Yesterday, Kanye West was extra emotional on his Twitter, saying that his “The Today” interview was “VERY BRUTAL.” He even expressed how he felt saying, “I feel very alone very used very tortured very forced very misunderstood very hollow very very misused.” So what really happened on the show that made West feel so misunderstood?
Parts of the interview was aired earlier today, starting with Matt Lauer’s question about his “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” comment in 2005 and the VMA-Taylor Swift incident. Lauer asked Kanye to look at George Bush’s face in a clip before responding. “I didn’t need you guys to show me the tape in order to like prompt my emotion to what I’m going to say,” while asking some people off camera to “be quiet for a second.”
West continued, “I came here to say that I made mistakes, that I’ve grown as a person. It’s not as easy as boxing someone into a villain role or a race role. I did not have enough information in that situation to call [Bush] a racist.” Lauer says, “It sounds to me, not to oversimplify, what you’re saying is, ‘We’re human, we make mistakes, but we have to learn from our mistakes.'” Kanye agreed.
As the “Today” producers ran a clip of Kanye’s microphone-grabbing stunt at the 2009 VMAs, West stopped talking mid-sentence, telling Lauer “Yo, how am I supposed to talk if you gonna run this thing in the middle, while I’m talking? Please don’t let that happen again, it’s like ridiculous.”
Lauer closed the interview saying, “We look forward to Kanye’s return for a special live concert on the plaza on Friday, Nov. 26.” But it looks like West is disappointed about how the interview went.
After the recorded interview, West went to his Twitter account with a serious of posts that read:
“Let me tell you how they did me at the Today show… While I was trying to give the interview they started playing the MTV (clip) under me with audio!… I don’t mess with Matt Lauer or the Today Show… and that’s a very nice way for me to put it! He tried to force my answers. It was very brutal and I came there with only positive intent. I feel very alone, very used, very tortured, very forced, very misunderstood, very hollow, very very misused. I don’t trust anyone but myself! Everyone has an agenda. I don’t do press anymore. I can’t be everything to everybody anymore.”
However, Lauer explained that West’s interview didn’t involve special interview tactics. He said, “It’s something we do every day — when a guest is talking about an incident or a location, we run video of that. There was nothing improper about it, nothing unusual about it whatsoever.”
Check out the interview here: