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Does Kanye West even realize who he's dating? During a Wednesday night performance, the rapper went on a tirade about how he hates being a celebrity. He went on to criticize the paparazzi, PR stunts, SNL jokes -- you know, all the things that made his pregnant girlfriend Kim Kardashian a star.
"I don't know if you know there's one thing about me, but I'm not a celebrity. ... I'm a terrible, terrible celebrity," Kanye told the crowd at a secret show for Adult Swim at New York City's Roseland Ballroom. (Watch the video below. Strong language warning.)
"I'm the worst kind of celebrity ... because I only make real music," the rapper continued. "I don't want nobody coming up to me with cameras ... selling pictures to a f**king magazine ... asking me dumb f**king questions. ... I only make music that inspires you to be the best you can be, and I don't want anyone to ask anything else of me."
West may think he's "not a motherf**king celebrity," but we're guessing that Kim would beg to differ. Since dating the hip-hop star, she's been in the spotlight even more than she was before -- and that's saying something. Though Kim claims that her boyfriend has taught her the value of privacy, neither of them has exactly gone into hiding.
Maybe Kanye is just feeling embarrassed about his paparazzi run-in last week. While he and Kim were dodging aggressive photographers, he walked head-first into a street sign. (Honestly, we're surprised this doesn't happen more often.)
Rather than laughing off the incident, Kanye took it as a personal affront. He may be playing Saturday Night Live this weekend, but he assured his NYC audience that he will not be doing a sketch about running into things.
"Someone asked me, 'When you do 'SNL,' are you going to do a skit about the paparazzi and humanize yourself? What the f**k do I have to apologize for? When did I become inhuman?" he asked. "Or was it them demonizing me and harassing me that made me less than human? ... Hell no, I ain't doing no SNL skits, this is my g**damn life, and it's not a f**king joke."
To recap: Kanye does not want you to laugh at him. He does not want you to take his picture. He does not want to be a well-liked media figure. ("I ain't kissing nobody's motherf**king babies," he said later. "I drop your baby and you sue me and s**t.") Basically, he does not want to be a Kardashian.
Isn't this going to create some problems? The Kimye baby is going to be stalked by photographers from birth, and will be the subject of countless interviews. Even if Kim suddenly develops a private life, we suspect that her family will provide regular tabloid updates on their little grandchild/niece or nephew/cash cow. If Kanye is really, genuinely opposed to this, then the custody battle could be brutal.
On the other hand, maybe Kanye isn't quite as anti-celebrity as he claims. He is, after all, the one who decided to date Kim in the first place, to announce their pregnancy from onstage, and to serenade her with the song "Awesome" (which he reprised on Wednesday).
Besides, if Kanye really didn't want to be a celebrity, he'd just shut up. At this point, he must know that these trademark rants get far more attention than a straight-up concert, right?
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