On one hand, it's kind of cool that Ol' Lumpy Jaw sidestepped the carefully scripted bullshit they're always required to read during these things. On the other, much more relevant hand, how about putting together a coherent thought, Kanye?
Myers: [The video clip I saw begins midsentence] ...scape of the city has changed dramatically, tragically, and perhaps irreversibly. There's now over 25 feet of water where there was once city streets and thriving neighborhoods.
West: [clears throat] I hate the way they portray us in the media. If you see a black family, it says they're looting. See a white family, it says they're looking for food. And you know that it's been five days because most of the people are black. And even for me to complain about, I would be a hypocrite because I've tried to turn away from the teacher... TV because it's too hard to watch. I've even been shopping before, even giving a donation, so now I'm calling my business manager right now to see what is the biggest amount I can give. And just to imagine if I was down there, and those are my people down there. So anybody out there that wants to do anything that we can help, with the setup, the way America is set up to help the poor, the black people, the less well-off as slow as possible. I mean, this is, Red Cross is doing everything they can, we already realize a lot of the people that could help are at war right now, fighting another way, and they've given them permission to go down and shoot us.
Myers: [pause] And subtle, but in even many ways more profoundly devastating, is the lasting damage to the survivors' will to rebuild and remain in the area. The destruction of the spirit of the people of southern Lousiana and Mississippi may end up being the most tragic loss of all.
Heartfelt to be sure, and it's cool that he reads Wonkette, but as a freestyle? I'd have to give it a C-/D+. Even if he was "krunked," that was subpar for Kanye. I'm not saying he didn't have his speech ready, but my boy had less flow than Estelle Getty. I mean, he's blasting George Bush, and yet it sounds more than a little bit like a George Bush speech. Whoops!
(Thanks to crooksandliars.com for the video)
P.S. Please tell me you didn't miss the "teacher/TV" Freudian slip. Do I have to explain everything to you people?
P.P.S. My my my, Wonkette sure does fill in the gaps, doesn't s/he?
P.P.P.S. From Kanye's interview in the latest Radar:
Do you think of yourself as a political person? More social. I hear about something that's going on with people and want to touch on it. But I can't give you a George Bush quote or a John Kerry quote. In fact, they may be the only two politicians I know.
Kerry isn't responsible for any of this, obviously, so it was just a process of elimination. That's why he's the smartest man in pop music!Posted by Jim Treacher at September 2, 2005 10:32 PM