Kanye West: Matt Lauer Used Me
Rapper rants on Twitter; feels 'alone,' 'used'
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Nov 10, 2010 10:59 AM CST
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(Newser) – First Kanye West called George Bush a racist. Then Bush called the moment “disgusting.” Then Kanye accepted the blame. The latest in the Bush/Kanye mess, brought to you by Matt Lauer and Twitter:

  • Kanye West told Lauer he understood Bush’s feelings.
  • Then the rapper went on a 20-plus-post Twitter rant about his interview with Lauer, which he called “brutal," the New York Times notes.

  • Lauer, Kanye said, “tried to force my answers” while playing distracting clips of embarrassing incidents. That left tweeting Kanye feeling “very alone very used very tortured," PopEater points out.
  • But hopefully “everyone will see and understand one day."
  • Bush told Lauer he “appreciated” Kanye’s mea culpa (though he flubbed the rapper’s name, calling him Conway before correcting himself). “I am not a hater. I don’t hate Kanye West,” the former president said. “Nobody wants to be called a racist, if in your heart you believe in equality of race.”

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Altered_States
Nov 11, 2010 8:04 PM CST
Trying to find a "winner" in an argument between Kanye and Bush is a non-sequitur. Neither one really impresses me. The Matt Lauer/George Bush interview was hard to watch, mainly because Matt threw softballs at Bush and Bush showed himself to be one of the most disingenuous persons in the public arena. That wasn't an interview. It was, for Lauer, a chance to get another Gold Star next to his name in the "Broadcasters Hall of Fame". Is there such a place? Lauer went into the interview backpedaling all the way - afraid of offending the ex-president. If anyone noticed, when Lauer asked a question that Bush didn't like, Bush became rude, arrogant, and snotty. Another demonstration of Bush just being himself - a feckless, spoiled, frat boy. And, Bush said he had a clear conscience. Well, before that can happen you have to have a conscience. Bush lost his conscience a long time ago somewhere during his drinking and coke days. Since then, he has been walking around with a seared conscience, brought on by years of self abuse, irresponsible behavior, and living a life full of lies and self deception - the latest of which is his political "career" where he thought he actually was President! The bottom line is Bush wanted to sell his book and the Lauer interview was the perfect platform to do so. But, the interview proved two things. Bush is unscrupulous and Lauer is not a journalist.
notorious5to3
Nov 11, 2010 5:30 PM CST
This guy is the king of the blame game. He takes no responsibility for his words or actions. He speaks his mind and then flip flops when people call him out! "George Bush made me do this, Taylor Swift made me do that, Matt Lauer made me say that!" ICK! Be a man, either shut up or take responsibility for what you say!
Tis_I
Nov 11, 2010 3:51 PM CST
OUCH!!! Hater Alert