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November 11, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Rap singer Kanye West took to his Twitter account Wednesday to complain about his treatment by Matt Lauer during an interview taped for today’s (Thursday) edition of NBC’s Today show. West was asked about former President George W. Bush’s comment that the singer’s criticism that he did not care about black people during the Hurricane Katrina crisis was “one of the most disgusting moments” of his presidency. West said that he wanted to say that he was “empathetic to Bush” because of the criticism he himself had been subjected to after the Taylor Swift episode at the 2009 MTV Video Music awards. “While I was trying to give the interview they started playing the ‘MTV’ under me with audio,” he Tweeted. According to the New York Times, the Today video shows West saying, “Yo, how am I supposed to talk? I’m hearing it while I’m trying to talk.” Said West in another Tweet: “It was very brutal and I came there only with positive intent.” West’s remarks received a sympathetic reaction from his fans, who urged him to avoid such interviews in the future. But Richard Roeper, the TV columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times, noted today (Thursday) that West sent his Tweet on his way to Ferrari Land in Abu Dhabi, “yet another exotic adventure in a life that includes international fame, millions of fans, a sick income and opportunities 99.9 percent of the population can only dream about. Most people would endure actual waterboarding from Matt Lauer in exchange for the blessed life West leads.”