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'I should have put it on Facebook' - Kanye finally gets why Mark Zuckerberg didn't reply to Twitter begging newsdesk and agency

Published 19/05/2016 | 13:10

Kanye during a previous appearance on The Ellen show in 2013
Kanye during a previous appearance on The Ellen show in 2013

Rapper Kanye West has revealed he realises why Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg didn't respond to his Twitter pleas for cash.

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In an interview with Ellen DeGeneres on her show, which airs in the US today, Kanye addressed the issue as well as the #OscarsSoWhite controversy and bullying.

On Valentine's Day this year Kanye, who had revealed he was $53m in 'personal debt', took to Twitter again to ask Zuckerberg for $1bn to fund 'Kanye ideas'.

"You love hip hop, you love my art... I am your favourite artist but you watch me barely breathe and still play my album in your house..." he wrote, before describing himself as "this generation's Disney".

Addressing Mark he said he did not have "enough resources to create what I really can" and added, "Mark, I am publicly asking you for help... and I will always respect you for that and the world will love you..."

Speaking to Ellen about the Twitter pleas, he laughed, "Yes, I should have put it on Facebook.

"Now I understand why he didn’t hit me back. I understand that Zuckerberg doesn’t use Twitter and even though I have had dinner with him and his wife, and told him about how I wanted to help the world, and he said he’d help me and then blah blah blah.

"That’s how it feels though - it’s like The Pursuit of Happyness, like it’s you’re trying to sell this bone density machine or something, you know in that movie? I feel that if I had more resources I could help more people. I have ideas that can make the human race's existence within our 100 years better. Period. F**k the paparazzi, or whatever perception you have of me - starting with the truth, starting with what everyone’s thinking, start there, put some dope s**t with it."

Another topic in Kanye's lengthy rant was the diversity row surrounding the Academy Awards earlier this year. Will Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith boycotted the ceremony due to the lack of nominations for black actors, and Kanye insisted the debate about diversity in Hollywood should be taken seriously.

"I don’t take the Oscars as a joke, 'it was funny, you know what I'm saying'," Kanye continued. "It was like the moment, all black actors can talk about the glass ceilings we’ve dealt with in this town. You go ahead, Chris Rock’s going to do it - talk about how many times you’ve been blocked from being able to excel. I didn’t take it as a joke - it ain’t no joke."

Tackling other subjects such as how he is helping the world through his clothes and his condition Synesthesia, which enables him to see sound, Kanye concluded: "’m sorry daytime television, I’m sorry for the realness."

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