say – er, tweet – about it. You see, Kanye had given a BBC radio interview in which he ranted about how he was going to run a trillion-dollar company. All Jimmy did was recreate that interview but have the people be kids. Kanye took to the Twitter-sphere and ranted in all CAPS LOCK to tell Jimmy what an awful person he was. Wow, that’s mature. Everyone can see that, you know? Jimmy should have known though, because if there is anyone who can’t take a joke, it’s Kanye.
8. When He Demeaned a Fan in a Wheelchair
At a concert in Australia, Kanye demanded that everyone in the crowd stand up, or else he was not going to perform his next song. He was not joking (because Kanye West does not joke around, remember?) So when just a handful of people were not standing up, Kanye refused to sing his song. He told everyone that they had to get up. Then there was a guy in a wheelchair who literally couldn’t stand up. Fortunately, Kanye realized this and let that fan off the hook. But still, you can’t just demand that every single person in the audience rise to their feet.
7. When He Almost Pulled a Taylor Swift on Beck
Disputed the award that Beck won for Album of the Year at the 2015 Grammy Awards show. As Beck got to the stage, he accepted his award and then Kanye started to come on stage, but then turned back to go to his seat. Was it a joke? No way! Kanye was actually ticked off at Beck for winning and said afterwards that “Beck needs to respect artistry and he should have given his award to Beyonce.” What is up with Kanye’s obsession with Beyonce? Seriously? Are those two in cahoots with each other or something? Are you tired of Kanye yet?
6. When He Said AIDS is Against Black People
You read that right, folks. Kanye West does not recognize AIDS as an actual, natural epidemic. He is even on the record as yelling it to the crowds. It was the 2005 Live Aid benefit concert, and Kanye was rocking it in Philadelphia. He then said that “AIDS is a man-made disease that was purposely placed in Africa to break up black communities. The way crack was placed to break up the Black Panthers.” Um. Can someone please give Kanye a science textbook? Oh wait, he doesn’t read. Aw man! So what was Kanye hoping to raise funds for at Live Aid?
5. When He Acted Like a Baby at the Billboard Music Awards
This was over a decade ago, but we still remember it. And cringe when we do. It was Gretchen Wilson who was named the Best New Artist at the 2004 Billboard Music Awards. That was so not happening for Kanye West. Yep, he was super ego-centric and self-centered back in 2004 as well. He ranted about how he was the best new artist and that he was totally deserving of the award; not some dinky little country music artist. He did apologize, but the deed was done. It is going to be hard for people to forget about it, especially since it’s normal Kanye now.
4. When He Wore a Yeti Mask
We don’t even know what was happening in this scenario, but it was when Kanye West was performing at a show in Atlantic City. To be honest, Atlantic City is a weird place, but this was even more bizarre than the New Jersey beach town. Kanye got up on stage and started performing all while wearing a big white yeti mask on his face. He also wore a leather kilt and a Rihanna-inspired diamond crown mask while performing. Again, we aren’t even sure what was going on here. Probably just a publicity stunt, but it sure got people talking (and scratching their heads).
3. When He Told Us His Greatest Regret
We all know that Kanye West has the biggest ego ever. And we mean ever. He thinks he has become the greatest parts of Michael Jackson, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Walt Disney, William Shakespeare, and of course, Jesus. He has marveled at why someone would ask him if he would ever admire to be anyone else in the world. He responded by saying would he seriously want to be someone else when he is himself? Come on now! Yet there is one regret that Kanye has. It is that he will never be able to watch himself perform live. If only…
2. When He Said He Was a God
Oh wait, he does that all the time. But really though, he has portrayed himself as Jesus in a music video, he has worn a crown of thorns on the cover of a highly-read and publicized magazine, and he has rapped about how he is a god. So what is next? We are actually really nervous to find out, because now that Kanye has offspring, is he going to assume that they are little Jesuses in the making? He did name one of his children Saint. Uh oh, it looks like he all need to watch out for the creative genius.
1. When He Said That George Bush Doesn’t Care About Black People
Do you remember when that happened? Because we do! Kanye West was standing next to Mike Myers and they were hosting “A Concert for Hurricane Relief” in 2005. Kanye was riding high because he was not affected by the hurricanes, TIME magazine had named him the smartest person in pop music, and he had been asked to host this benefit concert. So seconds before going live, Kanye decided he was going to “ad-lib a little bit” and he dropped that bomb on us. Ouch. He kept going on his rant after that, and poor Mike Myers looked so uncomfortable. We all were.