Kanye West and George W Bush Make Up
Kanye West and George W. Bush can both be stubborn individuals, and both have been criticized plenty. But they’ve resolved their feud like mature adults.
In a taped interview on NBC’s Today show, the impulsive rapper told Matt Lauer that he now regrets saying Bush “doesn’t care about black people.”
“I would tell George Bush: In my moment of frustration, I didn’t have the grounds to call him a racist,” West said. “I believe that in a situation of high emotion like that, we as human beings don’t always choose the right words.”
In Bush’s memoir, Decision Points, he calls the moment “disgusting” and worst of his presidency. But, asked if he forgives West, Bush said “absolutely.”
Appearing separately on Today, the much-maligned 43rd POTUS, upon seeing a video of West’s humble retraction, replied “I appreciate that.”
He also added that he didn’t mean to single out West. “It wasn’t just Kanye West who talked like that during Katrina. I cited him as an example.”
“I’m not a hater. I don’t hate Kanye West,” he said. “But I was talking about an environment in which people were willing to say things that hurt. Nobody wants to be called a racist, if in your heart you believe in the equality of race.”
It’s a little unclear how sorry West really is. He has said repeatedly over the last week that he can relate to Bush, but the rapper took to Twitter on Tuesday to criticize NBC. He said (in all capital letters) that Lauer “tried to force my answers.”
“It was very brutal, and I came there with only positive intent,” he said.
Oh well, that’s Kanye for you, never shying away from controversy.
Hopefully with this Bush dispute behind them, West now he can return to doing what he does best … rapping and taking credit for Taylor Swift’s success.