Kanye West Apologizes to Taylor Swift in Marathon Twitter Rant

Kanye West Apologizes to Taylor Swift in Marathon Twitter Rant-photo

Nearly a year after barging in on Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, Kanye West took to his Twitter account this weekend to apologize to the Fearless songbird. But, as might be expected from the famously verbose 808s & Heartbreak rapper, he had plenty more to say about the incident and its aftermath, going on a tweeting spree to pontificate about the media's role in playing up the controversy and race relations in America, among many other things.

Oh, and he also wants the world to know that he's written a song for Swift!

West's online jeremiad is presented verbatim below, with typos and grammatical errors preserved for flavor:

"I accept the idea (ideal) that perception is reality. When I say perception is reality I mean whatever you think is the truth... is your truth. Some people's truth is Kanye is racist... It's not my truth but I do believe it's my Karma.... walk with me... Even though the NBC telethon was widely praised yall didn't think they was just gone let me get away with that did yall???!!! With the help of strong will, a lack of impathy, a lil alcohol and extremely distasteful & bad timing ... I became George Bush over night. How deep is the scar... I bled hard.. cancelled tour with the number one pop star in the world ... closed the doors of my clothing office. Had to let employees go... for the first time I felt the impact of my brash actions ... I felt the recession from an ownership side. People booed when I would go to concerts and the performer mentioned my name. Remember in Anchor Man when Ron Burgandy cursed on air and the entire city turned on him? But this wasn't a joke. This was & is my real life. There are people who don't dislike me... they absolutely hate me!

"I was chilling with this white girl having a conversation and she cut me off and said... Hold up... I thought you didn't like us?! That's when you realize perception is reality. I've been straying from this subject on twitter but I have to give it to you guys raw now. If you google "*sshole" my face may very well pop up 2 pages into the search. Some people say... 'Why worry about "the haters?' This is bigger that just the concept of haters. I have a mission in life to bring truth and beauty through my music and the visuals that anchor around it. The media has successfully diminished the "receptive" audience of (3rd person)... KANYE WEST...taking a 15 second blip the mdeia have successfully painted the image of the 'ANGRY BLACK MAN. The King Kong theory.

"I'm the guy who at one point could perform the Justin Timberlake on stage and everyone would be sooo happy that I was there. People tweeted that they wish I was dead... No listen. They wanted me to die people. I carry that. I smile and take pictures through that.     •   
I wear my scars... It's almost like I have to where a suit to juxtapose my image and I won't lie... IT WORKS!

"I wrote a song for Taylor Swift that's so beautiful and I want her to have it. If she won't take it then I'll perform it for her. She had nothing to do with my issues with award shows. She had no idea what hit her. She's justa lil girl with dreams like the rest of us. She deserves the apology more than anyone. Thank you Biz Stone and Evan Williams for creating a platform where we can communicate directly. We're both artist and the media and managers are trying to get between us. Everyone wants to capitalize off this is some way.

"I'm ready to get out of my own way. The ego is overdone... it's like hoodies. I know there are family members friends and fans that have literally fought for me. There are people who have named there kids after me... can you imagine that next day in school. Even though I don't have kids... I am responsible for those who love and represent me and what they have to deal with on a day to day defending 'The American Psycho.'

"I watched Justin Timberlake at the Grammies loose every televised award including album of the year which the Dixie Chicks won. I would have ran on stage for Justin that night because Sexy Back (in my mind) was that important... that impactful to our culture. It's not about race America. No one in our position ever stands up and says anything anymore. I have given my awards to other groups multiple times on national TV... They never showed that this past year during the massacre of Kanye.

"Who's seen the play Wicked? I've seen it 4 times! Other than loving the music acting and costumes... it's my story!!! The Wicked witch of the west basically is so convicted to tell her' truth when she does it she is outcasted by society and turned WICKED.

"With new found humility ... who am I to run on stage? I would never ever again in a million years do that. Sorry to let you down. It is distasteful to cut people off as a general rule. What's the point of dressing tastefully if I'm going to act the complete opposite? Yes I was that guy. A 32 year old child. When I woke up from the crazy nightmare I looked in the mirror and said GROW UP KANYE ... I take the responsibility for my actions. I am not a bad person. Even in that moment I was only trying to do good but people don't always need my help. Beyonce didn't need that. MTV didn't need that and Taylor and her family friends and fans definitely didn't want or need that.

"These aren't regular tweets... this is stream of consciousness ... I want you guys to know and feel where my head is at... It feels like the movie Heat when you wanted Deniro to make it... You want the bad guy to make it. These tweets have no manager, no publicist , no grammar checking... this is raw. Humanity and Empathy are 2 of the 4 principles at facebook. Those were the 2 principles I was missing on that evening.

"Why are there so many tweets? Well this isn't a simple subject. There are layers to this beyond me running on stage. You've got the top layer... Kanye's rude!

"If I speak in 3rd person it's because I'm quoting people sometimes I forget to put the quotations you know my grammar.. #ITSAPROCESS

"You've got a layer of order... this is how things are spose to go this is how it's always been etc. You've got a layer of... What is reality? You really want this guy to die over an award show???!! wooooooow ..... You've got the Media play... Who benefitted off of the moment? MTV? JAY LENO? BEYONCE? ALL FORMS OF MEDIA? TAYLOR? KANYE WEST? Who gained? Who lost? Walk with me people... let's break this down for real now. I might get in trouble again lol? WHO BENEFITED FOR REAL PEOPLE???!!!!!!!! A year later where do we stand? There's a layer of... hey Kanye said what I was thinking/ There's a layer of... Entertainment... we are entertainers and this is only TV... not the War.

