Kanye West's top 6 most controversial clangers
Poor Kanye West. His life appears to be a constant struggle to be heard, to be understood, to wade through the world's collective ignorance and have us accept that he is an artistic genius whose opinion trounces all others, even a Grammy panel of 150 music experts.
It’s a wonder he’s able to perform at all given the crushing weight of what appears to be a giant chip on his shoulder. As he fumbles in the aftermath of yet another gaffe, here are his top six controversial moments so far...
The Beck Vs Beyonce Grammy rant
Having just kissed and made up with Taylor Swift six years after he ruined her MTV award moment (as outlined below), the rapper catapulted himself on stage at Sunday night’s Grammys to intercept Beck’s Album of the Year acceptance speech.
He hesitated to make his feelings known there and then, choosing to jump back down and follow-up with the following rant to E! News, “I just know that the Grammys, if they want real artists to keep coming back, they need to stop playing with us.
“We ain't gonna play with them no more. And Beck needs to respect artistry and he should've given his award to Beyoncé.
“Because when you keep on diminishing art and not respecting the craft and smacking people in their face after they deliver monumental feats of music, you're disrespectful to inspiration,” he continued.
The Taylor Swift MTV Video Music Awards controversy
When Taylor Swift won Best Female Video at the MTV Video Music Awards 2009 her acceptance speech was ruined by the bullish Kanye who took to the stage to protest.
Kanye was displeased that Beyonce had been trounced by the then 19-year-old star and shouted, "Yo, Taylor, I'm really happy for you and I'mma let you finish, but Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time. One of the best videos of all time!"
When Beyonce won Video of the Year she called Taylor to stage to give her full acceptance speech.
Kanye then apologized to Taylor on his blog, saying, "I'm in the wrong for going on stage and taking away from her moment,” but adding, “Beyonce's video was the best of this decade... I will apologize to Taylor."
They publicly kissed and made up at this weekend’s Grammy’s ceremony, but we know what happened next...
The awkward moment he demanded a fan in a wheelchair stand up
Kanye stopped a concert in Sydney in September and insisted every member of the audience got up and danced.
“I can't do this show until everybody stand up. Unless you got a handicap pass and you get special parking and s**t,” he said.
Two people failed to stand and Kanye told them to get to their feet. When one of them waved her prosthetic limb in the air he realised his mistake.
"Okay, you fine” he declared.
He then focused his attention on the second fan, who was in a wheelchair, to confirm he could not stand either before continuing with his song ‘Good Life’.
The “gold diggin’ bitches” abortion tweet
It’s a sensitive issue at the best of times, but not one Kanye approached in a particularly sensitive manner back in February 2011.
He weighed in on the abortion debate with the following tweet, “an abortion can cost a ballin' nigga up to 50gs maybe a 100. Gold diggin' bi**hes be getting pregnant on purpose. #STRAPUP my n**gas!"
He went on to clarify that this had not, in fact, ever happened to him.
He launched a tired against Jimmy Kimmel over a comedy sketch
In a move that portrayed him as a man utterly incapable of laughing at himself, Kanye lost the plot when Jimmy Kimmel re-enacted an interview Kanye had given to BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe with a child playing Kanye’s role.
During the interview, Kanye had talked about his frustrations with fashion and declared himself the "biggest" rock star in the world.
Kanye took to Twitter with a tirade of profanity-laced tweets.
“JIMMY KIMMEL, I DON'T TAKE IT AS A JOKE… YOU CAN'T PUT YOURSELF IN MY SHOES. YOUR FACE LOOKS CRAZY...IS THAT FUNNY?...OR IF I HAD A KID SAY IT WOULD BE FUNNY???” he wrote in part.
"SHOULD I DO A SPOOF ABOUT YOUR FACE OR YOU F**KING BEN AFFLECK… #NODISRESPECTTOBENAFFLECK #ALLDISRESPECTTOJIMMYKIMMEL!!!!"
Jimmy responded to the attacks with more jokes, tweeting: "Finally, I'm in a rap feud. I always wanted to be in a rap feud."
The rapper later appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live and the host apologized.
Kanye went on to say, “Everyone out there in TV world, real world... needs to know I've never done a publicity stunt in my life. I don't follow rules of, like, normal celebrity. I don't do publicity stunts period.”
He also said; “I'm not running for office, I'm just here to make good music. For me, I'm a creative genius and there's no other way to word it.
“I know you're not supposed to say that about yourself, but my intention's always positive. It's bigger than who I am in my presence, living.”
Possibly not the funniest episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live.
The Parkinson’s lyric controversy
The American Parkinson Disease Association last year took umbrage with a lyric in his song, ‘On Sight from his album Yeezus.
The lyric reads, “A monster about to come alive again/Soon as I pull up and park the Benz/ We get this b**** shaking like Parkinson’s”.
According to TMZ the association labelled it “distasteful and the product of obvious ignorance”. Parkinson’s UK called it an “inexcusable level of stupidity”.