On Friday (Dec. 6), "The Daily Currant" ran a fake interview with Kanye West saying he thinks he is "the next Nelson Mandela." The fake and definitely not real interview (the Currant describes itself as "The Global Satirical Newspaper of Record") included such quotes as “Mandela was working in South Africa, which has, like what, six people? I started my magic here in the USA and then I took my business global" and “I liberate minds with my music. That’s more important than liberating a few people from apartheid or whatever.”
Yeah, it was pretty disrespectful. And a lot of people thought it was real. And those same people got really angry ... and wanted to put Kanye in prison "to make sure" he's the next Mandela. Most of them took to Twitter and even linked to the fake and definitely not real article.
Kanye West says he's the next Nelson Mandela... Maybe he is, let's stick him in jail for 27 years just to make sure.
— Broadcast Coffee (@BroadcastCoffee) December 7, 2013
Kanye West apparently said he's the new Mandela. I'm happy to give him the benefit of the doubt, so can we start with the 27 years inside?
— Maia Dunphy (@MaiaDunphy) December 7, 2013
WOW, let's put you in prison for 27 years and see if you come out the same.
— Ella Eyre (@ThisIsElla) December 7, 2013
Kanye West said he's gonna be the next Nelson Mandela. Let's start him off with 27 years in jail.
— Pete (@nel_pete) December 7, 2013
Kanye West thinks he is the next Nelson Mandela. We should lock him up in prison for 30 years just to test. http://t.co/sqvk2lbTCx
— Jerry Gamblin (@JGamblin) December 7, 2013
The outrage quickly began spreading as more and more people did not realize the story was fake, including a major South African newspaper.
By 95, I'll be a bigger hero than Nelson Mandela: Kanye West http://t.co/Elbb39jNmT
— Times LIVE (@TimesLIVE) December 7, 2013
To be fair, Kanye has definitely claimed that he is Steve Jobs reincarnated in at least one real interview.