Kanye West: Matt Lauer Used Me

Rapper rants on Twitter; feels 'alone,' 'used'

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 10, 2010 10:59 AM CST

(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.”

In this June 11, 2009 file photo, Kanye West performs for the Kanye West Foundation at the Chicago Theatre in Chicago.   (AP Photo/Paul Beaty, file)
Amber Rose and Kanye West arrive at the 9th Annual BET Awards on Sunday, June 28, 2009, in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)
Kanye West arrives at the 9th Annual BET Awards on Sunday, June 28, 2009, in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)
Kanye West performs for the Kayne West Foundation at the Chicago Theatre in Chicago, Thursday, June, 11, 2009.   (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
Kanye West performs for the Kanye West Foundation at the Chicago Theatre in Chicago, Thursday, June, 11, 2009.   (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
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