"Why was it made into such a race issue. Taylor loves rap music... I love country music.
TAYLOR LOVES RAP MUSIC... I LOVE COUNTRY MUSIC. When I right songs like Heartless I always say 'is this melody good enough to be a country song or a broadway song?'

"I've hurt, I've bled, I've learned. I only want to do good. I am passionate I am human I am real. I wish I could meet every hater. I wish I could talk to every hater face to face and change there a opinion of me one conversation at a time. I wish they all knew how much I really cared about music and pop culture and art and peoples feelings. I wish they could accept that I've grown and only want to do good for the world. I want to help as many people as I can. I want to help starting with the music and ending with the smile. I want to win there hearts back so I can continue to bring my take on culture to the masses with a clean opinion.

"It starts with this...I'm sorry Taylor."

Whoa; go easy, Kanye; it is a holiday weekend, after all. What do you think of Kanye's tweet-rant? Share your thoughts in the comments section.



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  • Jessica

    goddamn. he totally tried to make it all about him and how much it hurt him. i get that he apologized to her at the end (as he should have) but almost the entire article was about how he hurt. get over yourself, kanye. you did it to yourself. and how it was a race issue? newsflash: we would've have been just as pissed if it turned out brad pitt did it to beyonce. and kanye, ps. it's spelled empathy, not impathy. also, it's second person. not third.

  • ..::R_e_n_a_e::..

    I believe he is sorry and anyone who has anything bad to say shouldnt even bother posting it. i think he has learned that it was a stupid thing to do.

  • YeahRight!

    You call that an apology? It's all excuses...why what you did wasn't so bad...why you don't deserve what you got!

  • yada

    He WAS right. Beyonce deserved it...

  • Dee

    Even though what Kayne did was awful at least he's owning up to it now and admitting that it was wrong. He's trying

  • Ti

    People would say his apology wasn't genuine if it was too soon. This man is human. He deserves to live and grow in this life just as anyone does. Unfortunately his life is lived in the eyes of millions. People will pass judgement Kanye but GOD's is the only whom matters!! Taylor, you and Kanye ROCK!! You are a beautiful person. I am proud of you both!

  • onemorereason

    Give him one more shot. He has made mistakes and let his overly-enlarged ego get in the way. He seems genuinely apologetic in this, even if it is a year late. Sometimes it takes awhile to fully understand the ramifications of whatever it was you might have done. He now sees that and is attempting (in his own way) to make amends. If he does it again, then yes, turn on him for being a liar and a hypocrite. Until then, listen to the song he just released. It's called Power for a very specific reason. If you don't get it, just go read the lyrics and understand what is going on in the song behind the beat. Kanye, you have one more try in my heart. Don't screw this one up.

  • VJ

    If he'd really learned his lesson, he would not have said that he thought Timberlake should have won instead of the Dixie Chicks. Back off, buddy! He doesn't seem to get that it's not for him to say. He is not the king of the music industry, nor do his tastes reflect the rest of the country's. Besides, if anyone knows how saying something brash can hurt a career, it's the Dixie Chicks, so maybe his sympathies could lie there? But no, he keeps it up. We're supposed to, what? Feel grateful that he didn't run up on stage and steal the mic from the Chicks, but only published it on Twitter that he didn't think they deserved to win? What an ass.

  • chris

    Love him!

  • Jackie

    The only reason that he is apologizing now is because he and Taylor Swift are both slated to appear at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sept. 12. Shame on him for first taking away Taylor's moment, bringing it all back to the surface before the MTV's and for this sham of an apology. Again, only out for himself.

  • White

    Kayne, you're a F@#$ing idiot I'm glad I never like you dumn ass song my dog could rap better then you! your racist bastard and you eager to be someone you're not, I hope your record if you call that a record, do hit any of the 1000 spot. You derserve everything and more! DICK!

  • Ice Man
    Ice Man

    Douche Bag!!!!

  • Wolverine

    Hahaha He talked about Taylor the whole time. He has a crush on her, big time. Lol, courting attempt FAIL!

  • annabannana56

    That's a long f*cking article...And I'm not planing to read it...Anyway,who gives a sh*t? BORING.

  • Tara Shea Monroe
    Tara Shea Monroe

    Kayne might be apologizing now, but he is still a jackass... he still acts like he is the sh*t in the music business when he isn't. he needs to get his ego in check because he is not god...

  • Spin Doctor Kanye
    Spin Doctor Kanye

    This douche is apologizing now because he has a new album coming out soon and this is all a public relations tactic. FU Kanye!

  • NINA

    He's sill a big ass, He only feels bad cuz he's loosing money now. After everything that he has ever done publicly scrutinizing other artist and all his sh*t talking cuz of his big egO!!!! and his big ass head, the public has now seen him for whom he really is. Now no longer a big shot, and he's lost his fame, he's sorry....Hell no! Your an ungrateful spoiled ass mother f*cker Kanye WEst, who deserve to burn. Sorry you should of appreciated what GOD had given you, but you became selfish arrogant ***hole, who didn't care for any body sh*t but yourself. Its way too late! This is way of trying to buy people's love in return to increase records sales. Still an ***hole.

  • mel

    he obviously feels really bad, what he did sucked but there are soo many worse people in the world that his actions that night were irrelevant . i wish him well!

  • Lizzie

    Okay he obviously feels really bad, but why it took him a year to apologise to Taylor I don't know.

  • maria

    yes he does feel bad but there is no excuse!!!i can say i am drunk so i can do everything i want and hurt other ppl's feelings??no way......i think it will take a lot more than that to be forgiven!!!he ruined her first real mtv vma moment!!