Kanye West is not having the greatest week.
First, the 36-year-old rapper was accused of anti-Semitism for remarks he made during a radio interview with New York hip-hop station Power 105.1.
"Man, let me tell you something about George Bush and oil money and Obama and no money," West said on Nov. 26 during the interview. "People want to say Obama can't make these moves or he's not executing. That's because he ain't got those connections ... Black people don't have the same level of connections as Jewish people. Black people don't have the same connections as oil people."
West's comments sparked the attention of the Anti-Defamation League, which called his stance "anti-Semitic." On Monday, Abraham H. Foxman, the league's national director, spoke out against West via the organization's website.
"This is classic anti-Semitism. There it goes again, the age-old canard that Jews are all-powerful and control the levers of power in government. As a celebrity with a wide following, Kanye West should know better. We hope that he will take responsibility for his words, understand why they are so offensive, and apologize to those he has offended."
The Anti-Defamation League's response came just hours before West performed a gig on his "Yeezus" tour that saw only a quarter of the arena's capacity filled. A stop at Kansas City's Sprint Center found a paltry 4,500 of its 18,500 seats filled, even though the concert featured opener Kendrick Lamar and a return home from local rapper Tech N9ne.
The Kansas City Star reports that West remained undeterred by the disappointing turnout -- a contrasting response to last week's Tampa, Fla. show, during which the rapper stormed offstage due to frustrations with the venue's technical logistics. (He returned moments later, however, and delighted fans for the rest of the night.)
“I don’t always say the right things at the right time,” West admitted during an eight-minute monologue in Kansas City. “I’m better at saying the wrong things at the wrong time.”
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'People Look At Me ... Like I'm Hitler'
Kanye's latest gone-too-far remark? "I walk through the hotel and I walk down the street, and people look at me like I'm (expletive) insane, like I'm Hitler," he said while performing at The Big Chill concert in the UK on August 6. "One day the light will shine through and one day people will understand everything I ever did." We're not positive, but we're pretty sure referencing Adolf Hitler isn't the way to get <em>more</em> people to understand you.
'Yo Taylor, I'm Really Happy For You, And I'mma Let You Finish...''
It was the VMA acceptance speech heard 'round the world -- and it wasn't even by the intended recipient. When Taylor Swift won the 2009 VMA for Best Female Video, it was only a matter of seconds before Kanye West jumped up on stage to declare Beyonce the real winner in his eyes.
'But Beyonce Had One Of The Best Videos Of All Time!'
The defeated look on Swift's face and Beyonce's embarrassed/confused reaction was all caught on live TV during the MTV telecast.
When producers booked Kanye as a celebrity guest for a Hurricane Katrina Relief telethon, they had no idea he would use the opportunity to diss President Bush. But he did, going so far as to say, "George Bush hates black people." In November 2010, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/11/02/george-bush-kanye-racist_n_777967.html" target="_hplink">Bush revealed in an NBC interview</a> that West's remark was the worst moment of his presidency.
Dissing The President
It's a cringe-worthy moment, for sure, but Mike Myer's on-camera uncomfortableness during West's tirade tops it all.
Kanye vs. Matt Lauer
In November 2010, West sat down with Matt Lauer on "The Today Show" to discuss <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/11/02/george-bush-kanye-racist_n_777967.html" target="_hplink">Bush's reaction to his remarks during the Hurricane Katrina telethon</a>. While West carefully chose his words, he turned an ordinary interview into a quasi-feud with Lauer when he brought up his VMA outburst. "Yo I really wonder if Matt Lauer thought that s*** was cool to play the "MTV" clip when I was speaking about Bush?" <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/KanyeWest" target="_hplink">West tweeted</a>. West cancelled his "Today Show" performance after the fallout from the interview.
Kanye West was all smiles before the 2007 VMAs and appeared onstage with fellow rapper 50 Cent (above). But after being nominated for five Moon Men and walking away with empty-handed, West was quite vocal about his disappointment, reportedly yelling backstage that he would "<a href="http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1569313/kanye-west-hell-never-return-mtv-report.jhtml" target="_hplink">never return to MTV.</a>"
Caught On Tape
...And that backstage outburst was caught on tape. Yikes.
Not Helping The Cause
While performing at a 2005 Live 8 concert in Philadelphia, Kanye <a href="http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1922188_1922187_1923051,00.html" target="_hplink">reportedly referenced AIDS as a "man-made disease"</a> that was "placed in Africa just like crack was placed in the black community to break up the Black Panthers."
Blame It On The Alcohol
When Kanye lost the Best Video award to Justice at the 2006 MTV Europe Music Awards, he decided to voice his opinion on the matter. Instead of taking the news of his loss quietly, West jumped up on stage to spew a profanity-filled tirade about how his video for "Touch The Sky" should have won instead. West later blamed his outburst on booze. "I had a little sippy sippy," <a href="http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1544794/kanye-had-sippy-sippy-before-emas.jhtml" target="_hplink">he told MTV UK</a>, adding he planned to continue drinking after the show.