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Before Sunday's Video Music Awards, Kanye West publicly apologized to Taylor Swift for interrupting her acceptance speech last year. Now, after behaving like a gentlemen at this year's VMAs (except for his potty-mouthed new song!), West is telling his side of the story. In the October issue of XXL Magazine, Kanye West opens up about the incident -- in an article he wrote himself.
"I stress that the incident wasn't about Taylor personally," the rapper writes of the debacle. "And it definitely wasn't about race. Where I messed up is, at the end of the day, it's your show, Taylor. It's your show, MTV."
West writes that the VMA backlash took a serious emotional toll on him: "I felt very alone." But he also knows it was his own fault, and he bravely acknowledges the lessons that he learned from his self-sabotage.
"In a way, I had thrown a Molotov cocktail at my own career," West writes, "and it gave me an opportunity, for the first time, to go away and find out who I was."
Is it just us, or is it getting harder and harder to hate Kanye West for upstaging Ms. Swift? He's pretty much been a class act since then: he cried on The Jay Leno Show, spent a year working mostly out of the spotlight, then issued a sincere apology (and reportedly made up with Taylor backstage as well). Some thought his new song ("Let's have a toast for the d-----bags!") was inappropriate, but you have to admit, it was classy of him not to object to Swift's song (which was clearly about him). And now he comes forward with this new article that's more self-reflection than swagger.
No doubt, Kanye West did a pretty stupid thing in 2009 -- but unlike other certain pop stars we could name, he didn't break any laws and he didn't hurt anybody (except Swift's feelings). It was basically a gigantic breach of etiquette, for which he's spent a year atoning. Is it time to let Kanye out of the doghouse?
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