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Kanye West Hates Bush, But O.J. Is ‘Amazing’

Rapper Kanye West is most famous among politicos for his outburst that “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” during a Hurricane Katrina fundraising show on NBC in 2005. West may not like the president, but he’s willing to ask forgiveness for alleged girlfriend-beaters and wife-murderers:

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Kanye West has made his reputation as a controversial quote machine, and his new comments defending Chris Brown over his alleged assault on girlfriend Rihanna are sure to cause a stir.

During a taping of VH1’s ‘Storytellers,’ West asked the crowd, “Can’t we give Chris a break? … I know I make mistakes in life.” He was referring to R&B singer Chris Brown, who was arrested on the night of the Grammys on suspicion of beating his girlfriend Rihanna.

 

In the same context, West earned loud applause with his declaration: “Michael Jackson, amazing. Michael Phelps, amazing … He’s a real f—in’ person; he makes mistakes,” referring to the champion swimmer’s recent bong pipe brouhaha.

 

VH1 has cleaned up those comments a bit, and it also included West’s less-popular follow-up observation: “O.J. Simpson, amazing. Is he not? What he did, when he did, what he did. Was he not amazing though?”

Reuters reported VH1 was editing these comments out as it cut the three-hour taping into 90 minutes — but if VH1 really wanted to protect West from his own mouth, how did these comments leak?

Tim Graham — Tim Graham is Director of Media Analysis at the Media Research Center, where he began in 1989, and has served there with the exception of 2001 and 2002, when served ...

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