Kanye West - Kanye West Refuses To Talk About Barack Obama Again
Rapper Kanye West has vowed never to mention President Barack Obama's name again after taking offence to comments the U.S. leader made about his and fiancee Kim Kardashian's lavish lifestyles.
The conflict between the two Chicago, Illinois natives began after the politician branded West a "jacka**" for notoriously interrupting Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at the 2009 MTv Video Music Awards.
The feud further escalated earlier this year (13) after President Obama urged young people in America not to use West and Kardashian's luxury lifestyles as an example of success, prompting the outspoken rapper to respond, "So Obama basically said we're the new American dream. I think he was posing it like I was supposed to take it in a negative way, but I'm just so happy that the president mentions me so often. Thank you very much, Obama!"
West later criticised the First Family again while expressing his hope that reality Tv star Kardashian would one day grace the cover of fashion bible Vogue, stating, "Collectively, we're the most influential (couple in America), especially with clothing. Nobody is looking at what (President) Obama is wearing..."
Now West has addressed the issue again during a radio interview with Philadelphia, Pennsylvania radio station 107.9 Fm, claiming he is over talking about the President.
He said, "I just think that we're pop icons, and the President likes to use that type of thing just to be down (popular with youths). People was (sic) fine with me being everyone's punching bag for about five years - 'This is the person we love to hate, so if you want to distract people from everything that's going on... just say you hate Kanye and there's going be 30 other people who say they hate Kanye.' That was kind of my position in culture and he kind of used that too - 'Oh, he's a jacka**' - because that's how the world felt.
"I don't care if someone's the president or not. I care about thoughts and how you helping people and what you bring to the world...
"I'm not going to mention him anymore, I'm past that, that's out my thoughts. That's lowering my priority of thinking at this point."