By JEREMY TANNER
3:17 PM EST, November 24, 2010
BOWERY, NY (WPIX)
Apparently Kanye still has some pent-up emotion from his awkward interview with Matt Lauer on the Today Show.
During a concert Tuesday night at the Bowery Ballroom, Kanye balanced promotion of his new album with defensive, critical remarks about Matt Lauer, George Bush and Taylor Swift.
"Taylor never came to my defense at any interview," West told the crowd, "And (she) rode the waves and rode it and rode it." West was referring to Swift's song "Innocent" which referenced Kanye's infamous interruption of the country pop singer's acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. In the song Swift sings, "Thirty-two and still growing up now; who you are is not what you did." Kanye is apparently unconvinced of her sincerity.
Then West, who Stephen Colbert has satirized as an "emotional egg shell," turned on Today show host Matt Lauer, with a strange analogy in which Kanye seemed to portray himself as a beaten child and Matt Lauer as an abuser. "Lauer's not a bad guy I'm sure, but if you are a child that's being abused by your parent or you are a girl being abused by your boyfriend -- the greatest win that you could ever have is for that person to hit you in public. You see?" West asked the crowd. Kanye became clearly annoyed with Lauer during the Today show interview when footage of his VMA ambush ran while he was talking.
Although admitting that he didn't choose his words as he wished he did when he said that "George Bush hates black people," he defended his remarks in front of the Bowery crowd. "Everyone needs a villain, don't we? We need to blame someone at all times," West said, "For me to be considered a racist for stating the blatant truth, an obvious truth ..."
Whether true or not, West seems to see himself heavily persecuted but stronger for it -- he spent several minutes addressing it before starting a song. "If you're a real artist, have no fear, say what the f--- you want, do what you want and make what you want," he said, "And if it's meant to be, then people will stand up like the people stood up with 600,000 coming off being the most hated person this time last year."