Kanye West Blames Media for Britney Twitter Controversy
West raised eyebrows across the Internet on Friday when he sent a Twitter message to Spears that echoed his infamous interruption of Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. Offering a backhanded compliment to Spears on the success of her latest single “Hold It Against Me,” West wrote,
“Yo Britney, I’m really happy for you and I’mma let you be #1, but me and Jay-Z single is one of the best songs of all time! LOL”
The comment evoked a measured response from Spears’ management, and a tidal wave of outrage from celebrity Twitter followers everywhere. And this morning, the My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy rapper declared that he knows who’s really to blame for the controversy: The media.
Unleashing one of his trademark Twitter rants on Tuesday morning, West wrote,
“Just saw that MSNBC said I tried to start a twitter war with Brittany [sic]. This sh*t takes the air out my lungs sometimes from blogs to news reports… enough already!!! All I do is focus on my work. There’s a new lie everyday… a new media spin…
“How can u ‘let’ someone be number one??!! That was the whole joke!!! I know intelligent people know this so bear with me. When I said the comment about Brittney I was giving her props for being #1 not dissing her at all! But stop making it seem that my aim is to hurt or down people! That’s just not my style! “
West then made a plea for solidarity to Spears, noting,
“As pop stars we’re all in this sh*t together! We on the inside of the TV!”
After that, West retrained his focus on news outlets, offering,
“If the media wants to make a story … just say I have atrocious spelling and terrible grammar… If you don’t give em a story they just make one up. I’m just trying to focus & stay creative! Keep bringing dope sh*t to the world!”
West wrapped up his online jeremiad with the following sentiment,
“I won’t always say the right thing but my heart is always in the right place.”
Maybe his fingers should consult his heart first the next time he decided to fire off a tweet?
Do you agree with West? Did the media make a mountain out of a molehill in this case, or did he display a lack of discretion in his tweet to Britney? Share your thoughts in the comments section.